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Muskies Take a Bite out of Big Kahuna Challenge

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History was made in New Concord in the form of an eating competition as two Muskingum students completed the Big Kahuna Challenge at Creno’s Pizza on Feb. 10.

Junior Dane Miller and senior Garret Graehling, members of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, are the first to ever complete the challenge at the pizza chain’s New Concord location, downing the pizza in 28 minutes.

The Big Kahuna Challenge requires participants to have at least three toppings on their 29-inch pizza and can split the pizza in half between the two people. Both Miller and Graehling said they decided to have green pepper, mushrooms, and jalapeño pepper as their toppings of choice.

“We were expecting to finish it,” said Graehling. “It was $52 if we didn’t finish it.”

Miller said he had a similar mind set entering the challenge.

“We were not expecting to pay for it,” said Miller. “We were either going to finish it or finish it in agony because we’re not paying $52 for a pizza.”

Muskingum Junior Dane Miller (left) and Senior Garret Graehling (right) pose with the pan used to create the Big Kahuna pizza and the box it came in on Feb. 10 at Creno's Pizza in New Concord. The two are the first to ever complete the challenge at the chain's New Concord location.
(Submission) Muskingum Junior Dane Miller (left) and Senior Garret Graehling (right) pose with the pan used to create the Big Kahuna pizza and the box it came in on Feb. 10 at Creno’s Pizza in New Concord. The two are the first to ever complete the challenge at the chain’s New Concord location.

Although Graehling’s strategy was to eat as fast as he could, Miller soon realized that the challenge wouldn’t be that simple.

“It started off nice and fun,” said Miller. “It’s like ‘look at all this pizza, it tastes really good, the slices are big, I’m just eating all this pizza.’ [That’s] until you get to about the third slice. Then you’re like ‘Oh, I feel like I’m really full.’”

The two realized near the end of the challenge that they needed to work together in order to complete the challenge.

“I finished my fourth piece and Dane looks over at me, tears his piece in half, and gives me half of his,” said Graehling.

While the challenge may have sounded like a lot of fun, some who were in attendance weren’t as amused as others.

“The owner was really excited about it,” said Graehling. “Everyone else seemed kind of disgusted.”

Graehling and Miller said they found out the consequences of eating the pizza in record time as soon as they returned home.

“I just went to bed at seven and woke up at seven,” said Graehling.

For Miller, the side effects of competing in the challenge weren’t quite as bad.

“I didn’t feel very good, but I’d say after a couple of hours…I was pretty much normal, except for feeling all of the jalapenos, said Miller. “My stomach was warm for a while, so other than that, it was fun. I didn’t feel too bad.”

Although Miller said he would not do another Big Kahuna Challenge, Graehling said he would be interested in a different eating challenge.

Muskies Bring Awareness to Addiction

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The New Concord Area Addiction Coalition (NCAAC) is once again hosting an Addiction Symposium on the campus of Muskingum University, only this time, on a larger scale.

This new symposium is a direct follow-up to the first symposium held on Nov. 19, 2016.

The original session featured one keynote speaker and was held in the Roberta A. Smith Library, but according to University Minister, Will Mullins, this year’s event will be much bigger than its predecessor.

Mullins said that at this symposium, which is being held Saturday, March 18, three keynote speakers along with five individual breakout sessions meant to dive further into different addiction-related topics are being added to the agenda.

“We’re giving more opportunities for people to come and get actual resources the day of the program,” said Mullins.

The three keynote speakers include two Muskingum University faculty members along with one guest to the University. Assistant Professor of Health Science, Shelley Amstutz-Szalay, is returning to speak at the symposium, but she will be joined by Associate Professor of Psychology, Ana Kehrberg, and Assistant Professor from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Brad Price.

Mullins said that the program would begin in Boyd Science Center, either in Room 343 or Room 336, depending on how many participants attend. The program is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. that day, and will feature the three keynote speakers in fast succession to kick off the event. The day would then shift into the breakout sessions, which will be held at various points on campus.

Mullins said his goal is to bring in more than 100 participants to the program, but it would still be considered a success no matter the amount of people that attend.

“If we get 10 people and two people’s lives are changed, we’re going to consider that a success,” said Mullins.

Mullins went on to say that he is specifically looking forward to this opportunity because of his own life experiences with the issue. Mullins’ sister struggled with addiction, and he said that is a big driving force behind his investment into the program.

“I know first-hand that Muskies struggle with addiction,” said Mullins. “I want them to be able to reach out for help, to change their lives, and get past this addiction. If we can save one life, it makes it all worth-while.”

The symposium will also have a break for lunch during the day. Lunch is free to Muskingum University and John Glenn High School students and $10 for the general public.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. on March 18, but interested persons can also register online at http://tinyurl.com/addiction2017.