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Friday, May 7, 2010

The story of Emanon

For this year’s Little 500 race, I decided to take a different angle than usual. It was my fourth time covering the race as a student, and I wanted to try to tell the story differently. Instead of just focusing on the race-day peak action and reaction shots, I teamed up with a writer to tell the story of a single team in the race. We embedded with Emanon, a first-year independent team in the field. Emanon was formed by Alpha Tau Omega members after the school’s chapter was not allowed to compete in the race after an ethics board review and alcohol violations. I produced an audio slideshow, and fellow Herald-Times intern — and soon-to-be Chicago Tribune intern — Ryan Gregg wrote a narrative about the team.

Emanon team leader Derek Bailey adjusts his headband and helmut as he prepares for the team send off on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the Alpha Tau Omega house. Several hundred members of ATO gather each year to send off the Little 500 team on the day of the race.

Emanon team leader Derek Bailey adjusts his headband and helmut as he prepares for the team send off on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the Alpha Tau Omega house. Several hundred members of ATO gather each year to send off the Little 500 team on the day of the race.

Emanon rider Alex Ray takes a team bicycle for a spin in the basement of the Alpha Tau Omega house on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in Bloomington, Ind. The team met at the house to do a few last-second tweaks to their bicycles before turning it in for pre-race inspection the next day.

Emanon rider Alex Ray takes a team bicycle for a spin in the basement of the Alpha Tau Omega house on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in Bloomington, Ind. The team met at the house to do a few last-second tweaks to their bicycles before turning it in for pre-race inspection the next day.

Emanon rider Derek Bailey, right, warms up during Little 500 Qualifications on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Emanon rider Derek Bailey, right, warms up during Little 500 Qualifications on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Emanon rider Alex Ray waits to take the track during Little 500 Qualifications on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Emanon rider Alex Ray waits to take the track during Little 500 Qualifications on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Emanon rider Sean Vallely warms up on a stationary bicycle before his Little 500 Individual Time Trial on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Emanon rider Sean Vallely warms up on a stationary bicycle before his Little 500 Individual Time Trial on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Emanon rider Derek Bailey, right, speeds around a corner going downhill during a training ride on Thursday, April 22, 2010, near Bloomington. Bailey, a senior, is the only  Emanon rider with previous race experience.

Emanon rider Derek Bailey, right, speeds around a corner going downhill during a training ride on Thursday, April 22, 2010, near Bloomington. Bailey, a senior, is the only Emanon rider with previous race experience.

Emanon rider Justin Haviar collapses on the ground after making his way back to the turn three side of the infield after his Little 500 Individual Time Trial on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Emanon rider Justin Haviar collapses on the ground after making his way back to the turn three side of the infield after his Little 500 Individual Time Trial on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Fans high-five and attempt to hug Emanon rider Elliot Englert during a race-day send off for the team on Saturday, April 24, 2010, from the Alpha Tau Omega house.

Fans high-five and attempt to hug Emanon rider Elliot Englert during a race-day send off for the team on Saturday, April 24, 2010, from the Alpha Tau Omega house.

Emanon rider Elliot Englert winces as he makes his way though turn two near the team's pit box during the 60th Men's Little 500 on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Emanon rider Elliot Englert winces as he makes his way though turn two near the team's pit box during the 60th Men's Little 500 on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Emanon rider Alex Ray takes a moment to himself sitting on the gutter of the track during pre-race festivities before the start of the 60th Men's Little 500 on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Emanon rider Alex Ray takes a moment to himself sitting on the gutter of the track during pre-race festivities before the start of the 60th Men's Little 500 on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

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