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Teen Pulse

  • Movie Review: Legendary story takes on new spin

    Everything needs a foundation, and director Peter Jackson lays a fitting corner stone for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy with his latest epic finale, “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.”
    Picking up the action from the cliffhanger at the end of the second movie, the villagers of Laketown flee the ruins of their wooden village, destroyed by Smaug the dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch).
    The dwarves prepare the mountain for siege, while, Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Galadriel (Cate Blanchet), Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and Saruman (Christopher Lee) confront the nine kings returned from the dead, and find an old enemy.
    In front of the mountain, the refuges of Laketown and the wood elves prepare a siege to claim a part of the treasure.
    Tensions escalate as Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) negotiates to prevent a skirmish. Despite his efforts, the dwarves of the Iron Hills arrive to defend the mountain. Before the armies of men, elves and dwarves can meet, Azog (Manu Bennett) and his force of orcs, by a second force of orcs from the north, attack. At the climax of the storyline, the five armies battle to decide the fate of Middle Earth.

  • Students advise administrators on new dance regulations

    The Los Alamos High School’s Topper Advisory Council (TAC) has recently reviewed and approved a new set of guidelines, created by the student council, pertaining to dress code and other school rules for high school dances. The TAC, a council consisting of members belonging to the LAHS staff, student population, and parents, provides advice to the principal on school related issues. With a membership of about 20, this group of hardworking individuals meets monthly and is committed to making a positive and influential impact on the high school.
    After tireless effort to revise the old code, members of the high school’s student council created a new set of dance rules due to previous misconceptions, misinterpretations and an overall negative reaction from high school students in relation to the previous dance regulations.
    LAHS senior Jodi Thomas said, “I think that the main problem about what happened was not the rules, but how late they were released.” Others felt differently though, asserting that the rules regarding strapless dresses, dress thigh height and open back dresses needed revisions. Regardless, both issues have been solved with a revision and approval of the new rules more than five months before the high school’s next big dance, Prom.

  • Word on the Street 1-11-14

    Teen Pulse staff members Tom Hanlon and Melisssa Wysocki asked students, “Do you have any predictions about what will happen in 2015”

  • Lewis & Todd 1-11-15
  • From Leather to Lace: Tailor made for the new year

    ...Five, four, three, two, one! The big apple drops and it’s officially 2015.
    With a fresh year in mind it is no surprise that fashion tops my resolution list.
    For those of you struggling to piece together a fashion resolution, take into account the two sides of the fashion resolution scale to find your tailor made resolution.
    On one end is minimalism, a style characterized by extreme spareness or simplicity. From the fashionista’s perspective, minimalism exudes subtlety and elegance. These nuances are evident in higher-end pieces that fall under the minimalist category.
    Fashion runways today bear eccentric and avant-garde draperies, jewels and footwear. Sometimes, such items are thrilling to see on the runway, but cannot be worn in public on a regular day to day basis. Of course, we all need that special dress for the cocktail party next Saturday or the sky high heels for Lucy’s wedding on Wednesday, but are those items really necessary?
    William Zinsser, author of “On Writing Well,” tells us to “simplify, simplify, simplify.” This simplifying process applies to fashion, as well as writing.
    Will “detoxing” style put you through both a physical and mental catharsis? I leave the experiment to you.

  • Word on the Street 1-4-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Ben Hanlon asked students, “What is your new year’s resolution?”

  • Lewis & Todd 1-4-15
  • Dear Santa...From the Teen Pulse
  • Foreign exchange student shares view of Los Alamos

    Every year, families around Los Alamos host exchange students from different parts of the world.  In 2013, teens came from Germany, Poland, France and Serbia, and this year after applying through the Rotary Club, teens came from Europe and South America.
    Arriving from the Netherlands, Frederiek Gerretschen, 16, a junior at Los Alamos High School during the 2014 school year, is one student who has traveled from her hometown to experience American culture.
    “I love to travel and to get to know other cultures, and the best way to get to know a different culture is to live there,” Gerretschen said.
    When Gerretschen turned in her application, she did not know where she was headed or what to expect, but by March she was informed that she would be placed in Los Alamos.
    Since then, Gerretschen has become integrated into the LAHS community. During the fall, she was a member of the cross country team. She currently introduces her own culture to Los Alamos teens through the LAHS International Club.
    Although Gerretschen visited New York prior to her exchange trip, she has identified differences between the Netherlands and the United States.

  • The Pondering Column: Questions raised about torture justification

    Today marks the second edition, of “The Pondering Column.” Here I will discuss, reader written questions, regarding morals, philosophy and belief.

    Today’s question, asked anonymously: “Is torture ever justified?”
    This question has particular relevance given recent events. As you may know the CIA released a previously classified report, stating that they had used various techniques of torture to dissolve credible threats against national security.
    The morals behind torture have been an issue for humans since the beginning of our existence, but the answer to this specific question is fairly simple. Yes, torture can be justified.
    Now the real question is, at what point is torture justified? A wide variety of cases would permit torture, at least from my perspective. The only parameter surrounding the permissibility of torture is similar to the “eye for an eye” law of retaliation.
    This law asserts that if one injures another, he or she will be injured to the same extent. So if I shoot your eye, you can shoot mine, but what exactly is taken with torture? The well-being of an individual.