Teen Pulse

  • Gritty drama tackles sensitive subjects

    The thought of an infectious epidemic spreading across the United States seems unthinkable, but in the 1980s the AIDS epidemic made this horrific possibility a reality.
    “Dallas Buyers Club” tells the true story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a cowboy from Dallas who finds himself nearly broke, HIV positive and with only 30 days to live.
    Faced with discrimination from those around him who were once his friends, Woodroof skips town in search of help to extend his life expectancy.
    He works his way around the United States healthcare system and obtains un-FDA approved drugs from Mexico to treat him and other AIDS patients in need. Because selling unapproved drugs in the U.S. is illegal under federal law, Woodroof starts the Dallas Buyers Club, where the memberships are bought, but the drugs are free.
    In a sense it is a story of redemption. A man who has spent his entire promiscuous life hating those who are different finds himself helping those very people in order to give his life some meaning.
    The film openly confronts the issue of homophobia, particularly targeting the subject in rural America. This perspective is particularly compelling and interesting, because it challenges the misconceptions surrounding homosexuals and transsexuals during the AIDS epidemic.

  • Cracking the college conundrum

    The essays, the endless applications, the deadlines, the checklists, the fees, the tests, the acceptances, the rejections.
    Applying for college can arguably be one of the most stressful, heartbreaking, gratifying and exciting experiences in a student’s high school career.
    We Los Alamos High School seniors have just come to the end of the arduous process, beginning our college searches as early as junior year and making our final decisions as late as May 1.
    Through web searches, meetings with counselors and oodles of time spent digging through college websites, we’ve discovered a lot about the college admissions process that regular college preparation books might not mention.
    Before I embark on the next steps of my life, I’ve decided to pass down what I have learned for the benefit of the LAHS students who are about to start applying for college. This is not a comprehensive list; rather, these are just a few tips and tricks I have picked up along the way.
    Junior year pre-college search essentials:

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 05-19-14 to 05-23-14


    Youth Activity Center Schedule


    Monday: Pool tournament


    Tuesday: Painting


    Wednesday: Movies and munchies


    Thursday: Twister challenge


    Friday: Kids choice games 


  • Lewis and Todd 5-18-14
  • Word on the Street 5-18-14


    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked LAHS students, “What are your summer plans?”

  • Stressing over social media


    In today’s society, social media is everywhere. From texting to Facebook to Twitter, social media plays a huge part in most people’s lives, especially the lives of teenagers. 

    In September 2012, the Pew Research Center conducted a study that reported 95 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 are now online and 81 percent of those teens use some kind of social media.

    Although many teenagers may enjoy using social media to keep in touch with their friends, the social media apps that facilitate this can also cause stress.

  • Word on the Street 5-11-14


    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked LAHS students, “What’s your most essential wardrobe item?”

  • Lewis and Todd 5-11-14
  • ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ is thoroughly entertaining


    The house lights dim, signaling the official beginning of the Los Alamos High School musical production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” 

    The LAHS Olions Thespian Club presented the production at Duane Smith Auditorium May 1-4.

    “Thoroughly Modern Millie” told the story of young Millie Dillmount (Camille Rousculp) who has arrived in 1920s New York City abound with the aspiration to live an independent life. 

    In an attempt to pursue the identity of the reinvented modern woman, Millie chops her hair short and replaces her floral frocks with skirts that rise above the knee. 

  • Fashion Maven: Vogue en route


    For years I have been wishing for a new clothing store to open its doors in Los Alamos.

    Finally, my days of silent pleading and finger-crossing have come to an end.
    That’s right, a new clothing store isn’t just coming to Los Alamos; it’s driving here.

    Santa Fe native and fashion industry savante Colette Rodriguez is bringing her brand new mobile boutique, called the Desert Willow Boutique, to our town. It will be Northern New Mexico’s first fashion-on-wheels retail shop. 

    Desert Willow, is a full service Mobile Boutique catering to the customer who is searching for unique quality fashion, sophistication and a convenient location.