“Muslim Bans” in America

By Antonio Nunez and Tino Hernandez In his first 100 days of presidency Donald Trump has generated a lot to talk about after having created various shocking and controversial revelations. One of his most popular being in which he states that “I Donald J. Trump, is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims…

Oroville Dam Crisis

By Antonio Nunez and Tino Hernandez Throughout recent weeks, the state of California has been the topic of discussion for many news outlets. Though this time not because of its various attractions but because of its major crisis concerning the Oroville Dam, one of California’s major “tourist magnets” is in danger of destruction. This huge…

Smells Like Kurt’s Spirit

By Ivette Barajas Fifty years ago today in gloomy Aberdeen, Washington, “Nirvana” singer Kurt Cobain was born to Wendy Elizabeth and Donald Leland Cobain. Through his lyrics that speak of angst and melancholy, Cobain touched the lives of millions who finally felt as though they had someone, something to relate to. Though Kurt sadly passed…

Dear Freshman,

Dear Freshman, Okay, breathe. You’ve made it.  Sort of anyway. You just completed your first semester of high school, just seven more to go. Yeah, that may seem like a lot, but you’ve come a long way from the kid desperately clutching the blurry map you printed out from the school website searching left and…

Dear Sophomore,

Dear Sophomore, You’re halfway there. Be proud of yourself. Maybe this is the first year you’re taking an AP class. Maybe this is the first year you’ve actually had to study. Maybe it’s the year you’ve had to learn how to balance six classes, a sport, a job, and a social life. Maybe it’s not….

Dear Junior,

Dear Junior, I know right now that your priorities are in a fumble. For instance, I understand you are being forced to read this letter right now when there are an abundance of other productive things you could be doing. I’m a senior, in another CCR class reading a different letter. I know what you’re…

Dear Senior,

Dear Senior, Senior year is weird because you still feel like a kid who is stuck in high school, yet you know that by the end of the year, you’ll be expected to know what you want to do with your life. The concept of “the rest of your life” is odd, too. What are…

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…

Tripping Through High School

By Ivette Barajas, Karimar Gatica, and Michael Rodillo Like every other high school in America, Tustin High contains students ranging from different grades, ages, cultures, interests, hobbies, etc. In the small but significant four years spent in high school, there is a drastic transition that occurs in every single individual; whether it be physical, mental,…

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?…

Say Bye to “The Bye Bye Man”

By Yaire Alfaro If you’re enthusiastic about thrillers and horror films, the newly released film, The Bye Bye Man, is NOT the right fit for you. The movie is directed by  Stacy Title and written by  Jonathan Penner; it was also released on January 13 and rated PG-13 (due to terror, horror violence, blood, and…

Mr. ‘One-of-a-Kind’ Martyn

By Eileen Obregon Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” working should, realistically, be just another activity that you cannot get enough of. Educating students and empowering them with knowledge can be a natural gift for most teachers and here at Tustin…

40 Years of Dreams

By Ivette Barajas and Kimberly Aguilar 40 years ago, the world and their ears were blessed with what could come to be one of the best selling albums of all time; Fleetwood Mac released “Rumours”, which took no time to top both the American Billboard and the United Kingdom’s album charts. Music lovers all over…

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”,…

Top 10 Games of 2016

By Tino Hernandez and Antonio Nunez 2016 has finally come to an end and a new era has begun for gamers of all platforms, but before we move along and enjoy all of the fresh unique games this brand-new year has to offer we have decided to relive and reminisce about the great experiences that…

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…

Stealing Fashion From Your Favorite Friends

By: Galilea Oregon Ever since all ten seasons of Friends were added on Netflix, I’ve been shamelessly binge watching. With every passing episode, I fall in love more and more with the styles of protagonists Monica, Rachel and Phoebe. From Phoebe’s bohemian skirts and dresses to Monica’s classic mom jean and t-shirt combos, every outfit…

“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…

Mr. Tiller Pageant

By Eileen Obregon On January 20th, Tustin High School’s Dance Team and All-Male will be hosting the very first annual Mr. Tiller Pageant. The first competition ever will consist of an opening group dance routine, a swimsuit competition, a showcase of their talent, evening-wear competition, and an on-stage question. The contestants have put multiple practices…

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…

The Boys: Chapter 6

By Galilea Oregon   Of course Princeton was in love with me. I mean, what’s not to love? But, God. Princeton? Gay? For me? I guess it all did make sense. Why he was always watching me and why he seemed to care about every little detail about my personal life. But how in the…

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…

Russia Linked to Rigged Election

By Tino Hernandez and Antonio Nunez Throughout the past month speculations have been floating around concerning Russia’s participation in the results of the last presidential election, where Trump dealt an unexpected blow and triumphed against Hillary Clinton and her Democratic party. Despite everything being said, these rumors are still only considered rumors, whether this information…

A Better Choir

By Camille Yost and Kimberly Ayon Tustin High’s choir, directed by Mr. David Peay, has appeared in our assemblies and recently held several concerts. Something that sets our schools choir apart from other schools is that it doesn’t require auditions in order to join. Many singers will say that there is always room for improvement;…

Dylann’s Sentence is Through the Roof

By Ivette Barajas, Kim Aguilar, and Alena Tran This last Tuesday, January 10, Dylann Storm Roof was given the ultimate punishment for his crimes: the death penalty. Nearly 19 months after the attack, the victims’ families are getting the justice they’ve so longed for. On June 17, 2015, Roof showed up to a bible study…

How to Have a Parade in the Rain: 5 Things to Do When It Rains

By Alexyss Ortiz and Vanessa Villegas It’s a Friday night, you’re sitting at home planning what to do with your friends but can’t do much because of the rain. You can’t plan to do anything outdoors, so you have to do something that involves staying inside your house, or going somewhere indoors. What can you…

The Hamlet Thrill-ma-geddon

By Kyle Arbiola Stuck with nothing to do after school the rest of the week? Longing for some form of entertainment to pass the time? The Hamlet Thrill-ma-geddon is the answer to your prayers, it is quite the Shakespearience. The Hamlet Thrill-ma-geddon is a two-hour satirical play performed by Ms. Markley’s advanced drama class. The play…

Broken But Fixed

By Yaire Alfaro Why did I like you? You are evil and cruel. All you do is put me down. Yet, I always try to get your approval. Why did I stay as long as I did, After the nights I cried myself to sleep? The days I sat alone.   I saw you kiss…

The Shootout in Los Angeles

By Benjamin Rodriguez On Monday, January, 2 the USC Trojans took on the Penn State Nittany Lions in what would be one of the most historic Rose Bowl games to date. The first quarter saw the Nittany Lions struggle against the Trojan defense. The Nittany Lion’s quarterback Trace Mcsorley threw two interceptions on his first…