Monthly Archives: March 2013

Working Before the Dawn

Heating up green tea in a microwave at 4 a.m. on the second floor of Buzzard Hall is how Jenny Thompson needs to start her day. Thompson, a building service worker at Eastern Illinois University, begins her workday when the only students still awake are toiling away in their books or stumbling home from a late night out.

Thompson, one of four BSWs who work the 4 to 11:30 a.m. shift in Buzzard, has worked in the building since Summer 2011.

Thompson said it took her a week before she had a system to get through the building.

Now, she moves through the offices and hallways with precision and swiftness. Only momentarily stopping to wipe a black scuffmark from the floor with her foor when she spots them.

Thompson describes her job at Eastern as one of the best she could have asked for.

“If you talk to the students and get to know them everything will be good,” she said.

I originally wanted to work on this story last semester, but I couldn’t find the time to get it done. With a little more free time to work on some of my own projects I was able to pretty quickly find someone willing to let me follow them for a few hours. I was lucky because Thompson was great to work with. If you want to see more collected photo essays head over to the Photo Essay section of the site.

The Road Ends for Eastern Basketball

The Eastern men’s basketball team faced off against Southeast Missouri on March 6, in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, but wasn’t able to move forward in the OVC tournament. SEMO defeated the men’s basketball team 78-68.

The women’s team played on Friday, March 8, and fell against UT Martin 71-69 in the semifinal round. It was one of the most exciting games I covered during my four years at Eastern, and it was also the last Eastern basketball games I’ll cover for The Daily Eastern News or the Warbler. UT Martin ended up winning the OVC Championship and is moving into the NCAA Tournament.

For the full women’s basketball story check out Alex McNamee’s story in The Daily Eastern News. With the basketball season over, baseball and softball are right around the corner, and it will be nice to finally get back outside to cover games.

The Road to Nashville

I covered my final two Eastern home basketball games Saturday, March 2. Both the men and women faced off against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Lantz Arena. The men came out of of the game victorious, defeating SIUE 61-46.

The women weren’t able to come away with the victory. Eastern lost 62-70 in overtime.

I’m traveling to Nashville to cover the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament today, so there will be more photos coming soon.