The Little Device

By Tori De La Vega Wake up. Check your phone in hopes that someone cared enough to message you—or simply check out of habit. To your dismay, no messages, but you have the news notifications and those are always good, just not worth your time. You continue on to your morning routine and once you…

Artificial Intelligence Being Used in Pig Farms

By Jair Martinez Artificial intelligence technology has been developed to help piglets survive their first months, and to decide which sows to kill. The scheme is taking place in China, the world’s biggest producer and consumer of pork. It marks the latest deployment of tech giant Alibaba’s ET Brain cloud computing service. China’s pig industry…

The War On Drugs Rages On

By Alec Nunez The war on drugs has been waging for years, dating as far back as even the nineteenth century with the Opium Wars between China and Britain. Just like any other war, evolution occurs. This battle, however, has been taken to the home front, plaguing our nation and those closest to us. Drug use in the…

Black Panther Review

By Eean Garcia With ticket sales of over $700 million, Black Panther is without a doubt the biggest film of the year thus far. The film brought in big name actors such as Michael B. Jordan who plays Erik Killmonger, Chadwick Boseman who plays the Black Panther, and Forest Whitaker who plays the Black Panther’s…

Tustin’s MUN Travels East

By Eean Garcia As a kid that has always lived on the West Coast taking a week long trip to the East Coast was a bit of a culture shock. The change in lifestyle was refreshing for a sheltered Californian. Model United Nations allowed me and some of my closest friends to travel to New…

Florida Shooting Raises Questions of National Unity

By Alec Nunez The recent shooting that occured in Florida’s Parkland High School—that saw seventeen killed—has begun to stir the toxic waters that have flooded the country in recent years. Understandably, many are outraged that these events continue to occur without being detected or halted altogether. Recently, it seems the U.S. has devolved into a…

Will The Cavaliers Make The Finals?

By Kyle Jennejohn The Cleveland Cavaliers, better known as The Cavs, have had problems since the beginning of the season, ranging from player’s personal problems to long losing streaks. In late December, point guard Derrick Rose left the team after sustaining an ankle injury. D’Rose has a deep-rooted history with injuries, having torn his ACL…

Russ

By Vanessa Soria American Russell Vitale is known as a hip-hop and R&B recording artist who goes by the stage name Russ. Born on September 26,1992 in Secaucus, New Jersey, his family immigrated from Sicily to the States after WWII. Although he has Italian roots, his last name is a common surname. Russ was born…

Senior Season

By Tori De La Vega As the winter season sports come to an end, the seniors from both boys and girls teams are faced with memories that will last them the rest of their lives. Over the past four years memories have been created, bonds formed, and lessons learned.   What’ll players now do during…

CIF is Back!

By Tori De La Vega A big congratulations is in order for our varsity teams here at Tustin High, such as the girls water polo and boys and girls basketball teams, for making it to CIF! CIF is a program in which high school sports teams throughout California partake in order to compete with the…

Portraits

By Chloe Maddox Portraits have been used to document the human form since the beginning of mankind. From the oh-so popular cave paintings, to the painted portraits hanging on the wall, to the endless selfies in your camera roll. Regardless, a portrait is timeless, something that represents the subject and tells a story. It is…

UFO Crash Crater Found in Mexico

By Jair Martinez On January 17, a 26 foot wide smoking pit by the Torreón to Saltillo Highway in the state of Coahuila in northeast Mexico was filmed by shocked onlookers as a cloudy grey mist rose into the air. According to early reports, the pit was as deep as it was wide and no…

Movies to Watch if You Love Movies

By Galilea Oregon and Chloe Maddox Have you ever watched a movie that made you feel like you were living in a dream? Something about it lures and entices you , and sometimes it’s not even the plot that is so attractive, but rather the setting, the colors, the way the light shines on the…

Activism in Journalism

By Kristina Ching Since its conception in 1851, the New York Times has been a prolific source of news for the American people. The Times holds a reputation, both domestically and abroad, for its thoroughness, and has been ranked as the #1 newspaper in the United States by more than one respected institution. Although, The…

Taco Bell’s New Nacho Fries (They Aren’t Mine Either)

By Frank Remele My hopes weren’t particularly high when I walked in to Taco Bell. In my view, there are only so many ways you can make a fry- too much deviation, and it cannot semantically be considered one. At the same time, Taco Bell had previously achieved greatness in ways that many other fast-food…

Fixed Gears: The Universal Platform

By Jacob Rivas Since 1817, the bicycle has been an effective means of transportation for many people and has evolved over the centuries. As of 2018, a very popular platform of bikes is the fixed gear.  Fixed gears are single speed bikes that do not flow freely, which means if riders stop pedaling, the wheel…

Gigi’s Declassified OC Politics Survival Guide

By Gigi Hume Disclaimer: This article displays *extreme* liberal bias As a progress-minded kid living in OC where political leanings are as red as the sunburnt cheeks of the white people who live here, I know it can seem like your liberal-leaning self is all alone in a sea of Trumpies. But as the estimated…

Sishir Giri Continues His Coding Crusade

By Kristina Ching Not many 16 year olds can say they know how to code, and even fewer can say they’ve developed and released an app. Despite the growing number of coding academies and online programs, in-depth knowledge of computer science and coding still remains rare among high school students. Sishir Giri of Tustin High…

2018 Grammys Controversy

By Alec Nunez The Grammy Awards are always a topic of discussion each year, never failing to stir up the pot of controversy. Whether it be questionable speeches or outlandish outfits, the award show always manages to find its way into headlines. This year was no exception. As audiences viewing the event from home eagerly…

ATA Presents: “Almost, Maine”

By Camille Yost and Golda Fulmer Last week, Advanced Theater Arts presented “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani. According to Dr. Tuin, “Students showed up big in our Little Theater” to support their outstanding performance. The play begins with the Prologue, starring Pete (Jack Gallagher) and Ginette (Eileen Obregon), a couple who have been together for a…

What Are You?

“What Are You?” By Tori De La Vega It’s the question we’ve all asked our peers: “What are you?” The question—such a simple question, we’ve all asked or been asked. As a mixed-race female, this question has been asked to me multiple times and at times I have been taken by surprise due to its…

2084: The Fetus Market

By Frank Remele It was not my intention to lure you into clicking on the article through use of a provocative title that makes the hair on the back of your neck crawl. Nor was it my intention to call for immediate legislation out of moral sanctitude drawn from what may be primal instincts to…

‘Meet the ATA: Halloween Edition’ Review

By Camille Yost On October Friday the 13th, Advanced Theater Arts presented to Tustin High School a wonderful production of ‘Meet the ATA: Halloween Edition’ showcase. The ten different scenes captured both the spookiness and comedic takes on the holiday dedicated to the dead. A notable scene, “Kev Burger” was about a couple who stopped…

Grab a Bite of Senior Year

By Vanessa Soria As you may or may not know, seniors have the privilege of leaving during lunch, as long as you have a parent signature for an off campus sticker. Senior year is a big year, so why not take advantage of it by grabbing a big bite at one of the many delicious…

Welcome Dr. Tuin!

By Benjamin Rodriguez Enthusiastic, kind, open-minded, caring, polite—this is just a short list of words that can be used to describe our brand new principal, Dr. Jon Tuin. Almost every morning before first period, Dr. Tuin is at  the entrance of school greeting Tiller students as they walk onto campus. If you don’t see him…

Tustin vs. Valencia

By Chaise Howard The Tustin High boys water polo team sadly took the “L” when they played Valencia High on October 6. Although they held a tie for the first 3 quarters of the game, in the fourth quarter Valencia pulled ahead and finished the game with a score of 4-6. The game started with…

Mist Your Problems Away

By Chloe Maddox Although the summer has come to an end, California is never truly chilly. One way to combat heat while clearing your skin is by using a refreshing rose water mist. I like to use this to prime and set my makeup, as part of my skincare routine and just as a refresher….

Tom Petty’s Death: Leaving Millions in Heartbreak

By Golda Fulmer Tom Petty—a renown musician and singer—passed tragically, at the age of 66, on October 2, 2017, at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA. The cause of death was cardiac arrest early that morning, and his death was officially confirmed later that night, despite the confusion that afternoon. Petty was famous for…

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

By Alec Nunez After the acclaimed success of director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster (2015), 2017 brings audiences his latest work, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Following Yorgos’ style of dark and twisted stories, this film follows Steven, a charismatic cardiovascular surgeon, who takes a fatherless teenage boy, Martin,  under his wing after he intrudes…