Bittersweet Senior Night Loss for Tustin Girl’s Lacrosse

By Galilea Oregon Following a second victory against Laguna Beach High School last Friday, Tustin High School’s Girls’ lacrosse played this past Tuesday against Long Beach Polytechnic High School in hopes for redemption after losing to them earlier this season. Tuesday was also Senior Night in which the Tillers bid adieu to seniors co-captain Citlalli…

The High School Vaping Epidemic

By Alec Nunez In recent months, high school students seem to have taken up a new fixation: vaping. This new trend was acknowledged in a recent report by the US surgeon general, claiming a 900% increase in e-cig use by students in high school from 2011 to 2015.  Furthermore, the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey states 1.7 million…

Difficult Loss for Tiller’s Lacrosse

By Galilea Oregon/Photos by Benjamin Rodriquez Following disappointing tournament play at Birmingham High School this past weekend, Tustin High School’s Girls’ Lacrosse took on Edison High School for the first time this past Tuesday, in hopes to redeem themselves for the remaining season. With midfielder Citlaly Rodriguez (#3) on draw, the Tillers appeared confident and…

Fortnite: Battle Royale

By Eean Garcia Fortnite: Battle Royale is the highest grossing game of the quarter having sold 45 million copies across PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The original game was released in July of 2017 by the game’s developer Epic, where they later decided to add in a “last man standing” battle mode similar to the…

A Ribbon of Homage in the Midst of Grief

By Golda Fulmer For me, February through April is crunch time: being on the Tustin High School dance team, this is our competition season, with long practices Monday through Friday and sometimes Saturdays. We compete at a number of high schools in California, and participate in one “travel” competition, whether it’s another state altogether or…

Influenza Epidemic

By Antonio Nunez Throughout the course of the past few months, we have experienced what is now being recognized as the worst case of “flu season” in the past decade. This all began in late December after a vast wave of influenza struck numerous California homes causing a drastic and unprecedented rise in clinic and…

Black Panther Album Review

By Eean Garcia Featuring an all star lineup of artist like Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and The Weeknd, the Black Panther Album is the best movie soundtrack this year and may very well remain that way. The album has faster paced tracks such as Black Panther, Opps, and Paramedic but also keeps a mellow harmony with…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Watch Dogs of Twitter

By Alec Nunez Recently, an undercover video of an investigative journalist group was released to the public exposing social media giant Twitter for their sub rosa monitoring of users. It was revealed that every direct message sent by users are reviewed and cached on a server. No matter the message, Twitter employees can and will…

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…

GoPro’s Big Flop

By Kyle Jennejohn At the end of October 2016, GoPro released the GoPro Karma Quadcopter that includes the GoPro Hero 6 mounted onto it and is currently priced at $999.99—half of which is to pay for the Hero 6 that is included. The drone goes approximately forty miles per hour while in sport mode and…

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…

Today’s Teacher Crisis

By Alec Nunez This last Tuesday, a Louisiana teacher was arrested for her impedance on a school board meeting when she proposed a question about wages. This question stemmed from a frustrating lack of understanding as to why the superintendent was receiving an increase in pay to fatten his wallet while other educators and support…

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…

Is Technology Propelling Society into the Future or Holding Us Back?

By Alec Nunez Technology is at the forefront of human interest, and continues to grow and become ingrained in every generation’s culture. No longer are the days of needing to walk to a library for information, we, and our posterity, have every single answer to our curious thoughts at our fingertips. With our beckon call,…

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…

No Pity for the Unpermitted

By: Eean Garcia If any students have noticed a parking permit violation slip on their cars in the past couple of weeks, these slips should not be taken lightly. Each of these notices are being recorded by the administration. If you have not gotten a parking permit, it is important that you get one as soon…

Bardot

By Eean Garcia Whether you are looking for your daily dose of caffeine or you are looking for some late night dessert, Bardot Bars and Coffee is the one stop shop to satisfy your needs. For any newcomers to Bardot, there are three must-try items on the menu, of course, their coffee, their true milk and/or…

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…

Top Well-Known Songs with a Deeper Meaning

By Golda Fulmer There are many renowned songs that seem hunky-dory when played and are great for singing along to. Most of the time, true meanings are only discovered through the thorough listening of the song, focused reading of the lyrics, and even intense investigation of the band and references. One of the most notorious…

Shape, Sound, Color: Solange

By Chloe Maddox A year ago this week, Solange released her third studio album, A Seat at the Table. On the surface, it sounds like funky, dream-like R&B. However, the album deals with the misconceptions, and fallacies associated with African-Americans. With spoken notes, the album is both personal and impactful.  I was fortunate enough to…

Cinematic Camera Work

By Jair Martinez Camera work is one of the most important parts of creating a movie. Directors use different types of camera angles to show emotion, setting, point out certain characters, and to show the tension between characters—not to mention that noticeably sloppy camera work can potentially ruin a film. But it’s easy to make…

Varsity Girls Volley Reigns Victorious Against Valencia

By Gigi Hume Thus far, Varsity Girls Volleyball has been kicking a** and taking names in their 2017 season with a now 11-5 record after yesterday’s 3-0 win against the Valencia Tigers. Before the Varsity showdown, Frosh/Soph set a positive precedent with a 2-1 win, losing their first set 24-26, but making a strong comeback…

Consilience of Science and Philosophy

By Frank Remele The intersection between conventional science and philosophy is a topic not nearly addressed to the extent it must be. Ideally, the discussion would take place voluntarily across all academic disciplines, in which we would have our Stephen Hawking’s cordially conversing with our Bertrand Russell’s. Contemporary discussions regarding science and philosophy, however, are…

Welcome Back to School

By Camille Yost Students are starting to get comfortable in their daily class schedules as we approach the four-week mark in our 2017 to 2018 school year. On Tuesday, September 19, Tustin High School will welcome parents to Back to School Night. This gives parents an opportunity to get to know the student’s teachers and…

Class of 2017 Glow Ups

By Karley Bailey and Nayeli Medina Wednesday morning, the last day of May, as I was walking to my first period class, I closely examined the familiar off-white walls of Tustin High. Only four years ago, these same monotonous walls had daunted me as I walked the same path to my fourth period freshmen biology…