Teen Pulse

  • Exploring the dangers of Facebook

    Elizabeth Hjelvik


    What is the point of Facebook? Since its launch in 2004, the social network has become increasingly popular. 

    On his blog, founder Mark  Zuckerberg said, “I founded Facebook on the idea that people want to share and connect with people in their lives.” 

    So why is it that there seems to be a large population of users that utilize Facebook as an online diary? 

  • Let your voice be heard

    Teen Pulse is currently recruiting middle and high school students for the staff.
    Are you interested in writing, drawing cartoons, taking pictures or writing poetry? If so, you might be a good fit for our staff.
    No experience necessary, we will train you. Minimal time required, we meet for a couple of hours a week, on Friday.
    These are volunteer positions, but you will gain experience and get published in the Los Alamos Monitor.
    If interested, send an email to teenpulse@lamonitor.com. 

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 03-24-13

    Monday: Free throw contest
    Tuesday: Jump rope contest
    Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    Thursday: Paper craft
    Friday: Kids choice outdoor games

    The White Rock YAC is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565. The Los Alamos YAC is at 475 20th St., 662-9412. Memberships are free and open to all third through eighth graders. 

  • Andrew and Mousie 03-24-13
  • Word on the Street 03-24-13

    Teen Pulse staff members Sebastian Garcia and Owen Bradbury Aranda asked students, “What was your longest relationship?”

  • Students face the dating debate

    While high school is primarily an educational experience, it is also a chance for teenagers to reflect on their personality and learn how to interact with their peers.
    Students get to know each other through common classes, lunch hour, passing periods and extracurricular activities.
    Dating however, provides a completely new opportunity to experiment and contemplate the meaning of commitment and responsibility with respect to a significant other.
    “It’s a learning experience,” said Kristen Haertling, a junior at Los Alamos High School.
    Although many relationships are short-lived, each party walks away learning something about themselves, their emotions and how to interact with others.
    The majority of these partnerships however, lack a critical foundation: commitment.
    High school students seem to start dating for reasons such as social status, a desire for qualities absent in themselves — and even sex.
    That is not to say that there are no long-term relationships in high school.
    Lasting partnerships are usually based on commitment through friendship, common interests and mutual support.

  • Word on the Street 03-17-13

    In light of St. Patrick’s Day, Teen Pulse staff member Andrew Li asked students, “Have you ever been to the end of a rainbow?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 03-17-13
  • Fashion Maven: Sparkle on prom night

    I’m issuing a wake up call to high school juniors, seniors and even sophomores.
    Prom is in a month. Mark your calendars for April 20. You’ve got to get your outfits soon.
    If you go shopping last minute, you may find a gown you only like — but don’t love — or perhaps, no gown at all.
    The first place I suggest looking is at department stores. They tend to offer a wide variety of styles and colors.
    Bear in mind that other students may have bought their dresses in the same department store, which means that someone could end up having the same gown as you.
    Popping into a few thrift stores is not a bad idea. If you’re lucky, you may find a unique piece for a low price.
    For those of you who are even thriftier, comb sales racks for dresses or borrow a gown from a friend.
    Choose a dress color that complements your skin tone and the shade of your accessories.
    If, for example, your dress is purple, accessorize with silver shoes and nails.
    If you’re more comfortable in flats than heels, wear some bedazzled flat-soled shoes instead.
    As for clutches, I personally like a little bag that accessories my outfit in the correct color, has a shoulder strap and can carry my phone and lip gloss.

  • ‘Flight’ is a bit of a risk for viewers

    Drinking and driving don’t go together, thus it makes perfect sense that drinking and flying shouldn’t mix either.
    In the movie “Flight,” an airline pilot, Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) saves all but six passengers after the plane he was flying failed in mid-flight.
    As if to make the odds of survival even less likely, Whitaker manages to save the plane from certain disaster while in a state of inebriation.
    An investigation ensues in response to the crash and that is where Whitaker’s drunkeness is revealed.
    Though the crash sets the base for the film, “Flight” explores the boundaries of law and morality while demonstrating the horrors of drug and alcohol abuse, portraying the temptations of a struggling addict.
    The movie shows no matter how long or well an addiction is suppressed, one moment of weakness, one small drink, can throw everything away.
    “Flight” is not a bad film, but it isn’t great either.
    Due to nudity and pervasive drug and alcohol use, some may find the film uncomfortable and unpleasant. The story is simple and overall predictable, as well.
    Even if the film lacks a complex story and goes over the top with sex, drugs and alcohol, what makes this special are the visual/audio effects and the acting.