Breaking the Social Ideals and Stigmas of Modern Rap

By Alec Nunez The genre of rap, since its breakthrough into the mainstream during the late 1970s, hasThe genre of rap, since its breakthrough into the mainstream during the late 1970s, hasalways been shrouded in stigmas. The seemingly most prevalent of these stigmas being that rap is a violent outlet that promotes womanizing and drug use…

Thoughts on Feminism

By Ivette Barajas and Alena Tran First and second wave feminist movements are largely characterized by the right to vote, the right to equal pay, and sexual liberation. This integral beginning provided the platform for third wave feminism, which tends to be associated with more intersectionality and a reclamation and redefining of concepts such as…

Betsy DeVos Confirmation: Why She’s Stirring Up Controversy

By Gigi Hume and Jacob Rivas DISCLAIMER: This article displays a liberal bias and highlights the negatives of DeVos’ new position.  The opinions in this article do not represent the Pitchfork or Tustin High School as a whole. On February 7, 2017, the Senate confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with a slim 51-50 vote as…

Everyone is Falling in La La Love with La La Land

By Gigi Hume Way back in ‘ye olden days, musicals were the norm at the box office scene, and a widely popular one in that. Tales of romance combined with light-hearted tunes of Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, and Debbie Reynolds harmonized into audiences’ hearts and created an uplifting energy, and in a time of war…

How To Get Better At Saving Money

By Kimberly Ayon Most students in high school are juggling work with their academics. But out of all these students, how many actually save up their money? Though admirable, setting aside parts of a paycheck can be a brutal chore to do. Personally, I struggle plenty with saving money. Despite being young and not having to…

Get Lit on Redhill Ave

By Karley Bailey and Nayeli Medina There’s no place like home for the holidays, there is no denying that. The warm, cozy embraces of distant relatives, that give us a nostalgic feeling of being a child in those same arms; The large, comfy, cable-knit sweaters, that are our savior from the shivering cold; And of…

The Waking Life- A Movie You Won’t Sleep Through

By Galilea Oregon Ever since my freshman honors English class studied philosophy last year, I have been extremely intrigued by intangible subjects such as time, space, love, and the very perception of reality. After we presented slideshows on philosophers and their theories on the intangible, we watched the film “Waking Life” directed by Richard Linklater,…

Forgive and Forget

By Adrian Ruiz Cheating, bad break ups, family and friend confrontations, almost all personal problems end in grudges or the typical “don’t talk to me ever again, just don’t” attitude. The person doesn’t want to be the one that admits they are wrong for what they’ve done, and hope you will come clean instead. Once…

On Not Fitting in and Why It’s Totally Okay

By Galilea Oregon I do not fit. Sometimes I feel like the wrong puzzle piece, too big and awkward to fit. I do not fit. I am stuck between learning to accept solitude and seeking validation and acceptance. I respond to text messages right away on some days, and on others I ignore every single…

Do You Understand or Do You Listen?

By Adrian Ruiz In a modern age where people are found constantly glued to their phones, ear buds in their ears, self centered, and completely unaware of their surroundings, random acts of kindness are found to be very rare, if not, non-existent. This generation is so poisoned that it is rare to run into a…

Top 10 Art Pieces

By Karimar Gatica Art has long since been a mode of cultural statements that have helped us navigate the aesthetic history, if you will, of different times and places. It has the ability to captivate the masses as it is a universal language of expression, but among the thousands upon thousands of art pieces created…

Obliterating Gender Norms

By Edwin Contreras When you enter a clothing store, the men’s section and the women’s section are separated. The gender norms of this generation suggest that a man should be wearing men’s clothing and a woman should be wearing women’s clothing. A fashion designer creates clothes for each of the sexes, male and female. Nowadays…

Top 15 Disney Foods

By: Ivette Barajas and Kim Aguilar Whenever someone recalls a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth, there is one thing that always stands out among the fun rides and tedious lines: the food. While some of it can tend to be pricey, it’s definitely worth it for a happy tummy, and for the Instagram…

Kim Kardashing Away from a Close Call with Jewel Thieves

By Adrian Ruiz and Vanessa Villegas From breaking the internet to modeling for Playboy the most famous Kardashian, Kim was robbed in Paris, France at gunpoint for 10 million dollars worth of jewelry. She was attending Fashion Week as she encountered a group of “police men” who then revealed themselves as robbers. The robbery could…

5-Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants

By Karley Bailey and Nayeli Medina Sutha Thai Kitchen Items Ordered: Pad Thai with Chicken and Pad-woon-sen Description: Asian type noodles, mixed with vegetables, and a hint of spice. Tips: If you order the lunch special at this restaurant you will receive a cup of delicious dumpling soup, along with two tasty wontons that add…

Colin Kaepernick and the Movement

By Edwin Contreras When you would sit down on a Sunday night and watch a football game what normally grabbed your attention before the game was the singer’s standout performance of the national anthem. However, Colin Kaepernick showcased a controversial performance of his own before the game had even started. It was on August 26,…

Genocide in Darfur – Another Op-Ed

By Hailey Symington Guest Writer from Mrs.Zechiel’s World History Class   Genocide in Darfur The conflict in Darfur and South Sudan should be considered a genocide. As seen in Darfur, people who lived in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps were attacked, raped, and often, they were killed. The government claimed that these attacks were meant…

Restroom Rule

by Anthony Ybarra Earlier this month, my US History class discussed the Obama Administration’s request for schools to allow any student to use the restroom they are most comfortable with. However, many Conservatives are disturbed and even disgusted by this. Which makes me wonder, why does it matter? The fact that people are so disturbed,…

Writing Excuses Podcast

by Johnathon Froman Writing Excuses is a podcast hosted by four published authors: Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells. Each week, these hosts, who founded the podcast in 2008, help educate new writers and guide the experienced to improve their storytelling. Regardless of whether they write for hobby or for their…

Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Intro Part Two

by Johnathon Froman Link to Part One Here. Eras. Eras are segments of the game that change once your Civ reaches a certain milestone is technology. There are seven eras that your civ will progress through the game. In order: Ancient, Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Modern, Atomic, and Information. Starting in the Ancient Era, you will…

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…

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…

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…

10 Cloverfield Lane — A Spoiler-Free Review

by Gwynn Van Houten When the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane was released on January 15, just two months before its premiere, it seemed strange that it was some of the first news we’d been given of a new Bad Robot film. It received scant promotion and marketing; until it was released, moviegoers and media…

There’s A New Principal In Town: Mr. David Basile

By: Jocelyn You Photos by: Kristina Ching David Basile, owner of the Tustin Round Table Pizza, is taking over Tustin High for the day. Claiming Mrs. Matos’s swivel-chair as his own and making the campus his home for a few hours, Mr. Basile sets out to explore Tustin High. Tustin born-and-raised himself, Mr. Basile knows…

The Division

by Cyndal Juarez A new video game has been brought to the attention of many gamers out there. On March 8th, Tom Clancy’s The Division was released to the public. For those who don’t know, the game is a new open world, third-person shooter game that is based in a multiplayer environment that the players…

Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Intro Part One

by Johnathon A. Froman Note: Recommended only for those who have or are planning to buy the complete edition of Civilization V, NOT the base game by itself. Introduction. Sid Meier’s Civilization V is a finely crafted turn-based strategy game developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games and Aspyr, released on September 21st,…

The Best Makeup Dupes

by Clea Thomas Every girl understands the struggle to look fierce/fly while not spending all of their life savings/college tuition/inheritance. This is a collective list of the closest matches of eyeshadows, lip products, and brushes, all for the lowest price possible.   Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes These three famous eyeshadow palettes are must-haves in every…