Zanesville High School Japanese Anime and Culture Club brings Together All Types of Students.
The Zanesville High School Japanese Anime and Culture Club (JACC) has become a home to students who previously identified as shy. “JACC is a good thing to help the kids that aren’t so social, that are just nervous. I have a really bad stutter, if this was me two years ago I wouldn’t be doing this interview,” said ZHS senior and JACC member Michael Campbell.
Christopher Miller, a history teacher at Zanesville High School founded JACC six years ago in 2011. Miller has been a fan of Japanese anime since he was young. “I’ve always liked Japanese anime so I guess that was kind of the start for me, even when I was little I watched things like Voltron and that kind of got me hooked,” said Christopher Miller.
When students came to Miller in 2011 and asked him to start the club he agreed under one condition, the club couldn’t focus solely on anime but also on Japanese culture.
JACC host many events throughout the year and has 40 members this school year. “We gave things like origami night where we do complete cultural things. What people get the misconception of in this school is that it’s (JACC) all about anime and nerd stuff,” said Campbell.
Aside from being an anime fan Miller is also a history buff and that’s one reason he wished JACC to study culture. “When I was in college I started taking more classes in East Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese history got my undergrad and that was very interesting to me,” said Miller.
After Miller received his undergrad he went on to get his masters degree in East Asian History from John Carroll University. Miller was interested in getting his doctorate degree so he applied for a teaching job in Japan through the JET program (Japanese Exchange and Teaching).
“I went to Detroit to interview and they must have liked me because they chose me to go and I taught English at a Japanese high school for three years,” said Miller.
Miller’s love for anime and experiences in Japan, give him the ability to lead JACC and share his passion. Campbell talked about how before joining the club he was shy and not very social but since joining things have changed.
“It’s just a good place for people to talk and mingle. No one’s going to make fun of you,” said Campbell.
This upcoming Summer JAAC is taking 15 students to Japan for nine days to first hand experience the culture.
Dr. Steven McGuire is a professor at Muskingum University who was asked by the school to teach a subject he had never even studied, anthropology.
“They needed the course taught and I always thought it was interesting stuff so when they hired me I asked if I could have a year to learn it because I like to learn about other societies and the little bit I had read seemed really interesting,” said McGuire.
McGuire, who was originally a sociology-based professor, found a new passion in anthropology. His love for anthropology soon stemmed out of the classroom and became a hobby.
McGuire has now traveled to multiple places including China, Northern Europe, Norway and Costa Rica. Doing this he has combined his love for anthropology and the study of people with film making and started making his own documentaries and education based films.
He uses some of his films in his classes he teaches, one specifically being called A Day in the Life. “A Day in the Life took a lot of stories that interested me and that I used in one of my classes called Intro to American Society and put them together, there’s a lot of outsourcing in the world today, some people in Las Vegas wear adult diapers because they don’t want to be pulled back from their machine,” said McGuire.
The type of anthropology work Dr. McGuire typically deals with is known as cultural anthropology, which typically deals with human culture especially with respect to social structure, language, law, politics, religion, magic, art, and technology (according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary).
Another film McGuire created focused on Costa Rica a country that has no army yet is still attacked. This film is called 1948 and Counting.
1948 and Counting won an international film award for the 2013 Cinema Verde Festival. Cinema Verde is a film festival with a mission to provide environmental education to the public through the arts according to cinemaverde.org. McGuire and his film won the “Peace Award” during the event.
By making films that have topics that teach and entertain them at the same time, McGuire has found a way to relate to his students. He’s currently finishing up a film about Clark Kent who is better known as Superman. “What if Clark Kent had psychological issues instead of always having an external enemy what about if he had internal demons like depression or abandonment,” said McGuire.
He’s planning on the film being about six minutes long and using lots of Superman comic strips.
McGuire believes that anthropology and his hobby of video making go hand in hand. “The travel helps and it gives me a lot to talk about it class,” said McGuire.
McGuire is also working on a film that’s about corporations. “I think unfair advantages and they treat people badly so I’m comparing them to psychopathic monsters some people have already done this I just think I’m doing it better but I’m comparing corporations to King Kong or Godzilla,” said McGuire.
Despite traveling to many places already McGuire still has been places he would like to visit one being Japan, Montreal and Quebec City.
McGuire discussed how he doesn’t just make films and do anthropology studies for his work but because he enjoys it.
He enjoys learning about the decline of community and many of his hobbies give him chances to learn more about this.
McGuire plans on attending Cuba for a convention this fall. “I just put in for a grant, I’m going to go in November for a conference and I want to go early and shoot some video there and that would be great to have for the anthropology class and also for another class called Social Change,” said McGuire.
McGuire offers classes every semester at Muskingum University. If you look under Steve McGuire on YouTube you can find some of his films or on International Movie Data Base (IMDB.com). For further information on his works he recommended contacting him personally through his email which is email@example.com.
Muskingum Wrestler Leads Team Back to Former Glory
Jordan Burkholder, 20, has the winningest record for the past two season at Muskingum University as a varsity wrestler.
He has accumulated a 42-24 record with the Muskies while wrestling at the 125 lbs. weight class and when asked what has set him apart from the others he said “I’d say just the time I put in, I get extra workouts in, I typically workout outside of practice once every day. In the offseason, last summer I was the only one on the team to go to University Nationals.”
Prior to Burkholder’s arrival on campus the Muskingum wrestling team had been struggling, they came in last in their conference during the 2014-2015 season according to oac.org.
However in 2014 things started to change for the better as Muskingum hired former NCAA Division III National Runner-Up Zach Mizer as their head coach.
Burkholder was an accomplished high school wrestler with multiple state qualifications and even a state placement but during his recruiting process he only ever even considered one school, Muskingum University.
When asked why he chose Muskingum he said “While here [Muskingum University], with Coach Mizer, I knew right away we got along well and I liked the campus and it’s only about an hour away from home which was also a big deciding factor.”
During his freshman season he had 17-14 record which was actually more wins than all the other wrestlers records combined from the previous season.
When asked how he feels about coach Zach Mizer Burkholder said “ I think he’s a great coach we share very similar goals and when we talked for the first time we both made it clear that the goal was a national title, we didn’t even talk about any goal less than that because that is the only goal.”
The sophomore expects nothing less than an NCAA National Championship.
He credits his success to the hard work he puts in outside of the wrestling season, all the countless hours that nobody sees. During the summers Burkholder wrestles and trains with the NCAA Division I wrestling team Ohio University.
During his 2016-2017 campaign his hard work paid off as he went 25-10, was named 2nd team All-OAC and just fell short of national qualification.
Burkholder prides himself in his work ethic, something he credits to his father who he says got him into wrestling in the first place. When asked about his father Burkholder said “He works extremely hard himself he’s an iron worker and I’ve worked with him myself in it and because of this it’s one of the main reasons I’m even in college, he didn’t want me to have to do that for a living the way he had to.”
Burkholder attended Crooksville High school before his time with their wrestling team they only ever had one state placer in program history. Going into Muskingum he embraced the title of underdog, he feels like it takes a lot of the pressure off because other teams don’t expect them to do well.
Aside from individual success Burkholder has helped bring success to his drill partner Toby Warrington who has accumulated an 11-17 record this past season for the team.
Despite wrestling being an individual sport when asked how much he cared about the team’s success as a whole Burkholder stated “Greatly, I want to win a OAC team title as well, the comradery that takes its outstanding and it’s also very rare. It takes a special group of people to win a league title and it shows that everyone has worked hard not just one person.”
He gave praise to many people including his high school coaches Dave Ratliff, Sean Enright and his father.
In the classroom Burkholder is majoring in Education and hopes to one day return to his alma matter Crooksville High School and be a teacher and the wrestling coach.
His roots are very important to him, staying close to home had a huge impact on his decision to go to Muskingum University which is 30 miles from his home town.
As a team captain he feels responsible for the team, he believes that his actions will speak louder than his words. Instead of commanding his teammates what to do he wants to show them what to do, and do it with them. If his teammates see him being successful because of putting in extra work he hopes that they will follow by example and do the same.
The thing he wants most is to at least be an NCAA qualifier if not an All-American or champion, he feels like by accomplishing one of those feats that he can make a significant impact on the wrestling team.
He’s confident this kind of success it will attract more high level recruits to the team. Burkholder still has two seasons of eligibility left with the Muskingum University Wrestling team and has very high expectations for himself and his team.
Marty Scott, 75, has lived a life that most would fear: he spent his days working as an undercover narcotics officer. But Scott had a different perspective: “I never feared death, I never feared anybody.” On Jan. 30, he spoke with students in Caldwell Hall at Muskingum University about his prestigious career, some of his personal struggles and even some of his undercover secrets.
Scott started as a police officer in Cambridge, Ohio and then worked for Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigations (BCII), where he became an undercover officer. He was not just an ordinary officer but a highly accomplished one: he had around 4,000 drug busts in his tenure with the BCII. When asked if he is still called upon by agents for help or advice, he stated “Not anymore but for 5-10 years every day the phone would ring or somebody would pull in the driveway.”
He never saw himself going into this career field. In fact, when he was young he grew up on the mean streets of Cleveland and literally had to fight to survive. He recounted a time where he was hanging around with the wrong group of people and they were stealing tires from a scrap yard and was caught by the police.
Lucky for him, the officer decided to give him a break, which allowed him to eventually get into the law enforcement field. He was asked if he ever became close with anyone that he met undercover, and if so did he ever give them a break like the officer gave him. “There were some people that I loved so much that I didn’t bust them, it could’ve come back on me later but I never did” said Scott.
The life as an undercover agent is an unforgiving one. He told us that he had to take on different identities for every job: he was given fake names like Tony Diamond, fake I.D’s and cars to fit his persona. His career mimicked that of an 80s action movie, he risked his life each and every day.
To gain the trust of drug users he had to look like a drug user, so he grew lots of facial hair and even pierced his ear. He was a family man with five kids and when on the job couldn’t talk to them for weeks at a time. To keep his family safe and hidden he moved them to a small town south of Zanesville called Duncan Falls.
The biggest danger of his job was running into someone he had already busted while on another job and because of this fear being an undercover officer is a short lived career. Scott said only one person tried to hunt him down after he busted them, who actually called him on the phone and threatened to kill him and said he knew where he lived. Scott’s response was “I know you know where I live and I know you just got out of prison because the sheriff has already called and told me you’re out of prison, I’ll tell you what I’ll meet you out on my front porch, come armed.
To no surprise the man never showed up. Scott is truly like a better version of Chuck Norris, yet he is so humble. He’s been in Newsweek Magazine and offered to be the subject of books, yet he prefers to keep his one of kind lifestyle more on the quit side.
After his time with the BCII, he led the Criminal Division of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles for 18 years. In 1998 Scott finally retired and was able to take some personal time that was much deserved. He dedicated his life to others and sacrificed so much while asking for nothing in return.
We often think of heroes as caped crusaders or people who have supernatural abilities, but in reality real heroes are people like Marty Scott: people who put their own lives on the line and even their families, all to protect our society and make the world