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Student speaks on pandemic positivity

Teara Hill is a Muskingum University student who stayed positive during a global pandemic by maximizing her time spent outdoors.

To Hill, being able to be outdoors is a great opportunity. She found the outdoors to be a stress reliever during a time of global crisis. “I think one positive thing that has happened to me during the pandemic is being able to have free time and reconnect and spend more time outdoors because when you’re busy working with the semester, you don’t really have the time to go outside and just relax and enjoy the fresh air,” said Teara Hill, a communication major.

Hill possesses an Associate’s Degree in Wildlife Conservation. To her, being able to identify trees and different plants outside is a passion beyond the pandemic, but was amplified during a national time of panic.

Teara Hill is a Muskingum University student. Hill values her time spent in the outdoors.

“I feel that appreciation [for the outdoors] will be everlasting. When you grow up into a society when things are always available to you and then all of the sudden, overnight things completely change, you forget how important these things were and how you’ve taken them for granted. I feel like that will always stick with and also us as a society,” said Hill.

Hill found that the extra time allowed her to pursue favorite activities. One of Hill’s hobbies is bass fishing, something that quarantine allowed her to do.

“My favorite thing to do was my hobby, going fishing. I did a lot of bass fishing over the break and that is something I don’t really have time to do over the semester,” said Hill.

An audio recording of the interview between Teara Hill (interviewee) and Andrew Kingry (interviewer).

Hill also found that the people in her life helped motivate her during the pandemic. Hill used her immediate circle as emotional support during a difficult time. “I think my biggest supporter during quarantine was my fiancé. He always found the positive outlook of things because sometimes you get bored and you get stuck in your own head, being inside for so long. He just found a way to look at the end, the better outcome, of how this pandemic will bring us all together again as a country.”

The Muskingum University student found that people outside of her immediate circle were also beneficial to her pandemic positivity. Seeing people work together brought positivity in a tumultuous time.

“I feel like when we go to the store and we see everyone else’s positivity or their warmness or their willingness just to make sure that you’re having a good day or if you need help in the store, I just feel like their positive attitude is what keeps us going.”

Despite the quarantine and the pandemic being recent affairs in society, Hill feels that COVID-19 has changed her as a person. The extra time allowed for contemplation.

“I do feel like the pandemic has changed me as a person. It’s taught me to have a better appreciation for life because we never know what could change in an instant, we never know when we could lose someone,” said Hill.

Hill is currently a senior at Muskingum University.

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First Ground Zero radio reporter speaks about experience

Glenn Schuck, a news reporter and anchor for the New York-based 1010 WINS, was the first radio reporter to be allowed on the site of 9/11 with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his team on Sept. 12, 2001.

Hailing from New Jersey, Schuck was one of three news reporters allowed on the site of 9/11 on Sept. 12, 2001, to document the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Centers.

Glenn Schuck is a news reporter and anchor for 1010 WINS. He is currently going on his 21st year with 1010 WINS.

“I was the first radio reporter actually there with Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the time in the middle of all of this [9/11 aftermath] and it was horrific, it was terrible. I hope I never see it again, anything like it,” said Glenn Schuck, news reporter and anchor. The experience of reporting the events of 9/11 has left a lasting impact on his personal life and his reporting career.

Schuck has worked in radio production since 1983. He started at Seton Hall University as a college student but expressed an interest in radio since childhood at the age of 12. Schuck started his career as a rock DJ for various popular stations before returning to news to report business in 1995.

In 2000, he began work at 1010 WINS as a reporter, only a year before the terror attacks occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.

Glenn Schuck encourages students to find opportunities in college radio, like he did at Seton Hall University. Schuck’s interest in radio has only grown since his college years.

“I get upset, even to this day, that people say you should get over it…’Come on, it was just the World Trade Center’ and I say, ‘Just the World Trade Center?'” said Schuck.

He said that in review of the situation, Schuck wished that he had done “more” with the description and imagery of the event, but the intense emotion of the situation and the constraints of early 2000s technology left him with delivering a basic explanation of the aftermath.

He felt that what he accomplished in the 100 days he reported in the debris of The Twin Towers did not quite encapsulate the full experience as a radio reporter.

“I look back on it now and I think I was just kind of numb. Getting through the days, I was doing the best I could, I couldn’t sleep a lot,” said Schuck.

However, despite the emotional and physical toll of 9/11 on the American people and on himself, the positive effects on the country following the attacks was notable. “It was a great American moment, a great unifying moment. The country came together,” said Schuck.

He said that he keeps in touch with the families of 9/11 victims despite the difficulty still associated with the event. In turn, Schuck’s reporting of the terror attacks on 9/11 has benefitted an HBO documentary and two books regarding the attacks.

Schuck continues his journalism work with 1010 WINS as a news reporter and anchor, filling the 5 a.m to 12 p.m time slot. His current work consists of man on the street reporting spliced with larger events, such as the ball drop in Times Square for New Year’s Eve.

He now resides in Bergen County, New Jersey with his wife and daughter, Eva, and said that he is pleased in his career choice and position.

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Zanesville woman runs to the finish line

Katie McNeil has ran eight marathons in her lifetime.

The Zanesville resident has had a love for running since middle school and has been running marathons since 2016, starting first as the Columbus Marathon.

“The thrill of the finish, the thrill of running those 26.2 miles and the crowd…it really was awesome,” said Katie McNeil, Exercise Enthusiast and Fitness Instructor. McNeil qualified for the Boston Marathon after finishing her first marathon.

McNeil has always been an athlete. She started running in middle school. By high school, McNeil possessed two record for her athletic prowess in running that she received in her freshman year. In 2010 and 2011, McNeil started running six half-marathons before starting her full marathon journey.

“It’s a lot of work, it’s a lot of training, it’s a lot of discipline and it’s a lot of getting up early on Sunday mornings and making sure you get your long runs in and it’s a lot of careful training and planning,” said McNeil.

McNeil runs two to three mile runs to keep up with her athletic training and spends seven hours a week dedicated to athleticism. McNeil plans on running the Akron Marathon in April of 2021 and has dreams of going abroad in her marathon career.

McNeil’s love of fitness is not just a passion, but a career. She is a fitness instructor for The Muskingum County Family YMCA, where she teaches 45-minute classes that are open to the public, ranging from cycling to cardio workouts. She teaches up to three times a week, in addition to maintaining her personal exercise routine.