Introducing the all new “Titan Times”

    Welcome Titans to the all-new Temescal Canyon HS Online Newspaper/Blog, brought to you by your 2015-2016 TC Journalism Club. Here you can find the latest news on current events, sports, student life, and other writings we hope to deliver to you in the coming publications planned to be released every other week..

     “Giving students a voice.”

We stand by this motto and it is our belief that as students, teenagers, and young adults moving into a new generation of challenges, we must be heard. Whether this is accomplished through sending in new ideas, writing articles yourself, or the mere act of having a conversation at lunch about some of the issues and topics discussed in The Titan Times, we want to give students a voice.

     As we progress into the second semester of the school year, we aim to take stances on events happening in the present as well as reflecting on those in the past and also taking a look into the not-so-distant future. In doing so, we do not mean to offend any audiences, but rather to allow readers to question these events for themselves and become aware of the world in which we live in.

    On the other end of the spectrum, readers will find interesting and entertaining works such as review articles, entertainment columns, and maybe themselves in future student-spotlight writings.

    Of course, this newspaper would not be possible without the help of a dedicated group of writers, publishers, editors, and advisor (s/o to Mrs. Lofquist) working hard to ensure both entertaining and informational pieces. With that being said, we welcome you to the Titan Times Online Newspaper! (or Blog is you would like to call it that)

Please bear with us as we learn to update the website ourselves.


Editorial: Gun Violence and the San Bernadino Shooting

By Elana Baldwin

San Bernardino Shootings: The Facts     

On December 2nd, 2015, a deadly attack took place at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, leaving 14 dead and 21 wounded. This is the deadliest mass shooting to take place in the US since the Sandy Hook School Shooting in 2012, and it is the 6th deadliest shooting in US history.

The perpetrators have been identified as Chicago-born Syed Rizwan Farook and his Pakistani-born wife Tashfeen Malik. They were married in Saudi Arabia in 2014, and they moved into the US together later in 2014. Malik passed multiple background checks and was issued a green card in July 2015. Both Farook and Malik were killed in a police shootout following the attacks.

Farook and Malik claimed to support ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), an Islamic Extremist Militant group forcefully taking over Iraq and Syria with a violent hand, but it has yet to be found if they had any actual terrorist connections. Weapon stockpiles and evidence of planning was found in Farook and Malik’s home, indicating that they had not only planned the attacks but were prepared to continue on with more attacks. Videos have also surfaced showing Farook at a gun range shooting the same assault weapon used in the attacks, essentially practicing with the weapon.

Four guns were used in the attack on the Inland Regional center: two assault weapons and two handguns.The handguns were legally acquired by Farook at a Corona gun dealership, while Farook’s childhood friend Enrique Marquez legally purchased the assault weapons. It is unclear if Marquez had legally transferred ownership of the assault weapons to Farook or not. At least one of the assault weapons was illegally modified to allow for the use of a detachable ammo magazine, violating California State Law.


An Opinion on Gun Control

California has the strictest gun laws in the United States, yet a successful mass shooting happened well within California’s borders less than a week ago. That begs the question: Do strict gun control laws actually do anything to help lower gun violence? I feel that this question is not a question that can be answered with a simple yes or no, but with some facts:

  • According to the CDC and National Center for Health Statistics, California (With the strictest gun laws) is #9 in the country for the lowest number of deaths per capita due to firearms (7.7 gun deaths per 100,000 people in California)
  • States with the highest number of deaths per capita due to firearms (such as Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Wyoming), have little to no gun restrictions. Many do not require any type of permit to purchase a firearm (16.7-19.3 gun deaths per 100,000 people)


By those statistics, I’d say California’s strict gun laws have been successful in lowering the number of deaths per capita caused by guns.

When it comes to mass shootings, the gun control debate can become tricky, as mass shooters do not hesitate to break laws and usually don’t have any intention of coming out of the incident alive. I only have one thing to say on the matter of gun laws and mass shootings: California law bans assault weapons used with magazines that can be removed for quick reloading. The San Bernardino shooters were forced to illegally modify their weapons to speed up the reloading process. They were not completely successful, as only one weapon was able to be modified and quickly reloaded.  I’d say that if they had access to two assault rifles that were legally manufactured to allow for a quick reload, more people would have died. California’s gun laws may not have prevented the San Bernardino shooting, but may very well have saved at least a few lives that would have been lost if the shooters had access to quick reloading weapons.


The San Bernardino Shooting took place a mere 36 miles from Temescal Canyon High School.  Gun violence and mass shootings are no longer problems for “Other people”. These are our problems now. A mass shooting took place in our backyard, and more shootings will continue to take place in our cities and our  communities unless we take a stand. You don’t have to have all the answers to gun violence to make a difference. Little steps can go a long way. Become educated in current events. Do a quick Google search on gun violence. Develop an opinion. Get involved and start understanding both sides of gun control arguments. Little by little, changes will be made. Public opinions will shift. The key is to educate yourself and let your voice be heard, and you personally will have made a difference to society.


-Elana Baldwin



If you have an opinion on gun violence or anything else and you’d like it to be published, write it up and send it to Your voice deserves to be heard.

Music Review: Justin Bieber’s “Purpose”

By Justin Dela Cruz

Despite Justin Bieber’s sad and miserable past, that’s not to deny his musical capabilities, at least in his newest production entitled, “Purpose.”

Opening with the chilling and melodic, “Mark My Words,” Bieber makes it clear that this new album aims to “rekindle” the connection between him and his fans (and perhaps newer fans who actually appreciate his music). This is followed by the more upbeat, “I’ll Show You,” dealing with a similar message.

The third and fourth tracks, “What Do You Mean,” and, “Sorry,” are both great tracks respectively. Unlike past Bieber tracks, it’s obvious he has changed in his musical tones to a more electronic genre. And for good reason as to attract a wider audience such as myself.

From here on out, each of the following tracks have not been released as a single except for the, “Where Are Ü Now,” produced by Skrillex and Diplo, both of whome are electronic dance music artists. Perhaps the best of these tracks is, “Love Yourself.” A simple song produced solely by Justin’s singing and an electric guitar in the background to keep a lovely progression, this is probably my favorite track of the entire album.

Due to the honest fact that I did not have the patience to listen to the entire album, previewing the songs on iTunes came in handy in noting honorable mentions which include, “Life is Worth Living,” “No Pressure,” and, “No Sense,” featuring Travis Scott. These selections were a matter of personal preference rather than actual quality of music. However, that should not inhibit your opinion as to whether or not Bieber’s music is of bad quality, and to be quite frank: it really isn’t.

Justin Bieber’s, “Purpose,” is definitely something new. Something aspiring to contain at least a single track likable by everyone. Although not directly aimed towards country fans or maybe those of/before the early 20th century, I can’t 100% guarantee that you will enjoy his new album as a whole, but perhaps there does exist a single song to satisfy your musical tastes.

-J.D.C. ^_^

Embarrassing Moments No. 1

By Rana Saifi

In our first Student Life article, titans submitted their embarrassing moments. These are just a select few from the handful we received. Hopefully these weren’t too embarrassing. 😉


“One time when I was five, my family and I went to Hawaii and we when got to the hotel I ran to the balcony and slammed right into the skidding glass doors because it was so clear and I had a huge bomb on my head for the rest of the trip.”

       “So freshman year of ASB I thought I was so smart because I came up with this idea to make marble balloons by putting paint in the white balloons then filling it with the helium, but when I put the helium in the balloon popped and I got pink splattered all over my face and my white shirt. I had to suffer all day because it literally would not budge and I got so many weird looks for the rest of the day.”
       “One time in second grade I had a teacher I was super scared of and I had to go to the bathroom really badly. Of course I wasn’t going to ask because she seemed so intimidating, so I went all the way through class until we got out for lunch. There was one decision I had to make though, go to lunch, or go to the bathroom. In second grade, you’re not going to miss out on getting the good square cut pizza just for the bathroom. In line, right as I was about to get my food, I stated to pee my pants. I ran to the office crying out of straight embarrassment and then I had to walk to the nurses to get new pants. I covered it up by saying my chocolate milk pouch exploded when I stabbed it with my straw. Pretty smooth if you ask me.”
       “Once I was waiting for my mom to  pick me up after school and I saw her red Nissan car pull up and I blindly walked to that car and sat down only to find out that it wasn’t my moms car. And had to awkwardly apologize to this confused lady and awkwardly walked back with the kids around me.”
       “I went to the mall with my friends in middle school and peed my pants because someone said something funny and one girl noticed.”