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The Occidentalist

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The Occidentalist

Lauren Tkach

Lauren Tkach, Staff Writer

Lauren Tkach is a sophomore in her first year of newspaper with the Occidentalist. She enjoys taking pictures and writing about current events, which is what made the class so appealing to her. In her free time, Lauren plays softball, listens to music, and explores the various lakeshores of Northern Michigan.

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Flying High, Top Gun: Maverick, Hits the Big Screen

Flying High, “Top Gun: Maverick,” Hits the Big Screen

Eva Lawson and Lauren Tkach June 13, 2022

  After 36 years of anticipation, Tom Cruise returns to the big screen as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in “Top Gun: Maverick.” The film is a continuation of its original, “Top Gun,” with new...

Senior Wyatt Danilowicz pitches from the mound.

Danilowicz Goes D1

Eva Lawson and Lauren Tkach May 25, 2022

  As playoff season approaches for baseball, senior Wyatt Danilowicz comes to the end of his high school career. However, this will not be the last time Danilowicz takes the field. This time next year,...

The TCAPS School Board agrees to a full week online and for masking to be mandatory

TCAPS Board Moves School Online and Reinstates the Mask Policy

Cici Copenhaver and Lauren Tkach January 13, 2022

  On Monday night, Jan. 10, the Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) board re-evaluated the COVID-19 protocols that were implemented throughout the district at the previous board meeting. Board members...

The exterior of the Big Salad, located next to Nolan’s Cigar Shop and the Good Bowl

Review: The Big Salad, Opens for Business Downtown

Lauren Tkach and Cici Copenhaver November 28, 2021

  The Big Salad is Traverse City’s newest restaurant that offers soups, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, and more. The restaurant is part of a chain, and opened on Oct. 21, in downtown Traverse City....

Sophomore Ava Hellem posing in front of Styles in Detroit Monday, Sept. 20. Hellem worked a summer job specifically to pay for her ticket to this concert. Photo courtesy: A. Hellem

Harry Styles Concert: a ‘Golden’ Experience

Lauren Tkach, Ella Rintala, and Landon Foster September 29, 2021

  Eighteen months after the originally scheduled dates, Harry Styles fans are finally getting the chance to attend his Love On Tour. Styles was only able to perform a few tour dates in Europe for his...

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