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Teen Pulse

  • Word on the Street 10-28-12

    Teen Pulse staff members Owen Bradbury Aranda and Sebastian Garcia asked students, “Do you still go trick-or-treating?”

  • There’s still hope for West Coast rap

    In the 1990s, rap music dominated the music industry. While some rap songs got radio play, the more volatile form, known as “gangsta rap” was at its strongest with artists such as Snoop Dogg and The Notorious B.I.G.
    After the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur (aka 2Pac) in 1996, and the collapse of West Coast Rap Giant “Death Row Records,” West Coast gangsta rap took a downturn. Newer West Coast artists, such as Game, have tried to breathe life back into the genre, but to no avail.
    Released on Oct. 22, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” is new West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut under Aftermath, Top Dawg and Interscope Records. With the debut of this album, under executive producer Dr. Dre (Andre Yong), hope is restored in the almost forgotten genre.
    Born in Compton, Calif. in 1987, Lamar got his first taste of gangsta rap when he witnessed 2Pac and fellow rapper Dr. Dre filming for their single “California Love. In 2003, Lamar released his first mixtape, which gained enough attention for him to be signed to Top Dawg Entertainment.  Lamar caught Dr. Dre’s attention after the release of his fifth mix tape, “Overly Dedicated” in 2010.  

  • Fashion Maven: The ultimate Halloween costume

    It’s no surprise that many high school students have decided to stop trick-or-treating. They’ve probably run out of ideas for what sort of costume they should wear.
    Is there a costume out there that is fun, comfortable, not embarrassing to wear in front of your friends, and — most importantly for me — fashionable? Actually, yes, there is one that fits the bill. Have you ever considered being a fashionista for Halloween?
    Wearing a fashionable outfit is not enough for this costume idea. A fashionista is a fashion fanatic, so a complicated outfit is necessary. Let’s check out what is needed for the typical girly fashionista’s ultimate getup.
    • Anything with frills or ruffles goes. Try a frilly skirt or a tank top with multiple layers. Since it will be cold out, I suggest wearing a pea coat or structured jacket that is pink, purple, white or very feminine.
    • If you are wearing a skirt, make sure to wear leggings underneath so you stay warm when you go trick-or-treating at night. Patterned or colorful leggings are a fun addition to this outfit.
    • Black skinny jeans or patterned jeans can also be worn instead of a skirt or dress.
    • Stylish boots will also keep you warm, but if you wish to wear flats, try sparkly shoes like Toms or flower-patterned shoes.

  • Coaches have high hopes for XC team

    For members of the Los Alamos High School Cross Country team, autumn is all about running.  
    Beginning the first week of August, team members start practicing and getting in shape everyday, running about three to four miles each session.  
    Rob and Kathy Hipwood have been head coaches of the boys and girls teams since 1994. Eight other assistant coaches help to make sure the team is practicing well and helping the runners to progress throughout the season.  
    “The team has been doing great, both boys and girls. We are very pleased with the race performances from varsity to C team. The teams have been racing very consistently. So we think it’s been a very successful season so far,” Rob said.  
    Cross Country teams are usually fairly large at Los Alamos High School, but Kathy noted the LAHS Toppers’ team is made up of 97 runners this season.  
    “This is the biggest team, not by a lot, because it’s been consistently in the 80s over the past 19 years,” she said.  
    The runners are divided into varsity, junior varsity and C teams. The varsity and junior varsity runners practice a little more, including running at 6 a.m., before school begins.

  • Word on the Street 10-21-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Robert Naffziger asked students, “What is your favorite class?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 10-21-12

    Monday: Halloween bingo
    Tuesday: Jar-o-lanterns in White Rock, mood rings in Los Alamos
    Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    Thursday: Jar-o-lanterns in Los Alamos, mood rings in White rock
    Friday: Broomstick bags

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th St., next to Ashley Pond, 662-9412.
    The White Rock Youth Activity Center is located at 10 Sherwood Blvd., across from Smith’s in Rocket Park, 672-1565.
    The centers are open from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Andrew and Mousie 10-21-12
  • Muse strikes the right chord

    In today’s music industry, themed albums have become almost as rare as seeing a giant squid.
    With the introduction of the MP3, today’s artists tend to shy away from entire albums being centered completely around one subject. Instead, production efforts are put into making one stellar single that will hopefully peak enough interest in the listener to make them check out the rest of the album.
    “The 2nd Law,” English rock band Muse’s sixth full-length studio album, is a type of album that has not been seen for years. This album is unique because not many bands are bold enough to make themed albums anymore.
    Perhaps two of the most well-known themed albums are The Who’s “Tommy” and Queensryche’s “Operation Mind Crime.” Each of these efforts was famous because of their content and how the bands told a story through their albums.
    Muse does the same with the “2nd Law.” The songs tell different stories as the album unfolds. Parts are about a planet being depleted of its resources, while the title suggests that the amount of musical energy will explode throughout the album.

  • Fashion Maven: Don’t be afraid to fall for this season’s trends

    It’s about time that everyone does some fall clothes shopping, but what exactly should we be shopping for? Let me give you the scoop on the top eight trends on my list.
    • Number one: Studs. Anything with studs on it goes. Try sweaters and shirts that have stud accents on the shoulders and accessories like shoes and bracelets that include stud-like elements.
    If you’re like me and have a very girly or feminine sense of style, don’t mistake studs for looking too edgy. Small gold or silver ones used in minimal amounts for decoration on sweaters and shirts are actually very ladylike.
    • Number two: Bold prints. Fashion this year has not been color shy or print shy for that matter. Any and every print this season is allowed on any form of clothing or accessory, including shoes and jewelry.
    To make a strong statement, wear printed jeans or jackets with wild patterns. Print is also beautiful in smaller doses. Wear a blazer that is the color of one of the elements of a patterned shirt worn underneath.
    • Number three: Collars. Shirts with collars are definitely in, but this trend has been modified. Some stores and online shops are now selling detachable Peter Pan collars, which are collars that can basically be worn as necklaces, over sweaters and shirts.

  • Time traveling with ‘Looper’ is worth it

    These days it seems that once in a blue moon a movie comes along that isn’t simply a remake.
    “Looper” is one of those movies and is one of the most original action films we have seen in a long time.
    The story takes place in 2044. Time travel has not yet been invented, but specialized assassins known as loopers eliminate targets sent to them from 2074, in the future.
    The loopers are paid well and lead extravagant lives, the only catch to the job is that eventually, they will be sent back to 2044 and forced to kill their future selves, which is known as “closing your loop.”
    In the film, the protagonist Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has his future self sent back to him in order to close his loop, but when he loses him, he finds himself in a situation —where to keep himself alive in the present — he must hunt down and kill his future self (Bruce Willis).
    The plot is very exciting and filled with twists and turns that will not leave the viewer dissatisfied. However, the fundamental reason for avoiding a full plot summary is done so as not to ruin the film for those who haven’t yet seen it.