Teen Pulse

  • Rapper A$AP Rocky is on the rise

    “The streets are death row.”—Tupac Shakur.
    In May of 2011, Harlem rapper Rakim Mayers aka A$AP Rocky, taking Tupac’s advice to heart, gave up a life of selling drugs and decided to pursue a career in rap music. Repping a place like New York for a new rapper is a big feat, considering some of the best rappers such as The Notorious B.I.G. and 50 Cent came from the north. With A$AP Rocky’s debut album, “Long.Live.A$AP,” the 24-year-old rapper asserts himself as one of the brightest rising stars.
    Released on Jan. 15, 2013, “Long.Live.A$AP” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 272,000 copies as of March 6. Rocky differs from most rappers today because, instead of having one rap style, he follows multiple styles.
    From his West Coast flow in the title track, “Long Live A$AP,” to his slowed down dirty south melody style in “Goldie.” Though he has different sounds on the album, none is more prominent than “Wild for the Night,” featuring Skrillex.
    Rocky is able to infuse dubstep beats with a flawless delivery of lyrics like, “Wake up feeling blessed up, pistol on that dresser ain’t afraid to show it, I’ll expose it if I dress up.”

  • Students choose to get on the bus

    Since Los Alamos is such a small town, getting from one place to another is pretty easy for most people, especially since Atomic City Transit, the county’s public transportation system, provides Los Alamos and White Rock residents with a free, eco-friendly way to get around. But despite the service, driving from White Rock to Los Alamos or to the ski hill, seems to be the best method of getting around.
    Atomic City Transit has been running for more than three years and has routes that circulate through Barranca Mesa, North Mesa, White Rock, downtown, the Main Hill — and more recently — the ski hill and Bandelier.
    The transit is free for everyone and has drivers that provide more than just a ride — they help riders get to where they need to be if they are not familiar with the routes.
    The transit may be ideal for teenagers, since most cannot drive until they are 15; don’t choose to drive until they are 18; or just do not have access to a car.
    Los Alamos teenagers typically use the bus to get to school or get home after school or sports practice, or they use the trolley (the downtown circulator) to get to Starbucks or the library to hang out with friends.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 03-03-13

    Monday: Shamrock pins

    Tuesday: Wee Leprechaun

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Shamrock cap, activity centers open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Friday: Kids choice board games, activity centers open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

    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 03-03-13
  • Fashion Maven: Fashion sizzles on the red carpet

    Last Sunday witnessed an apex in fashion this year, the Oscars.
    The dresses and suits on the red carpet served as an accumulation of the latest in style, but also as indicators of upcoming trends.
    Fashion fanatics — around the world — myself included — had their eyes glued to their television screens to pick up on all the chic details, which will soon become the trends of tomorrow.
    Slim fitted gowns, dresses with bubble skirts and bodices with peplum waists paraded past the paparazzi.
    Ruffles, lace, stripes, sequins, sparkles and rhinestones were in no short supply. A few of these elements used in combination made for some fabulous frocks.
    Beads sparkled under the Hollywood lights, as they speckled silk or completely covered gowns in draped, chandelier-like strands.
    Intricate patterns and golden decorations, that might as well have been ceiling paintings from the Baroque era, made bold statements well-suited to the actresses’ confident personalities.
    Wedding-cake-like elements embellished some dresses with gentle elegance or classy pomp.

  • ‘Escape from Planet Earth’ is nothing new

    Just about everyone has wondered if there is life on other planets.  In “Escape From Planet Earth,” there are various planets with many alien races.  
    “Escape From Planet Earth” is an animated comedy directed by Callan Brunker and produced by Rainmaker Entertainment.  It debuted in theaters on Feb. 15.
    On Planet Baab, national hero Scorch Supernova (voice of Brendon Fraser) pulls off daring rescue missions with the help of his nerdy brother, Gary (voice of Rob Corddry), who works in mission control at BASA.
    BASA’s chief, Lena (voice of Jessica Alba of “Spy Kids”) tells the brothers that a distress call came from the dangerous Dark Planet (Earth) from which no one ever returns.
    Scorch, eager to go on the mission to rescue fellow aliens, ignores the warnings of his brother Gary not to go to the most dangerous planet.
    But Scorch does not listen and goes on the mission anyway. When Scorch arrives on Earth he is captured by the evil General Shanker (William Shatner).  
    Scorch is taken to Area 51, where he meets other captured aliens. Discovering that his brother has been captured, Gary must now save Scorch.

  • Word on the Street 03-03-13

    Teen Pulse staff member Owen Bradbury Aranda asked students, “Superman or Batman?”

  • 'Warm bodies' proves there's love after death

    By Owen Bradbury Aranda

    In a post-apocalyptic world a boy and a girl find love; despite danger, despite disapproval, oh yeah, and despite the fact that the boy is actually a brain-eating zombie.

    Although the story is an adaptation of a novel by the same name, by Isaac Marion, it is an incredibly original idea as a film and takes a whole new approach to the zombie apocalypse genre. 

    The film takes place in the future, where the world has undergone a zombie apocalypse and one of the last pockets of humanity lives behind a massive wall for protection. The protagonist “R,” a slow, lonely, teenage zombie boy, falls in love with Julie, a girl fighting for human survival. 

    In their first encounter, she sees him murder and tear apart her boyfriend and is utterly horrified, but when he saves her from certain death, she gains some sympathy for him. In order to keep her alive, he takes her with him to his hideout, where she is kept for several days. 

    As she stays with him, she quickly loses her fear of him and soon realizes that love is slowly making him become more human again. Slowly, this effect spreads throughout the population of corpses and soon love starts to make the undead become more like the living. 

  • Fashion Maven: Time is right for tights

    The weather is slowly starting to warm up, and despite the fact that it’s still winter, I’m getting the burning desire to wear a dress. 

    Or a skirt, or capris, or anything that is not ankle-length.

    Even in the springtime, the weather is often chilly, and there’s no way I can wait until summer to put on a dress.

    Luckily, a new trend is here to save the day. This new fad is centered around tights — patterned tights, specifically, because they make a statement. Designers are creating every kind of pattern imaginable. 

    You can buy cheetah print, polka dot or striped tights. Some are ornate lace creations, while others are bold and simple fishnets.

    And to top it all off, this new accessory comes in every color imaginable.

    You can pair your tights with skirts, dresses or even shorts. Mini-dresses and short shorts are especially fabulous.

  • Tom Hanlon: Gun control harms freedom

    One of the biggest issues facing my future is the cry for gun control. The liberties that my grandfather fought for in World War II are disappearing right in front of my eyes. 

    Just because a few mentally ill people decided to murder innocent people doesn’t mean my inalienable right to protect myself should be taken away. The only person qualified to protect me, is me.  

    On Oct. 16, 1991, 23 people were killed at a Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas. 

    They were victims of a man who crashed his truck through the front window of the restaurant and then walked around executing people. Suzanna Hupp, who lost both of her parents in the shooting, had reached into her purse for the handgun she owned, only to realize that it was still in her car. 

    If Texas law had not required firearms to be kept out of restaurants, both of Suzanna’s parents might still be alive today, she said. Hupp testified before Congress in opposition to stricter gun control laws. Later on, she became a U.S. Congresswoman. 

    If I were caught in a similar situation, could I take on the shooter with my bare hands? Not likely. The only way to counter someone with a gun effectively is with a weapon of equal or greater strength.