San Andreas and The California Gamble

By Frank Remele The unassuming prospectors of California’s history operated at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution. These were the pioneers of economic opportunity—where they went, jobs followed, even in the absence of gold mining success. Despite financial incentive to relocate westward, there were conspicuous risks that associated themselves with the American ideals of exploration…

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…

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…

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…

The Death of PBS

By Antonio Nuñez As of late, the president of the United States has been the topic of discussion once again, and this time due to his participation in the possible death of the Public Broadcasting Service, or simply ‘PBS’. PBS is a widely known television channel that reaches out to children and provides them with…

Tillers Sweep the Leprechauns

By Anthony Zuniga The Tillers won the baseball game by a landslide, 2-0, on Wednesday, May 3, at Kennedy High School. The game lasted an hour and both teams performed well. One of the few highlights of the game belongs to Rodney Boone who pitched a complete game through seven innings and struck out 11…

Teacher Profile: Mr. Miguel

By Karley Bailey “Mr. Miguel.” Anybody who ever finds themselves on the Tustin High School premises will hear that name frequently. It might be hushed across the plaza by one of his AP Calc students who or might even be mentioned by another teacher praising his unfathomable passion. Nonetheless, it has become norm over the…

Tustin’s High Drama Production presents: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

By Kyle Arbiola and Merlin Montes Months after their successful show, “Hamlet Thrill-mageddon, Coming Soon to a Little Theater Near You,” Tustin High’s drama class presents,”Date Night: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” The drama class, led by Ms. Markley, performed the play from April 26 through the 28 with a showtime of 7:30…

RACC Fair – A Junior Perspective

By Melanie Mercado and Tanya Soto Class of 2018 Tanya: When our Editor-in-Chief assigned me this article about the college fair, I internally rolled my eyes. Why? Well I usually lack enthusiasm involving any school-related activities, but it was an assignment, so be it. I had to walk around the plaza (in the heat) and…

RACC Fair – A Sophomore Perspective

By Galilea Oregon and Gigi Hume Class of 2019 Okay, we know you’re probably thinking about more “productive” things to do than read this letter such as a) play Tetris, b) do the homework you forgot about last night, or c) scroll through Instagram with your phone under the desk so that your CCR teacher…

The Weapon That Will End This Unsanitary War

By Jair Martinez In this school alone there is an army of 34,108 pieces of gum stuck on the cement. This is a war that our custodians cannot wage without a trusty weapon. On February 22, 2017 Tustin High School’s InvenTeam presented their idea of a powerful gum-removal machine that will aid our hard-working custodians…

For Us // From Us

By Kristina Ching Although International Women’s Day wasn’t today, I set out to do something to remind myself and those around me that we can be empowered everyday of our lives // I believe strongly in learning from our mistakes, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish I could have had some…

Church of Christian Science

By Zachary Apperson, Camille Yost, and Benjamin Rodriguez The Church of Christian Science, also known as the Church of Christ, Scientist, is a lesser known religion that derives from the teachings of Christianity. They take from the readings of the Bible as well as the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science…

Scouting For Sweets

By Kim Aguilar Girl Scout cookies are finally back in season here in Tustin and, yes, they have been missed. These decadent are both delicious and fully support the Girl Scouts to continue helping the community and enjoy new experiences. You can find local booths online or outside of grocery stores, usually where 100% of…

Misunderstood

By Tanya Soto and Adrian Ruiz About 1.56 million people are living on the streets in the United States. People end up with no basic resources and find themselves abandoned on the side of the road—constantly ignored due to adversities such as traumatic events like house fires, job loss, mental health and addictions. Without knowing…

Forget the False Conception Of Female Perfection

By Galilea Oregon Teenage girls—either the most over romanticized or unacknowledged beings on the face of the Earth. Portrayed in films as either condescending boy-crazy mall rats or self-deprecating overly emotional brats, the average female adolescent cannot relate to over exaggerated characters intended to be “relatable” or “fun and quirky.” However, most of these takes…

Bilingual Benefits

By Zachary Apperson and Genesis Montes Do you know the benefits of a secondary language? Learning a foreign language opens opportunities for the individual in their personal endeavors as well as bettering overall cognitive abilities. In turn, this can affect other aspects of a student’s education, attributed to raising overall test scores. Many states promote…

Tiller Teacher Throwbacks

By Karley Bailey and Nayeli Medina As you slide into the same old wooden desk in your third period class and begin to block out your teacher’s lecture, you start to daydream… do you ever wonder what your teacher felt like in your position? Did they have the same feelings of teen angst and desperation?…

Everlasting Lip Stains

By Camille Yost Recently, women have been raving over matte liquid lipsticks and lip stains, and, luckily for them, there’s a plethora of brands to choose from. Colors vary from vibrant neons to subtle nudes. Although there has been hype placed on brands such as “Kylie Lip Kit” and “Too Faced Melted Liquified Longwear Lipstick”,…

OC Based Escapades

By Alena Tran California is one of the largest tourist hotspots in the United States. It’s easy to take it for granted, as silver linings are easily missed amongst any clouds. Admittedly, as high school students, a lot of what we can do is limited. There are certain restrictions to our freedom, but that doesn’t…

“Split” Review

By Camille Yost and Kimberly Ayon If you’re a fanatic of thrillers, the newly released film, Split, is the right fit for you. The movie is directed by M. Night Shyamalan, director of the 1999 horror film, The Sixth Sense. James McAvoy, well known for his role in the X-Men series, plays the role of…

A Head Full of Dreams

By Yaire Alfaro   “In every walk of nature one receives more than he seeks” – John Muir “Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believes” – Chris Van Allsburg “You can close your eyes to things you do not want to see, but you cannot…

Movie Review: Minority Report

By Jason Aquino Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg, features an interesting sci-fi crime and justice plot. The cast features a plethora of skilled actors including Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, and Max von Sydow. It is filled with action packed sequences, some tearful moments, and a number of intense twists that will keep you guessing…

Winter Assembly 2k16

By Kim Aguilar This year’s 2016 Winter Assembly—filled with an immense deal of talent and holiday cheer— was definitely a success. Starting of, our very own ASB performed a surprise flash mob with spirited dancing elves. Following performances included Ms. Rivera and Mia Rivera singing beautifully to “Christmas Comes to Town”, our Jazz band busting…

Movies You Should Watch ASAP

By Karimar Gatica Does picking out movies to watch on Netflix overwhelm you? Perhaps reading the reviews and ratings is not exactly the right thing to do when choosing a movie, as every movie should be given a chance whatever the rating.Sometimes the ratings are accurate though, and afterwards you either sit there wondering why…

Spirit Week

By Kim Aguilar Hey Tillers! This week, ASB has organized your chance to get to show your school spirit. We’re kicking off the week before winter break with a lazy, PJ’s Monday. Just roll out of bed and go to school with the literal  “I woke up like this” look. On Tuesday, take some time…

A Gift of Life

By Alena Tran Every blood drive serves as a call of action. Although there are those who cannot donate for whatever health reasons, there are also many of us who are perfectly capable. An estimation of 38% people in the U.S. are eligible to donate blood, but out of this number, only 10% of them…

#CalExit – A Proposition Threatening to Succeed

By Tino Hernandez and Antonio Nunez California has made a proposition to leave the country. Not literally, but many of its citizens are dismayed due to the fact that Donald Trump is now the US’s newest president-elect. This makes sense because the vast majority of Californians are Democratic. This has caused great confusion and discomfort…

Human Euthanasia

By Zachary Apperson   There have been many controversial bills, constantly argued and debated, proposed to state legislations only to be denied, yet brought back in following years. But in the last couple of decades, California has hosted one of the most heated debates, just this year passing a polemical law on physician assisted suicide….

Don’t Miss Out on Orange is the New Black!

By Karimar Gatica Piper Chapman, a woman in her mid-thirties who now has a husband and a good job. Getting caught up with a decade-old crime, Piper is getting convicted 15 months due to transporting money for her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Alex Vause. Being forced to change into her prison uniform and sleep with strangers…