Retro Revitalization

by Gwynn Van Houten The “Eighties” label often inspires visions of vibrant, eclectic style, of a golden age of music, of countless classic films and series, and a grand wave of new technology: from muscle cars to computers, VHS to video games. And if these visions inspire a sense of nostalgia within you — regardless…

5 Places in California You Didn’t Know Existed

By Karley Bailey, Nayeli Medina, and James Smith When California was discovered by Spanish Conquistadores in 1533, it was given the name Califia; a word which originates from a hopeless romantic writer of the name Montalvo. This was a word he used to represent a “mythical island paradise” in his novels. Geographically, California is not an…

How It Feels to be a Second Semester Senior

By:  Karli Stichter It’s almost impossible to wake up every morning and drag yourself to class as a senior in the home stretch of high school. Days seem longer and you’re more tired than you have ever been in your life. You find yourself falling asleep at midnight. One o’clock. Two o’clock. The amount of…

Spring Inspired Nails

By Linda McNeil, Sophia Garcia, and Mikaella Brown It’s about that time, ladies! Spring is calling for a new manicure, and what better excuse to design your nails in a fun, bright, and colorful way? This is the season for a fresh start, so express your outer beauty with colors out of your comfort zone. …

Tiller’s Baseball Gets the Win in their Staff Appreciation Game

By Katelyn Merrell               Every year the Tustin baseball program holds their staff appreciation game where the players get a chance to choose their favorite teacher or staff member and ask them to wear their jersey at the game. Some of the special staff members out at the game sporting their students’ numbers were Mrs….

Meet NCT, the Boy Group with Infinite Members

by Jacqueline Martinez NCT, a newly-formed boy group, has quickly taken control of the K-pop Industry. Their debut song “The 7th Sense” reached 1 million views in just its first days of being released. It’s not very common for a rookie group to gain so much popularity so early on, but the fact that they’re…

Race For the Barn House

by Gwynn Van Houten The air is heavy with tension. Everyone feels it: the men and women on the dais, prepared to battle for the favor of the people, and whose words may very well decide the outcome of their futures. In the audience, journalists’ fingers twitch in anticipation, eager to record those words for…

Pretty Hate Fifteen

By Galilea Oregon I turn fifteen on April 27th. In Latino-American culture, a girl’s fifteenth birthday is not only one of the most celebrated but also one of the most meaningful and bittersweet days in a girl’s life: the transition from girlhood to womanhood officially begins and you’re swept up into a whirlwind of responsibilities…

Introduction to Suspension

By: Gilbert Jaime A key system to the automobile, other than a stereo system, would be the suspension. The suspension is often times an overlooked part of the automobile.  Without the suspension, cars would be very difficult to control at high speeds. You may be asking yourself what the suspension system does. Well for starters,…

When I Grow Up

By: Yaire Alfaro People see me as a little kid, Someone who can’t act proper,   Someone who can keep secrets. Just wait. When I grow up, You will love me, Want to be around me, Tell me secrets, And need me for help. I will help you And treat you like a friend Because…

Senior Lacrosse Boys go Out With a Bang

By: Benjamin Rodriguez On Friday, April 22 Tustin’s boys’ varsity lacrosse honored their senior players during their Senior Night ceremony.The players recognized were, Matt Gaddis (#44), Caleb Bullock(#28), Jim Garcia (#3), Julian Martin (#7), Jacob Ixta (#33), Hugo Virgen (#18), Lucas Gerome (#29), Nick Stanczyk (#12) Ramon Lucero (#25), and Eric Salinas (#2), Aldair Salas…

Surfpop Junkie: Music for the Angsty Soul

By Galilea Oregon Surf pop: the epitome of teenage angst packaged in slurred lyrics, banging drums and continuous guitar riffs. A mixture of garage rock and surf, surf pop is a unique genre, perfect for summer parties or just for your own personal enjoyment. Below are a few surf pop and surf rock bands that…

How To Look Like A Festival Goddess

By Jocelyn You Spring and summer are the times for music festivals all around the country to shine. From Coachella to Lollapalooza (and yes, even to Stagecoach), music lovers run to the gates dressed in their SUN-day’s best. To beat the heat, stay comfortable, and still kill the fashion game, see what I would wear to…

Phobophobes Beware

By Nayeli Medina and Jorge Perez Phobias are defined as “a type of anxiety disorder.It is a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no real danger” by Medline Plus. Things such as heights and listening to people say long words may not seem like a big deal to many, but may cause…

How To Style a Plain White Tee

By Brisa Velasquez Who knew something so basic could make or break an outfit? White t-shirts are in style all year round and are perfect for any type of weather. Accessorized correctly, you can pull together any outfit. Always Denim You can never go wrong with a white tee and jeans. Roll up your jeans,…

Rocket League: Intro

by Johnathon Froman Rocket League is a multiplayer game developed by Psyonix and was released on July 7th, 2015. In the game, you and a team of other players control cars in a modified version of soccer. This action-packed game has garnered incredible success in the gaming community–reaching thousands of players within mere months after…

Death of a Prince

By Kristina Ching On Thursday, April 21st, 2016 I came home to hear muffled sounds of music coming from my room, which I live in alone. Confused, I pushed open the door to see my dad sitting on the floor in front of my record player. Prince’s 1999 vinyl spun with the volume turned all…

4/20: Columbine

By Karli Stichter On April 20, 1999 was the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado. Two students went on a rampage that would continue to terrify the country years later. Although this is not the first school shooting, it is a significant one in the sense of the way we view school shootings today….

What I Need

by Yaire Alfaro I need to know you’re mine, Know that you care, Know that you will be there to catch me. I need to know You won’t hurt me. I need to know I’m your priority. I need to know That you will stay, You will fill the empty Spaces in my heart. Most…

Man, It’s Kind of Weird

By Anonymous Man, it’s kind of weird to think that you have a phobia and hate for me, just because of what I identify myself as. I am a teenager (obviously.) Unpreventably, some people feel I’m “too young” to know what I want to do with my life. I am a female. Without question, some…

Tustin Suffers Heartbreaking Loss to Cypress

By Benjamin Rodriguez On Friday April 18, Tony Barrios led the Tillers’ Varsity baseball team into an Empire League battle against the Cypress Centurions. Barrios and Cypress’ pitcher engaged in a pitching duel, each not allowing a single run until the top of the seventh when Cypress scored the game clinching run. Cypress’ pitcher pitched…

Familiar Faces Return to Tustin

By Jasmine Vasquez Shifting from an old school to a new school is nerve racking. One day the faces are familiar, friendly, and recognizable, and the next they are new, unfamiliar, and foreign. Competing for Tillers’ football their freshman year, juniors Carlos Larios and Robert Washington are back at Tustin High after switching schools their…

Bordertown: America’s Stern Mother as a Cartoon

By: Destiny Gomez Shock was thrown at the world on January 3rd, when the first and most anticipated episode of “Bordentown” aired on Fox. Bordertown targets the relationship between 2 families, the American Buckwalds and the Mexican Gonzalez family, living in a makeshift city called “Mexifornia.” Amidst all the current controversy happening in politics, I’m…

Disturbed Live

By Joshua Muller Everyone was down with the sickness on Thursday March 17 when heavy metal band, Disturbed, played at The Observatory in Santa Ana while touring for their new Immortalized album. The sold-out show filled the small venue with fans ready to rock out but before they entered the venue, security guards handed them…

Senior Munch 2016

By Katelyn Merrell and Karli Stichter With graduation around the corner, Tustin High School kicked off their annual end of the year events with the senior class traveling to Medieval Times for Senior Munch. This fun activity was a time for seniors to make memories with their friends, laugh, unwind from all the stress of…

Tough Loss for Tustin Baseball Against Cypress

By Cristobal Segura Tustin Varsity baseball lost their league opener to top ranked team Cypress in 11 innings on Wednesday. Cypress scored early but Tustin eventually scored six runs, led by Anthony Walters in the 4th, knocking reigning league MVP, Cypress’ James Acuna, out of the game. However, Cypress tied it up in the 6th…

Tiller Boys’ Volleyball Quick Victory Over Kennedy’s Irish

By Kristina Ching Tillers’ boys’ volleyball faced off against Kennedy’s Irish in a high energy game Tuesday afternoon in the sports pavilion. The Tillers expected a close fight going into the match against their two year rivals, but ultimately fought to a victory in three games. Coach Joanna Johnson explained that, “We felt like we really had…