Monthly Archives: January 2012

ROTC U.S Weapons Lab

Here is a selection of photos from the ROTC U.S. Weapons Lab that was held in the McAfee Gym at Eastern Illinois University on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.

Cadet Nana Gyasi, a sophomore family and consumer sciences major, demonstrates her ability to work a Mark 19 grenade launcher at the ROTC U.S. Weapons Lab in the McAfee Gym Thursday Jan. 26, 2012. The weapons lab gave the cadets the opportunity to handle weapons, including the M-2 .50-caliber machine gun, M-4 Carbine, M-9 9mm pistol, M249 machine gun, M240B machine gun and Mark 19 grenade launcher, before going to the firing range later this year. The M 19 grenade launcher has a sustained rate of fire of 40 rounds per minute according to the provided MK 19 operational data.

Cadets attempt to assemble and disassemble the M-4 Carbine.

A cadet slides the drive spring of a M249 machine gun into place.

Cadet John Darling, a freshman exercise science major, works on assembling a M249 machine gun.

Cadet Charles Reynolds, a junior political science major, teaches ROTC cadets how to assemble and disassemble the M-4 Carbine.

Cadet Jack McLeod, a junior health studies major, assembles a M249 machine gun.

An unassembled M-9 9mm pistol lies on the floor during the ROTC U.S. Weapons Lab. For the full 28 photo slideshow head over to The Daily Eastern News.

Graduation looming

Cyrus Williams, a senior general studies major at Eastern Illinois University, looks up at his mortar board as Ashley West, of Lauren Studios, fixes it during senior portraits Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. “It has been 30 years since I walked across the high school stage so I’m ecstatic,” Williams said. Eastern’s seniors will walk across the stage May 5.

Panther basketball update

The updates over the pasty week have been a little slow because of an upcoming yearbook deadline, but here are a few photos from the past few Eastern basketball games.

Freshman guard Joey Miller (left) and senior guard Jeremy Granger wait to be introduced to the crowd before their game against Tennessee State Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 in Lantz Arena. Eastern was defeated by Tennessee State 46-55.

Jordyne Crunk, a sophomore guard, shoots from under Tennessee State’s senior guard Kim Haynes in Lantz Arena during the first half of play Monday, Jan. 23, 2011. Eastern beat Tennessee State 88-73.

Sophomore forward Alfonzo McKinnie recovers a failed steal by Austin Peay’s senior center John Fraley Saturday,  Jan. 21, 2011, in Lantz Arena during Eastern’s 76-64 loss.

Junior forward Sydney Mitchell looks for a shot while surrounded by the Austin Peay defense Saturday,  Jan. 21, 2011, in Lantz Arena. The women’s team was able to overcome their OVC rivals 80-46.

Men’s basketball team moves to 2-1 in the OVC

Senior guard Jeremy Granger is the final player to be introduced of the Eastern men’s basketball team’s starting lineup Jan. 12, in EIU’s Lantz Arena. Eastern faced UT Martin defeating them 68-55.

Mike Liabo, a sophomore UT Martin guard/forward, tips the ball away from senior forward Zavier Sanders as he attempts a rebound.

Jake Schlich, a junior music education major and drummer for the Panther Basketball Band , cheers for the Eastern men’s basketball team during the final minutes of the first half.

Sophomore forward Alfonzo McKinnie dunks the ball during the second half of play against UT Martin.

Eastern head coach Mike Miller holds his face in his hands after a botched play in the last few minutes of play. Eastern’s win puts them at 2-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. For the full story head over to The Daily Eastern News.

Weekend of wrestling ends perfect season

I finished the final days of my winter break shooting a few of my brother’s wrestling meets and tournaments before heading back to school on the 9th. Here is an overview of the weekend.

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 marked the start of a weekend of wrestling that ended Tyler’s previously perfect season. Thursday was a home meet at Thornwood High school in South Holland, Ill., against Lincoln Way West. The match ended with Tyler getting the pin with a 1 minute and 3 seconds left on the clock extending his record to 12-0.

Friday marked his first loss against Bradley-Bourbonnais. Tyler wrestled up during the meet going from his usual weight class of 126 to 132. The match ended 5-6 putting his record at 12-1.

Saturday was a double elimination tournament hosted by Bradley-Bourbonnais. Tyler lost his first match to a pin in the first period.

Losing the first match put him in the wrestle back bracket with a chance to take fifth place. In the next match he won with a pin.

Tyler eventually took sixth place loosing his final match in the tournament with a record at the end of the meet of 13-3.

On the Mat

This is the second video in a series on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor Andre “Maneco” Leite. I have been putting this video together for the past week and realized how different the style was from my last video on striking. They both have the same general layout but I had to approach shooting the Jiu Jitsu differently. It was a lot harder to get a good shot of the Jiu Jitsu than it was to get good striking shots, but I welcome the challenge. It made me try harder and look for better ways to work the scene. I also got to test out my new Zykkor shoulder mount, which, for the money, I thought worked pretty well. Just like the last video everything was shot at Torres Martial Arts. Unfortunately, this also marks the end of my winter break and it was last time I will be heading into the gym to work on Jiu Jitsu until the summer.

Spring 2011 Delta Zeta Tugs

Since things have been a little slow while I’m finishing up what is left of my winter break I realized I never posted the first video I worked on. This was from the spring of last year during Eastern’s Greek Week. The fraternities and sororities host different competitions around campus with the goal of getting points. One of these competitions is tugs, a massive game of tug-of-war. Campus Pond is turned into a muddy battleground for a few days to see who will emerge as the tugging champions. I went and covered the Delta Zeta sorority.

On another note, my second video on Andre “Maneco” Leite will be up this weekend. It will focus more on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.