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With the high school sports season quickly approaching in August here are some of my favorite sports photos from my first few months at the Herald & Review.
As my four years at Eastern come to an end tried my hand at producing a more intricate multimedia piece than I’m used to. I decided to take an independent study during this last semester, and the result was a multimedia piece on a Shannon McElmeel, a cellist at Eastern. The video was put together with three different parts. The audio from the interview, photos from practice, and the video of her playing.
Aside from scheduling problems, since we both had very busy semesters, putting the video together wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Part of that is because I switched from Final Cut Express to Adobe Premiere Pro.
As a slow trickle of brightly dressed Eastern sorority and fraternity members walk to Lantz Arena they contrast the softball fans in t-shirts and shorts at Williams field. Dashes of red, yellow and green make their way across campus for Greek Sing.
Part of Eastern’s Greek Week, Greek Sing involves sororities and fraternities singing musical medleys. Lantz Arena was filled with students and family for the event Sunday.
I originally wasn’t planning on covering Greek Sing, but because of another canceled event on Friday I decided to see what I could get. I was happy I decided to spend a few hours of my Sunday afternoon in a stuffy gym. Here are a few of my favorite shots.
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 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.
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.
Monday’s women’s basketball game against UT Martin was one of the more exciting games this semester in terms of photography. I can usually come away from a game with a few good reaction photos, but yesterday seemed like a gold mine. It’s always exciting covering a game that keeps you on your toes, and I think I came out of the game with some decent photos. After looking at the photos, it also looked like some lights were replaced in Lantz Arena because the lighting was better than usual. For the full story check out Alex McNamee’s story in the Daily Eastern News here.
With only about three more months until I graduate from Eastern, the job hunt has seized me in its clutches, and I’ve found myself going through some of my photos from the past year. As I went through them I realized a few of my favorites never made it to my blog.
For my entire portfolio click here.
The Eastern women’s basketball team fought against Bradley University Monday night but came up one point short in the final seconds losing 66-65 in Lantz Arena.
The Panthers return to the court Nov. 19 in Lantz Arena against San Jose State. For another view of the game check out Zachary White’s blog, and for the full story head over to The Daily Eastern News.
Football coach Dino Babers led the team to an OVC championship during a season dubbed the New Era by Eastern athletics. Eastern came into their game against Southeast-Missouri State 5-1 in conference play, and claimed the OVC title outright after UT Martin lost to Tennessee Tech. Eastern defeated SEMO 39-20 Saturday at O’Brien Field.
The Panthers have one more regular season game against Central Arkansas on Nov. 17, before they move on to the playoffs.