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Teen Pulse

  • 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.

  • Word on the Street 10-14-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Elizabeth Hjelvik asked students, “What did you do over the Columbus Day weekend?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 10-14-12
  • Fashion Maven: Give your summer sandals the boot

    Fall has finally arrived, but so has the cold weather. Everyone is starting to make the transition from summer sandals to warmer footwear.
    I know some of you would love to shuffle around in fuzzy slippers all day, but you should be doing better than that.
    Let’s make a fashion statement and replace the sandals or the slippers with a fall essential; the boot.
    There is a boot for every kind of person: ankle boots, tall boots, heeled, flat, those that are made of leather, man made materials, or even sheepskin, you name it.
    For a sophisticated look, I would opt for a dark red, dark brown or black boot with a heel.
    I recommend picking a heel height that is slightly out of your comfort zone to master as you practice walking in your boot. You can also pick a heel you are more comfortable with, if you prefer.
    Even though leather boots are usually more expensive than those made of synthetic materials, they are an investment because they last longer and allow your feet to breathe.
    Make sure to treat your leather boots with the appropriate shoe polish right after you buy them to protect them from water damage and getting stained.
    The height of boots is really your choice. Both ankle and taller boots work well with leggings and a warm dress, or with jeans.