Teen Pulse

  • Andrew and Mousie 03-17-13
  • Fashion Maven: Sparkle on prom night

    I’m issuing a wake up call to high school juniors, seniors and even sophomores.
    Prom is in a month. Mark your calendars for April 20. You’ve got to get your outfits soon.
    If you go shopping last minute, you may find a gown you only like — but don’t love — or perhaps, no gown at all.
    The first place I suggest looking is at department stores. They tend to offer a wide variety of styles and colors.
    Bear in mind that other students may have bought their dresses in the same department store, which means that someone could end up having the same gown as you.
    Popping into a few thrift stores is not a bad idea. If you’re lucky, you may find a unique piece for a low price.
    For those of you who are even thriftier, comb sales racks for dresses or borrow a gown from a friend.
    Choose a dress color that complements your skin tone and the shade of your accessories.
    If, for example, your dress is purple, accessorize with silver shoes and nails.
    If you’re more comfortable in flats than heels, wear some bedazzled flat-soled shoes instead.
    As for clutches, I personally like a little bag that accessories my outfit in the correct color, has a shoulder strap and can carry my phone and lip gloss.

  • ‘Flight’ is a bit of a risk for viewers

    Drinking and driving don’t go together, thus it makes perfect sense that drinking and flying shouldn’t mix either.
    In the movie “Flight,” an airline pilot, Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) saves all but six passengers after the plane he was flying failed in mid-flight.
    As if to make the odds of survival even less likely, Whitaker manages to save the plane from certain disaster while in a state of inebriation.
    An investigation ensues in response to the crash and that is where Whitaker’s drunkeness is revealed.
    Though the crash sets the base for the film, “Flight” explores the boundaries of law and morality while demonstrating the horrors of drug and alcohol abuse, portraying the temptations of a struggling addict.
    The movie shows no matter how long or well an addiction is suppressed, one moment of weakness, one small drink, can throw everything away.
    “Flight” is not a bad film, but it isn’t great either.
    Due to nudity and pervasive drug and alcohol use, some may find the film uncomfortable and unpleasant. The story is simple and overall predictable, as well.
    Even if the film lacks a complex story and goes over the top with sex, drugs and alcohol, what makes this special are the visual/audio effects and the acting.

  • Local families pay homage to their Irish roots

    Top o’ the morning!
    Almost everyone has heard of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick. But how many know that he wasn’t actually born in Ireland and that he was a slave?
    St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century. When he was 16, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland.
    After six years, he escaped on a ship headed back to Britain. Patrick eventually became a Catholic priest.  
    Returning to Ireland as a bishop, Patrick converted the pagan Irish people to Catholicism. He is famous for using a shamrock to explain to the people about the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.
    After many years of serving the people of Ireland, St. Patrick died on March 17, 461.  
    The Catholic Church commemorates his life each year by naming March 17 as St. Patrick’s Feast Day.
    Today in Ireland, the feast day of St. Patrick has also become St. Patrick’s Festival, a five-day celebration and tourist attraction, where millions of people enjoy music, dance and fireworks.
    The millions of Irish immigrants in the United States have celebrated St. Patrick’s Feast Day since the late 1700s.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 03-10-13

    Monday: Pool tourney
    Tuesday: St. Patrick’s bingo
    Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    Thursday: St. Patrick’s day cards
    Friday: Wii Friday, LAAC open 8 a.m.6 p.m. WRAC closed.

    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. 

  • Word on the Street 03-10-13

    Teen Pulse staff member Owen Bradbury Aranda asked students, “Why do you ride Atomic City Transit?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 03-10-13
  • The smell of style: Find your signature scent

    Are you one of those people that loves perfume?
    I sometimes feel a little ashamed when I peek into my perfume drawer and see a rather large stash of scents piled on top of one another.
    I have realized, however, that other people have the same issue I do, and that this dilemma is actually not a problem at all.
    Perfume can act as accessories. They are added touches that can spruce up an outfit with a little spritz.
    Since we have so many necklaces, bags, scarves and shoes, I believe there’s nothing wrong with owning a variety of perfume as well.
    A consultant at Dillard’s once explained his reasoning on the subject to me. He told me that everyone should have their own “perfume wardrobe.”
    This idea seemed much more appealing to me than having an unorganized stockpile of scents.
    The concept of a “perfume wardrobe” may sound silly at first, after all, the word wardrobe is usually associated with clothing.
    But more importantly, your wardrobe is a collection of the pieces that you love and that reflect your personality.
    In this sense, perfume certainly fits the bill. The only scents we actually buy are the ones we truly adore. No one normally takes pleasure in wearing a perfume they detest.

  • 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.