Behind the Mic: Tisha Mora

Every Friday night from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tisha Mora, a fourth year student majoring in rhetorical writing studies, hosts an entertainment show called “Tish Talk.” I sat down with her this week to get to know her and her show.

Tisha describes her hour as similar to a talk show. Every week, she brings in guests to discuss a certain topic in entertainment: anything from food to the newest blockbuster movie, such as “It.” Even though she likes to keep the topics more light-hearted than serious, her and her guests have touched on subjects like the lack of representation of minorities in the media and the wide representation of women in entertainment.

As this is her second year in KCR, Tisha talked about her show’s evolution. She said that the biggest change from her first show, “Bing-worthy,” to now was learning how to run a show by herself, after realizing that she wanted to approach different topics within entertainment.

Another big change for her was joining KCR management and becoming Promotions Director. As Promotions Director, Tisha connects the station with outside venues, such as the House of Blues and the Observatory in North Park, to provide KCR with giveaway tickets and to give members the opportunity to cover events.

After speaking about her show’s dynamic, Tisha told me about the title and logo of her show. The inspiration for the name came from the Netflix series, “Jessica Jones,” in which one of the characters, Trish, has a radio show named “Trish Talk.” As for the logo of the show, at first glance, it just looks like a blue circle with a star. However, she told me that it is a reference to a nickname her friend gave her in high school that she says she has come to embrace. They were comparing each other to fruit, and if you look at the logo as a whole, you’ll be able to make out the shape of a tiny blue fruit. She told me that her friends decided to call her a blueberry, because it’s the smallest fruit they know of and she was the smallest friend.

Outside of KCR, Tisha works in the National Guard and runs the social media for Barnes and Noble.

You can catch Tisha Mora’s show “Tish Talk,” on Friday nights from  8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

5 Books to read before their movies come out

Recently, book-based movies have been some of the most successful cinema projects in Hollywood. However, sometimes the movies can’t provide as much detail or accuracy as the original story does, which can be disappointing. Reading the book before seeing the movie can make the story that much more interesting because you get to see your favorite characters and places come to life on-screen. If you like to read the books before you watch the movie version, below is a list of five novels being made into movies this year that you should read.

1. “The Circle” by Dave Eggers

This books is about the limits and boundaries that technology can cross, when it comes to what should be private and what should be public. The protagonist gets a job at a major tech company, only to find that there is something unsettling going on. This movie will be coming to theaters on April 28, and stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and Karen Gillan.

2. “My Cousin Rachel” by Daphne du Maurier

This book is about a young man who decides to take revenge on his cousin-in-law, whom he suspects murdered his cousin. However, upon meeting her, he begins fall for her beauty. If you’re into drama, mystery and romance, I recommend you read this book before it comes out in theaters, on July 14. The movie stars Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin.

3. “The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger” by Stephen King

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This story is a cross between horror, western and sci-fi. If that catches your attention, then this book series about a “gunslinger” in search of the dark tower that holds the key to all the universes, is for you. The movie arrives in theaters on July 28, and stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.

4. “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” by Jeanne-Claude Mezieres and Pierre Christin

In this book, Valerian and Laureling are agents from Galaxity, a city from the 28th century. In order to catch Xombul, a man obsessed with power, they get sent to New York in 1986. There, they strive to find a way to confirm that the future is still intact. This movie will star Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke and Dane DeHaan, and will start playing in theaters on July 21.

5. “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie

This book is about the Orient Express after a mysterious murder takes place, and a detective on board trying to solve one of the most interesting cases in his career. This movie will hit the theaters on November 22, and stars Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Josh Gad.



Getting To Know Sonia Quintero

Sonia Quintero is a current freshman here at SDSU. She wants to major in international business, with an emphasis in Italian and Western European studies. In her spare time,  she loves going biking and going to different coffee shops around downtown. She also likes to take pictures and post them on her Instagram account, which has a total of 23,800 followers!

When I asked her what made her start taking pictures, Sonia answered, “I really like traveling, and I always wanted to make sure I remembered where I went, so I would take pictures.”

Sonia prefers to take pictures of landscapes – sunsets and cities are her favorite. Having grown up and lived in San Diego all her life, Sonia identifies the city’s beauty as her main inspiration.

“San Diego inspires me because everything is so beautiful, and we have so many beautiful things to see – yet people always fixate on Los Angeles and New York.”

Although still a few years away, Sonia expressed that after college, she hopes to incorporate photography into her future career.

Sonia’s favorite pictures are:

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And, after looking through all of her pictures myself, I’ve picked some of my favorites:

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blurred faces #vscocam

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The rest of her pictures are all just as amazing! I highly encourage you to check out her Instagram.


Harper’s Topiary Garden

Location: 3549 Union St., south Mission Hills. Where Vine Street meets Union Street.

San Diego is home to many unique places, including various art venues. Inspired by trips she has taken, Edna Harper has creatively reshaped the bushes and vines in her front yard into imaginative animals and creatures. The garden is free for anyone to see, but it is private property – so no touching. However, I definitely recommend swinging by to view the amazing artwork and to find your favorite creature! Take a look at some of the pictures I snapped when I visited the garden.

Featured Image by Sabrina Basurto.