Rise of the Ramones

By: Tanya Soto Here come leather jackets, long hair, Converse, and ripped jeans—Joey the lead singer, Johnny on guitar, DeeDee as bassist, and last but not least Tommy on the killer drums. They all had the surname “Ramone” even though they weren’t related. Their fast beats and catchy lyrics started in New York City in…

Homecoming: Sink or Swim?

HOMECOMING: Sink or Swim? By: Julia Klotz   Last week on Friday, October 24, 2014 Tustin High held their annual homecoming dance. With a luau theme for the night, Tustin’s ASB, along with the help of their advisor Mr. David Peay, transformed the pool into a Hawaiian getaway. When asking Tustin High’s student body about…

Too Late

By Julie Moreno * * *         “Why are you late?” Mr. Valdez looks at me waiting for my answer. I’m standing in front of the classroom with everyone staring.         Will you like to ask my siblings that? “I woke up late,” I murmur to him. He nods at me and tells me to…

The “Little” Club With “Big Plans”

By Vanessa Tang and Patricia Sanchez Big Brothers Big Sisters makes a difference one child at time. Ernest Kent Coulter founded Big Brothers Bigs Sisters 110 years ago. The mentors  called “Bigs,” meet with their mentee called a “Little,” and act as their role models. The Littles receive little attention at home and most lack…

Tiller Advice Column — Ask The Tiller

Dear Tiller, I feel really bad but then again I don’t. I made a really bad mistake but I can’t help but keep doing it…. I’m seeing my best friends boyfriend behind her back and she doesn’t have the slightest clue. I constantly lie to her about where I am and what I’m doing when…

Fall Into Fall

 Katelyn Merrell                 Autumn leaves, Halloween, Football games, Homecoming, seasonal Starbucks drinks; just a few of the many reasons people have fallen in love with the heart-warming season. The eventful season continues to fill people with a “homey and comforting feeling”, but why is that? I took the opportunity to interview students around campus to…

Adidas Originals: Fall, Fall, Falling Into Trend

  By Jocelyn You Adidas created a line to branch off of their regular sporting clothing; it is called Adidas Originals. The line features the classic Adidas style of clothes, but with a twist. The pieces are printed with either wild designs such as neon floral print or color-blocked simplicity. With the sporty look staying…

Name of the Game

Fiction By Shanni De La Cruz “What?”  Daniel glanced at Michael, who’d been the one to speak.  The quarterback had an eyebrow raised, a chip halted halfway on the journey to his mouth.  Michael followed Daniel’s gaze, and the white-haired boy took the opportunity to pluck the chip out of the quarterback’s hand and shove…

Conquer

I wasn’t always shy. Talking wasn’t a huge problem for me, unless I was forced to talk to a stranger. But it is natural for a kid to become shy when meeting new people. It becomes a worry when you’re fifteen-years-old and can’t even talk to your own cousins, who are a year or two…

The Return of Journalism

  By Julia Klotz With the start of a new school year comes new students, teachers, and most importantly, classes. This year at Tustin High School a Journalism class has been added to students’ choice of electives. This year’s Journalism class is run by Mrs. Kim Robinson, current English and Film Analysis teacher and author…

DIY Halloween Costume

By Jocelyn Cervantes October brings us many celebrations. Homecoming, autumn, pumpkin spiced lattes, warm weather, football games, and one of the most important, Halloween. Halloween brings not only free candy, but a night of memories.  It is the one time of the year where you can be anything or anyone you wish. As Halloween approaches,…

Tustin vs. Beckman In The Stands

Amanda Nguyen, Co-President of ASB, captures the Tiller pride shown on the stands of Tustin High students. (c)SPORTSWURLZ Photograph by Sportswurlz By Abigail Pidazo I said you gots to be a Tiller or you gots to go!  On Friday night September 26th, Tustin and Beckman students gathered at the Northrup Stadium to support their varsity football teams…

College Already?

By Alexis Diaz College Already? Stress and anxiety are two of the most common words seniors associate with when they hear “college applications” but for others it’s another opportunity for a new and exciting journey. The next four years of many seniors’ lives will be decided in a span of just 4 months. Seniors struggle with SATs, ACTs,…

Waking Up

By Dalyn Baxter I woke up as a chicken. Now, I know most people don’t have the weird disease known to me as the I-don’t-know-what-or-who-I-am-going-to-wake-up-as-because-my-body-can’t-make-up-its-mind-and-stay-human virus, but I’m a peculiar kid. The label is genius though, right? If you haven’t figured it out by that description, I change my form all the time. It’s not…

“Operation Protective Edge” More Of A Destructive Edge

  By Dylan Allen This is not a Halloween costume. This is not make believe. This has been daily reality for thousands of Gazans.  The plight of the Gazan people has now reached its 52nd day.  In just over 50 days, over 2,104 Palestinians killed by Israeli Defense Force’s attacks, contrasted to only 72 Israeli…

Tustin Tiller Cross Country

By Karli Stichter “We run this town!” “Today I ran four miles,”  says junior Jose Pedroza. To most people that sounds like a punishment, but for Cross Country runners that is what they call an  “Easy day.”  Cross Country is not a sport preferred by most, but believe it or not student athletes on this…

Tustin High Fashion

by Jocelyn You Fashion Week? Shouldn’t that be every day? Students of Tustin High have their personal style, strutting with their heads high and their looks noticed by all. Whether the style is girly with frilly lace, grunge with Dr. Marten’s, urban with hoop earrings, athletic, casual, or a style without a label, style fits…

The Boys Of Fall

  By Katelyn Merrell Tustin High varsity football finished up their preseason with a 3-2 record. They defeated Aliso Niguel, Dana Hills, and cross town rival Foothill. Their winning streak, however, came to an end when Paloma Valley defeated the Tillers at home with a score of 35-12. The Tillers also suffered a crushing loss…

Mr. Easter The Friendly Biologist

By Destiny Gomez and Cristobal Segura Learning is a vital part of life. Every day is a new challenge for students, and the only people able to help conquer daily challenges at school are teachers. Teachers come and go, but one teacher stands above all, Mr. Easter; a Tustin High School biology teacher. Mr. Easter…

The THS Water Polo Team Unites

Tustin High School – Boys Varsity Water Polo By Kassandra Ferrer and Viviana Altamirano THS WATER POLO TEAM UNITES – After starting off the season on the wrong foot, the team stopped playing as individuals and began trusting their coach’s instructions. “The boys are pretty good, started out a little bit slow but once the…

Movie Review:One Missed Call

  (Japanese version) By Melissa Lopez Release date: January 17, 2004 (Japan) and April 22, 2005 (USA) Runtime: 1 hr. 51 min. Storyline: One Missed Call is originally a Japanese film directed by Takashi Miike. In 2008, director Eric Valette remade  Takashi’s movie. The original film, in my opinion, is better because remakes usually leave…

Exorcist Movie Review

By Maciel Bustos The Exorcist (1973) “The Exorcist” is a film about 12-year-old Regan McNeil (Linda blair) who became tragically possessed by her friend “Captain Howdy,” who she met by playing a OUIJA BOARD.  Regan’s mother (Ellen Burstyn) calls for help from Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow) and Father Karras (Jason Miller); the two work…

DIY: Mason Jar Decoration

By Milca Salazar Step 1: buy all supplies ·    Elmer’s Extra Strength Spray Adhesive  (spray glue) ·         Glitter ·         Sticky letters or shapes ( optional ) ·       Flameless candle or real candle ·         Mason Jar Step 2: Creating the Decoration ·         Stick shapes and letters inside the Mason jar. ·         Place the shapes or letters…

Swatting: The Deadly Prank

By Jacob Rivas What any teen could consider a harmless prank could cost thousands of dollars to our militarized authorities and even cost somebody’s life. Swatting is when someone calls the police and files a false report causing a swat team to be dispatched to another person’s workplace or home. Most swatting incidents are attributed…

Interview With A Trans* Student

By Clay Miller I sat down with Kristina Barrett, a senior at Tustin High. This last year she has made her transition as transgendered. She has been gracious enough to sit down with me and answer some questions. I am going to be asking you a few questions, so let’s get right to it. What…

Fall Fashion

By Jocelyn Cervantes The best thing about autumn, besides the pumpkin spice lattes, is color. And it’s not just because the leaves begin to turn red or yellow, no; it’s saying goodbye to Sunday dresses, statement tank tops, and high waisted shorts. Welcome burgundy tights, plaid skirts, knit turtleneck sweaters, and a bundle of layers!…

Extinguish The Fire

By Vanessa Tang  #WeCanDoIt. We can be the generation that puts out the last cigarette. It is possible, it will just take work. There’s a new campaign created to stop teen smoking. Truth, a smoking prevention organization, runs the Finish It Campaign. Their commercials inform people about the fact that, “only 9% of teens smoke……