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The Liberator

The student-run newspaper of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy

The Liberator

Staff Stance: Hypocrisy of the Carbon Footprint: Comparing Individual and Corporate Climate Responsibility

Beck Williams and LiLi Xiong May 5, 2022

Turn off your lights when you’re not using them. Remember to reduce, reuse, recycle. Try to purchase products without excessive packaging. Sentiments surrounding the individual consumer such as these...

The Dark Side of Social Media: How the Internet Exacerbates Mental Health Issues

Beck Williams and LiLi Xiong March 23, 2022

In 2022, one would likely be hard-pressed to find anyone who is not aware, to some extent, of the negative effects of social media and internet usage, rumored or proven. From the warnings of older generations...

Staff Stance: Gerrymandering Strikes Again: Texas Legislators Push Partisan Redistricting Plan

Beck Williams and LiLi Xiong December 17, 2021

Every 10 years, the Texas legislature redraws congressional districts—or districts that a state is divided into in which one member of the national House of Representatives is elected. In theory, this...

Staff Stance: COVID Comes to Texas – Again: How Texas Fails to Protect Students and Teachers

Beck Williams and LiLi Xiong October 15, 2021

On March 13, 2020, the Austin Independent School District (AISD) closed its schools temporarily to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Less than a hundred cases had been identified in the United...

Businesses Putting a Price on Pride

LiLi Xiong, Commentary Editor September 1, 2021

To many, pride month means rainbow flags held up in the joy of being unapologetically queeer. To others, it means being an ally to the LGBT+ members of their community and taking time to celebrate and...

Staff Stance: Confronting the Canon: The Need to Diversify the Literature We Consume

Beck Williams and Zoe Klein May 28, 2021

If a modern high school student were to have a conversation with their parents about the content of their English class curriculum, the student would probably find that the books they  are reading are,...

Staff Stance: Government For the People: How the Texas Government Fails to Serve Texans

Beck Williams and Zoe Klein April 14, 2021

Our legislators have been wandering the hallowed halls of the Texas capitol for 133 years. During those 133 years, hundreds of thousands of pieces of legislation have been introduced. But in a time that...

Staff Stance: An Open Letter From Generation Z

Zoe Klein and Beck Williams February 24, 2021

When we were growing up, we often heard our parents recall the most important events of their lifetime. Specifically, they would remember where they were when a major traumatic event occurred. Where they...

Staff Stance: With Liberty and Justice for Some: Is the American Electoral College Still Relevant and Fair?

Staff Stance: With Liberty and Justice for Some: Is the American Electoral College Still Relevant and Fair?

Zoe Klein and Beck Williams January 8, 2021

Even if you lived under a rock, in the weeks leading up to the 2020 election, you would be bombarded by a constant stream of messages about the inherent flaws of each candidate, their supporters and, as...

AISD Reopens Amidst Backlash: The Argument for Safety Over Normalcy

Zoe Klein and Beck Williams November 15, 2020

As the nation attempts to recover from the devastating COVID-19 pandemic and begins to loosen restrictions intended to prevent the spread of the virus, the reopening of schools and the reinstatement of...

Distant But Unified:  How this Year’s National Conventions are Connecting to their Audience

Distant But Unified: How this Year’s National Conventions are Connecting to their Audience

Zoe Klein and Beck Williams October 5, 2020

Most years, speakers at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and Republican National Convention (RNC) are met with joyous cheers; the anxiety and nerves fall away to make room for an enthusiastic audience....

Staff Stance: Partisan Politics

Staff Stance: Partisan Politics

Aaron Booe and Alec Lippman April 13, 2020

America has become increasingly polarized with intense personal political divides that have seeped into virtually all aspects of our lives. According to the Harvard Political Review, half of all Republicans...

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