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…

Mr. Williamson Followup

By Gigi Hume Over a week ago, our beloved teacher Mr. Williamson passed away leaving behind a wife, two year old son, and hundreds of others whom he coached, taught, and supported during his time  on this Earth. Just in that one week window, the Thank You Mr. Williamson Facebook Page and iTHSMedia’s Google Form…

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…

Hack Your Way to Prom

By Kristina Ching As a 5’-nothing girl with a chest flatter than some 10 year olds, and shoulders and arms that usually force me to wear tee-shirts from the guys’ section, I haven’t had the best experiences looking for formal dresses. Windsor is the stereotypical prom go-to. With racks and racks of tulle, taffeta, satin,…

5 Ways We’re Killing Our Planet

  By Nayeli Medina Modern humans have been present on this earth for about 200,000 years, with roughly 7 billion people inhabiting the world to date. Seven billion people on this earth are enough to make an environmental impact, good or bad. For example, if enough of us call attention to a situation in which…

#ThankYouMrWilliamson

By Gigi Hume and Galilea Oregon Yesterday afternoon felt just like a normal day, all up until whispers in the hallways and muffled tears spoke for themselves—Ian Williamson, former Utt Middle School eighth grade Physical Science, STEM teacher, Cross Country coach, and most recently Tustin High School Human Anatomy and Physiology teacher passed away after…

What is the CAASPP?

By Camille Yost AP Tests have come to an end, but we’re not finished just yet. This week and next week, students are required to take the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) which has replaced the STAR Testing. This exam’s purpose is to monitor the progress of students and to assess their…

Lights, Camera, and Action for 22 THS Students

By Jacob Rivas On May 5, 2017, Mrs. Markley took 22 of her Advanced Theatre Arts students to see a Broadway show at Segerstrom Center for Arts. The show was called “An American In Paris,” which Mrs. Markley described  as, “A colorful and fun take on comedic plays.” She personally enjoys Broadway shows, so she…

Principal Debriefing

By Zachary Apperson This upcoming school year, we’ll have to say farewell to Mrs. Matos and applaud her on her new position as Director of Educational Services, at the Tustin Unified School District Administration Center. Replacing her is Dr. Tuin, with over 30 years of experience in education. He served eight of those years as…

You Are Not Alone

  By Yaire Alfaro There are others who have gone through the same situation as you. You are not alone. Sexual assault is a major issue in the United States. In fact, nearly every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, a statistic which includes all ages and all genders. The thing about sexual assault…

Boy’s Lacrosse Senior Night

By Benjamin Rodriguez On Monday, May 1, Boys Lacrosse celebrated their seniors in their final game as Tillers. The honored players were Blake Stading (#21), Ernesto Campos (#14), Noah Sharpe (#4), Derek Weaver (#13), Reggie Parchman (#27), Andrew Menjivar (#30), Eduardo Cisneros (#25), and Christopher Aponte (#28). After the pregame festivities, the Tillers battled with…

Link Crew

By Camille Yost and Cristobal Segura Students who have been selected for Link Crew are viewed as people who have potential in becoming an exceptional role model. Although the program is not mandatory, it looks great on college applications and it’s an opportunity that should not be passed down. Link Crew is a leadership program…

The Road Ahead

By Yaire Alfaro and Alena Tran Tustin High’s Class of 2017 is set to graduate on Wednesday, June 14. With only one month and 16 days left on the calendar, graduation looms near, evoking an array of feelings scrambled within an apprehensive senior’s mind. Perhaps, some of the senior class do not care about leaving,…

Hypersomniacs and Addicts, Beware

By Bryan Garcia Do you consider yourself a junkie in some of the things you do? Do you continuously bite your fingernails or do you keep on eating that delicious snack that is located on top of your fridge and just wants more? Or do you perhaps wake up late in the morning only to…

Counselor in Training Summer Program

By Camille Yost Responsibility and communication are important skills that are necessary to becoming a strong leader and influential role model. If you are interested in improving those skills, the City of Tustin Parks and Recreation is offering a Counselor in Training Program at the Columbus Tustin Activity Center. This program will allow teenagers to…

Real-Life Spiderman

By Jair Martinez Swinging through the streets of New York, crawling on buildings, and fighting crime. Who is it? Well it’s no one else but your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! What if you were able to become a real life Spider-Man? With real life web shooters, super strength, and spidey senses. Well what if I told…

What is Success?

By Camille Yost Throughout the years of our schooling, teachers and staff are always encouraging students to “become successful.” Many students are unsure of what this means since there are so many different interpretations of what success is—it can range from financial success to finding happiness through a career. Two of the most successful people…

18 Years Since Columbine

By Ivette Barajas and Anthony Zuniga 18 years ago today, as most Americans were waking up and following their usual routine for school or work, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were preparing for what would come to be known as the worst school shooting in history, and the first of their time. On April 20,…

Cuckoo for Cuco

By Galilea Oregon Are you a fan of soothing, mellow music similar to the likings of Mac Demarco and Kali Uchis? If so, you will definitely enjoy listening to 18 year-old Chicano solo artist and producer Cuco based in Hawthorne, California. In his Bandcamp profile, he describes himself as a “Los Angeles based artist making…

A Look Into a Geek’s Mind

By Jair Martinez A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away The Doctor arrived to the planet Vulcan in his TARDIS, only to realize that it was on the verge of imploding in itself. The Green Lantern Corps arrived to see if they could help but the Doctor knew it was hopeless. “This…