The Liberator

LASA Roadshow Takes Off

Ahnsa Campbell, Staffer

November 4, 2019

In recent years, LASA administration has made a commitment to improve diversity in the student body. Administrators, student ambassadors and teachers travel to middle schools around Austin for roadshows in an effort to recruit applicants from a wide variety of zip codes and spread information about a...

Study Buddies

Sophie Chau, Staffer

November 4, 2019

A flurry of activity signals the end of another day as students rush out the doors to get home and get on with their lives at home. Some students, however, go to study halls to get extra assistance in classes or get work done quietly. In order to provide more resources for students, LASA has recently...

The Fight for Family Land on the Texas Border

The Fight for Family Land on the Texas Border

Skylar Sidensol-Dinero, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

The border between the United States and Mexico has historically been a disputed place. The issue of building a border wall becomes even messier when generations of family land sits along the border lines. Before Texas became a part of the United States, it was a part of Mexico, and before Mexico...

Proactive Not Reactive Safety

Nia Orakwue and Malena Heineman

October 11, 2019

In the first seven months of 2019, 22 school shootings occurred. As incidents of violence similar to these shootings flood the news, school safety has come under unique scrutiny. LASA and LBJ’s respective administrations have been working with the AISD Police to ensure the campus is a safe place for...

Senior Influence on School Culture Reigns Supreme

Eve Nguyen, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

A drum lets out a loud boom as a senior raises her arms in the air, setting off a chorus of voices that echo throughout the stadium. In unison, freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors alike stomp their feet on the bleachers and cheer on the LBJ football team. This atmosphere is one of LASA’s traditions...

Dress Code Changes Perspectives

Luci Garza, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

Dress codes are inherently restrictive of students’ clothing choices, especially when implemented in a system that already heavily mandates student behavior. The manner students choose to dress is one of the ways they are able to express themselves and their interests. New Austin Independent School...

Volunteers Use Summer to Serve Others Locally, Abroad

Volunteers Use Summer to Serve Others Locally, Abroad

Malena Heineman, Student Life Editor

August 21, 2019

Summer can be a time to destress and enjoy long, hot days free of homework. This time allows students to volunteer, which has now become an advantage in college applications and raises awareness of social issues in the local community and abroad. For many LASA students, volunteering presents a way to...

Seniors set sights across the globe

Megan Ramsey, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

Before senior Will Fisher applied to college, he was enticed by the University of Cambridge, thousands of miles away, where his dad had done work as a young adult. He did not limit himself to the borders of the United States. Now Fisher will walk paths his dad walked years ago and attend classes in buildings...

Ephriam’s popcorn influenced by childhood memories

Emma McBride, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

Two students are walking to lunch after class when suddenly they smell the fresh, buttery scent of popcorn around the corner. Excitedly, they cheer in unison as they hurry to the yellow hallway to receive popcorn from LASA’s security guard, Ray Ephriam. Ephriam has many duties around LASA as a security...

Lip Dub brings dubs

McKenzi Popper, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

Though the not-so-blue skies posed an issue for the advanced Audio Visual Production (AVP) team, students still smiled, laughed and literally tossed each other in the air for the 2019 Lip Dub. The production, set to the tune of “Mr. Blue Sky,” did not run as predicted due to the ironic weather and...

Signarture Course: Planet Earth

Hanif Amanullah, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

After taking a year of World Geography and Biology as freshmen, sophomores at LASA have the opportunity to take a signature course that, in a way, blends the two classes together. This course–called Planet Earth–works to help students think about their locations in geologic terms, as well as understand...

Signature Course: Great Ideas

Zoe Klein, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

LASA has been recognized by numerous sources, including the Austin Statesman and, as a pioneer of new ways of educating. These great ideas include the signature courses, four unique classes required for all LASA students. The newest of the courses, Great Ideas, is a philosophy-based class...

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