The Liberator

How JK Rowling Failed the Harry Potter Fanbase

Ainsley Freeman, Web Editor

September 1, 2020

The Harry Potter franchise was a staple of many a childhood. First published in 1997, it quickly became massively popular, making J.K. Rowling the first person to become a billionaire by writing alone. As a child, I, like many others, idolized Rowling for both her books and her charitable personality;...

Valentine’s Day: Consumerist Hoax or Romantic Holiday?

Alex Watson, Photo Editor

February 14, 2020

Once February rolls around, teenagers can barely move without running into a chocolate display or a red plastic heart. Schools sell candy grams during lunch and blanket the halls with paper decorations and posters. In the midst of all this, some may wonder if Valentine’s Day is as meaningful as it...

Kwanzaa: A History

Diya D'souza, Staffer

January 17, 2020

While many Americans spend the morning of December 25th sitting around a tree opening gifts, those who celebrate the holiday of Kwanzaa don’t celebrate until the next day. An estimated 18 million African Americans take part in Kwanzaa Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration, from December 26th to January...

A Merry Austinite Christmas

Alex Watson, Photo Editor

December 25, 2019

Now that winter has officially begun, it’s time to lace up your skates and spread some holiday cheer! Although there likely won’t be much snow in Austin, you can do just about everything else to celebrate this magical time of year. The city has many time-honored traditions to explore, from ice skating...

The Rise of Fall Foods

Grace Woodruff, Staffer

November 6, 2019

The leaves are falling down, a crisp breeze is in the air, and every cafe, restaurant, and grocery store is offering pumpkin-flavored goodies. With many pumpkin-imbued treats offered by a variety of different stores, it becomes difficult to differentiate between what has good flavors and what has good...

Sticking for What’s Right

Ahnsa Campbell, Staffer

November 6, 2019

Whether it be in the media, from your teachers, or during a conversation with your friends, the word “global warming” is thrown around quite often. Understanding what it means and the cause surrounding it is something different. During the Industrial Revolution, technological innovation began...

The Beginning of the End – Senior Traditions Around LASA

The Beginning of the End - Senior Traditions Around LASA

Ava DeLeon, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

For some seniors at LASA, their last year in high school is the last leg in a long race of numerous challenges. As a way to commemorate their education career, LASA seniors have lots of traditions that occur every year to celebrate their final high school year. Seniors decorate their cars and attend...

How the Liberator is Made

How the Liberator is Made

Ainsley Freeman, Web Editor

October 11, 2019

Every six weeks, a new issue of the LASA Liberator is distributed throughout the school and, stacks of newspapers are placed on the desks in every classroom for the students to take their copy. But how is the Lib made? What kinds of editing and processes does it take to get the newspaper from a simple...

There and Back Again

There and Back Again

Diego Prozzi, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

LASA has been a high school in Austin since 2007, and has seen many teachers and students come and go over the years. Aaron Pellowski, the Latin teacher, and Vyasar Ganesan, a college counselor, were both students at LASA. Now, Pellowski is in his first year teaching here while Ganesan just started...

To the Halls and Beyond

To the Halls and Beyond

Ahnsa Campbell, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

LASA teachers have somewhat of a tradition involving hall passes. Teachers have crazy passes, from student-sized staffs to actual toilet seats, Teachers have complete creative freedom when it comes to their hall passes. This means a lot of teachers have weird and wacky passes. Although having an...

Life Outside of LASA – Work or Play?

Life Outside of LASA - Work or Play?

Jake Matz, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

LASA is a prestigious school nationwide, ranking #12 on Niche and #18 by U.S. News & World Report nationally. However, success in the school world can come at a sacrifice of personal time. The problem is whether this time commitment is too costly on the student. LASA has a graduation plan set up for...

LASA teachers float from class to class

Alex Watson, Staff Writer

April 12, 2019

All teachers have to handle rowdy classrooms and heaps of papers to grade, but not all of them have to face packed hallways between classes. When the bell rings, teachers who do not have their own classroom have to fight through hordes of students to get to their next class, rather than being shut safely...

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