The source I decided to use was a secondary source. The article is called Mr. Enthusiasm by Zachary Ryan, a form student of Eau Claire. The reason I chose this source was for a few reasons. Firstly, I wanted to gain some knowledge about Mr. Zorn. Ryan also had posted his works cited, which was very creditable and that shows he did his research. Lastly, he wrote the essay for his History 489 class, which means it is accurate and a professor has also looked over the work before publication. Ryan’s audience includes well-educated individuals looking for knowledge and other college students looking to also gain some knowledge on Zorn. The purpose was to mainly state who Zorn was and what he accomplished while at Eau Claire. Ryan states, “the purpose of my paper is to inform readers on an aspect of institutional history at UW-Eau Claire by giving an overview of a man who shaped the university into what it is today. Not only as a coach, but as a man who at one time held five positions on campus” (Ryan 1). The article was published in 2009 so the relevance and accuracy is up-to-date.

The article based on the argument that Bill Zorn was a successful and well-liked man on the Eau Claire campus and he was a man who changed the university in a positive manner. For example, the start of the essay begins by putting Zorn in a category of fame. “John Wooden, Dean Smith, Bill Zorn” (1). This was a big statement right away because John Wooden and Dean Smith are very well known within the sports world and to put Zorn in the mix with these names had large implications on what Ryan thought of Zorn. Ryan also gives a brief history of Wooden and Smith and how Zorn related to them and can be put in the same category as these legendary figures. Ryan also mentions the beginning of colligate sports and how they began which was a nice transition into talking about Zorn and how he got involved with athletics. The last part of the article that stood out to me was one of his sources. Ryan used the Bill Zorn Papers in his essay, which is located in the archives here at UW-Eau Claire. This shows Ryan creditability because he did the research necessary and the Bill Zorn Papers are what I will be using in my essay as well.

The overall essay was very well-written and states a ton of factual information on Zorn. I was impressed with the set up and execution of Ryan. With that being said, I was still a bit skeptical and hesitate at first. I understood that Ryan was only a student and he had absolutely no situated ethos, therefore I knew nothing about him. The paper was also based around Ryan’s opinion which is okay, however, it led me to be weary. In the end, Ryan showed his knowledge and showed he did extensive research and that showed his invented ethos. He also supported his opinion with factual and reliable information from his sources.

After reading this article I gave gained a lot of information about Zorn. I learned he held five positions while at Eau Claire: football and basketball coach, Dean of Men, athletic director and teacher. Zorn was married and had children plus at one time he coached the football, basketball, and track team (16). Ryan also included Zorn’s success and amiability which led to university naming the basketball and event building after Zorn. There was a lot of information thrown in to the essay and the only thing missing was directness of the paper. Once you can read through the informational history of Ryan’s paper it is easier to comprehend and this is due in large part to his history class in which he was writing this essay for. In closing, I would like to further indulge in Ryan’s paper and completely digest all the material presented. I would also like to further my research by traveling to the archives to do my research on the Bill Zorn Papers as well. I still have a long way to go in discovering exactly who Zorn was and why he was significant to Eau Claire but through Ryan’s paper, I received a good taste of what Zorn was all about.

Works Cited

Ryan, Zachary. Mr. Enthusiasm . Diss. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2009. Print.

4 thoughts on “MR. ENTHUSIASM

  1. Jordan, I think this source is very relivant to you personally because you are also a student at UWEC. As I read your blog, some key points really stuck with me like how Zorn held 5 positions at one time, and how Ryan inculded other resources for his own responsive opinioated paper. I think you should really use those other sources that are located in the archives to base some of your further research on. If I were you, I would also look into finding more biological information on Zorn and his life overall. I think if you connect his background (childhood & early adolesence) with his University of Eau Claire experience could help you really make a strong claim about how effective Zorn was at making an impact on this campus? …just a thought! I am excited to further see what other types of information you come across!

    1. You are most definitely right about the relevance to me. The idea you had about finding more information about Zorn’s early life is a great idea! I have thought about where to dig to find all that information and I think the Bill Zorn Papers in the EC Archives is where I am going to find this information. Thanks for the comment and ideas, it will be helpful to know an outside sources’ opinion going forward!

  2. I like how you used a source that has gone to this school and understood the atmosphere of the surroundings. I know you stated that you worried about his ethos and thinking some of the paper would be opinion based. Knowing that he was an Eau Claire student are you more hesitant to use his information? Do you think that this could get affect you research later on? And are you planning on use his sources to further your own research?

    1. I’m not too hesitant in using Ryan’s work. He showed that he did his research and did it well. The only parts I was unsure of was the fact that he didn’t have any sort of ethos. He was just some ordinary guy writing an essay, until he proved to be a credible source. I do plan on using a few parts of Ryan’s essay to incorporate into my writing as well. Thanks for the comment!!

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