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Teen Pulse

  • Egypt’s actions demonstrate the ripple effect

    North Africa is a textbook example of the law of unintended consequences; the ripple effect. Every action has consequences and changes the world in some way. These changes then cause more effects, which further change the world, and so on. North Africa demonstrates this perfectly.
    The people of Egypt were dissatisfied with Hosni Mubarak, and through their protests forced him to step down. In so doing,
    Mubarak showed that he actually cared about his people, about his country, about something other than maintaining his power. Inspired by this example, the people of Libya realized that they, too, could overthrow their tyrant, and also took to the streets.

  • Poetry Corner 04-10-11

    The Final Hour
                

  • Library beefs up teen programs

    Teens and the library … The thought of being considered “a nerdy, library-goer” makes many teens shudder, but what if the programs at the library are actually fun?
    The last couple of years, the Los Alamos County Libraries have been building up teen programs. This year it is really taking off.
    Library patron Fredrick Briner said, “We get to escape from our home lives and just let loose for a couple of hours.”
    “The library is just a fun place to hang out,” said Jaecob Lachas, while playing a video game. “You can escape from home and school problems for a while.”

  • Word on the Street 04-03-11

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon recently asked LAMS students Anthony Chaltraw and Sarah Criscuolo a few questions about Los Alamos.

  • Legos take on Star Wars

    The new video game, “Lego Star Wars III, The Clone Wars,” was finally released on March 22, after it was announced six months ago.
    The game follows season one and season two of the “Star Wars the Clone Wars” television series. Anyone who has ever watched any of these episodes will find that this video game is very familiar.
    The game includes many characters from the movies and the series, like Obi Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano and many more. Plus, there are multiple planets on which to do battles.
    Most people may think that Lego’s are for kids, but playing this video game can be surprising. “Lego Star Wars III, The Clone Wars” has many fun features.

  • 'Greatest song' is anything but great

    Those that have been on the Internet at any point within the past week, have probably come across a link with the caption, “This is the greatest song ever,” or “Her lyrics are so heartfelt.”
    Curious souls have probably clicked that link. After all, who wants to miss out on new good heartfelt music? After all, it’s pretty hard to come across.
    Maybe some people even start thinking, “Well, maybe my opinion about the current state of the music industry was wrong.” Those who have wondered that can rest easy because they were spot on.
    It turns out this promising link is actually the 00’s version of a rickroll; a misleading link that promises to show the viewer something “amazing.”

  • TOMS encourages 'A Day Without Shoes'

    The word “charity” usually never comes to mind when buying a new pair of shoes, but TOMS Shoe Company is attempting to change the way consumers think when buying shoes.
    Founder Blake Mycoskie was in Argentina in 2006 when an idea came to him. He befriended many children who lived every day without shoes to wear, causing disease, cuts and preventing them from going to school for lack of a full uniform.
    Mycoskie came up with the idea of giving a new pair of shoes to a child in need, for every new pair of shoes that was sold through his company. He returned to Argentina later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes for the shoeless children.

  • Youth Mobilizers have fun at the Y

    In the late 1970s, the Village People sang loudly and proudly about how fun it is to stay at the Y.M.C.A. Today, teens don’t have the option of “staying” at the Y, but there are plenty of activities to keep them busy at the Y. In addition, some have decided to take it one step further by working at the Y.
    Those who have lived in the small community that is Los Alamos for a while, have probably heard the term, “youth mobilizer.” But those who aren’t familiar with the group have most likely been confused about what it means.

  • Alex Romero: One-wheel wonder

    Learning to ride a bike is hard enough, but try riding one with no handlebars and one wheel missing. Alex Romero, a 17-year-old Los Alamos High School junior, enjoys the challenge of unicycling. In fact, he can often be found around town on his unicycle.
    His interest in unicycling began in 2007 when he received his first unicycle from his uncle for Christmas.  
    He and his brother, LAHS sophomore Daniel Romero, attempted the sport but quit after a few days of frustration. Later in 2009, Romero and his brother gave unicycling another shot.

  • 03-27-11 Poetry Corner

    Oh Thy Ocean

    My bare feet hurt on the asphalt but I didn’t pay attention to the burning sensation rising up my legs. It was all clear to me now. I sprinted down the hill and slid down the sandy slope.  Only when I was down completely I thrust my feet into the cool water, the sand filling in between my toes, massaging my abraded and blistered feet.  
    Oh thy ocean.
    The ocean is my home.
    I calm down completely and close my eyes.
    I listen.
    I smell.
    I almost taste.
    Oh thy sea.
    I listen to the waves surfacing and skimming the shore.
    I almost taste the salty waves washing up my torrid and sweltry legs.
    Oh thy ocean.
    Oh thy sea.