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The Occidentalist

Riley Makowski

Riley Makowski, Graphic Designer, Photographer

Riley Makowski is a sophomore in her first year of newspaper. She decided to take this class because she wanted to try something new. Riley is currently a reporter, working on fun stories for the school to read in the school newspaper and website. Outside of school, she loves hanging out with her friends, family, and her pets.

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The Little Fleet in the snow. Photo Courtesy: Little Fleet

Little Fleet Introduces New Food Trucks

Riley Makowski, Graphic Designer, Photographer May 21, 2024

  The Little Fleet food trucks are located on E. Front St. in front of the Little Fleet restaurant. These food trucks have a variety of food for everyone to enjoy. They have lots of different trucks...

Photo Credit: Riley Makowski

The Appearance of Dollar Stores

Riley Makowski April 25, 2024

  Dollar Stores are appearing all over the place and many are wondering why so many are being built.   It turns out that Dollar Generals are causing a lot of controversy when it comes to local. According...

A Fork in the Road

A Fork in the Road

Riley Makowski March 15, 2024

  The Grandview Parkway is a very busy road that people use on a daily basis. It was recently announced that it’ll be closed in order to get redone. They are doing half and half, which means one part...

The History Behind Valentines Day

The History Behind Valentine’s Day

Riley Makowski, Graphic Designer, Photographer February 14, 2024

  Valentine’s Day occurs every Feb. 14 across the United States. Usually, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones. However, many question how this popular holiday was started...

Students Reflect as They Plan Their New Years Resolutions

Students Reflect as They Plan Their New Year’s Resolutions

Riley Makowski, Graphic Designer, Photographer December 19, 2023

Q: What is your New Year's resolution and why?   Scarlett Schaub '26 A: To get better at horse riding, and to be able to show at Michigan State this summer because I want to achieve something...

Matthew Perry at a red carpet event. Photo Credit: Steve Granitz/

Remembering Matthew Perry

Alexa Bageris and Riley Makowski November 14, 2023

  Matthew Perry, a hero to many, died on Oct. 28, 2023. Perry had been found in a hot tub at his home in Los Angeles, CA. Over the years, Perry has been beloved through the many characters he has played,...

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