Archive for February, 2016

EIU Speech Team Places Third in Team Sweepstakes at Illini Stars Swing Tournament

February 23, 2016

The EIU Speech Panthers had an excellent overall showing at the Illini Stars Swing Tournament on February 7 and 8 at the University of Illinois. The team placed third overall in the team sweepstakes.


In addition to the team success, many Speech Panthers had individual success in the competition.

Edwyn Mitchell was the tournament champion in After Dinner Speaking as well as the top novice in the event. With Marques Brown, the pair won first place in Duo.

Brown had individual success throughout the tournament as well. He placed second in Individual Sweepstakes, third in Prose Interpretation, sixth in Dramatic Interpretation and sixth in After Dinner Speaking.

Other Speech Panthers also contributed to the team win with their individual success. Austin Mejdrich placed third in Informative Speaking, fifth in After Dinner Speaking, and sixth in Persuasive Speaking and Sam Gilbert took second in Dramatic Interpretation and sixth in Prose Interpretation. He was also the top novice in both events.

After this strong overall team showing, the Speech Panthers are preparing to come home to EIU for the EIU Speech Panthers Spring Showcase at Coleman Hall. The event happens on Wednesday, April 6.



Speech Team Member Austin Mejdrich Named EIU’s Real Panther of the Week

February 23, 2016

Eastern Illinois University recognized Speech Team standout Austin Mejdrich as its Real Panther of the Week. Mejdrich recently was one of the student organizers of the Fund EIU Rally and delivered a truly memorable speech to the 2,000 individuals in attendance.

Direct from EIU:

“Meet this week’s #RealPanther, Austin Mejdrich. We couldn’t ask for a better advocate for EIU than this junior political science major.

Austin – as one of the student leaders of the Fund EIU Rally – not only helped organize the rally in six days, but also gave an impassioned speech that ignited cheers from more than 2,000 students, staff and community members.

Like most of our students, Austin is involved with a variety of campus activities, from speech team to organizing activism for higher education and his passion for EIU is contagious. A Charleston native himself, Austin understands more than anyone the connection between Charleston and EIU. When Austin isn’t studying or supporting campus, he works at a local business, Towne Square Jewelers.

His motivation for supporting EIU simply comes from his love of the EIU way of life, where someone will go out of your way to open a door or say hello. “I don’t want to see any of the culture of Eastern die,” he said.

Austin, you are EIU!”


Photo courtesy of EIU’s official Facebook page.