Rare books bolster Buswell archives

By Micah McIntyre, News Editor

10.11.19

Buswell Library’s Special Collections, housed in the Billy Graham Center (BGC) recently acquired over 1,300 volumes of rare books from Chicago’s McCormick Theological Seminary, some of which date as far back as 1572. This new influx of books represents the library’s largest single collection of rare books since the Akin Book Collection, a 4,000 volume collection of British literature was donated by William S. Akin in 1968.

Some of the titles include a first edition of John Calvin’s transcriptions of his sermons on Galatians, a third edition of the Book of Mormon and abolitionist pamphlets.

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Women’s soccer eyes conference championship

By Amelia Sniffin

10.11.19

The Wheaton Women’s Soccer team is on a four-game winning streak after beating Carroll University 2-0 on Wednesday night. The team moved up to first place in the CCIW rankings after an Illinois Wesleyan scored on themselves 29th minute of Friday night’s game. The victory ended the Titans’ fourgame winning streak and added to Wheaton’s impressive 10-1-1 overall record.

“It was a statement game for us,” said junior Captain Sarah Tomich after the match. “Last year we lost to Illinois Wesleyan in penalty kicks in the conference tournament final. We wanted to show them that we are the better team and prove that we’re the best in the conference.”

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Where’s Waldee?

A student’s journey from Wheaton to Vegas and back

By Melissa Schill

10.11.19

Junior Ben Waldee did not start making music in order to become famous. He and his two childhood friends, Jordan Rys and Noah DeVore, began playing together in their hometown of Erie, Pa. during high school. Although they began recording covers of songs by their favorite artists, like Why Don’t We, PRETTYMUCH, and Post Malone and “just messing around,” they soon progressed to writing and recording their own music. During sophomore year of high school, they decided to give their group a name and make the band official.

When asked to describe Three Guest’s music, Waldee laughed and answered, “I wouldn’t. That used to be my clever answer.” He then compared their music to Blackbear, a singer/songwriter whose wrote Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” a song from 2012 that hit the Billboard Top 100. Rys described Three Guest’s music as alternative R&B with some elements of pop for the sake of larger audience appeal.

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Homecoming weekend connects students and alumni

By Madeline Seeland

10.04.19

This weekend the Student Alumni Board (SAB) will welcome hundreds of alumni from across the globe back to campus for this year’s homecoming weekend.

“It’s our biggest SAB event of the year, and it’s right off the bat,” said junior Donovan Gleeson, a current member of SAB. “We get back from [Student Development week] and jump straight into it.” This year the classes of 2014, 2009, 1999, 1994 and 1989 will return to Wheaton for reunions.

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Former OMD director honored with award

By Carolina Lumetta, News Reporter

10.04.19

On Oct. 3, Rodney Sisco (‘84) was posthumously given the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award for 34 years of dedicated service to the Wheaton community as a friend, colleague and mentor. The inscription on the plaque commended Sisco for “a gentle, affirming presence” and “for consistency and artistry in nurturing diversity and unity among the body of Christ.”

Students, staff and alumni gathered in Coray Gymnasium to remember their friend and colleague and to celebrate his impact on their lives and the lives of countless others during his time at Wheaton.

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Bringing Middle-Earth to Lower Beamer

An inside look at the Tolkien Society’s creative writing group

By Hannah Pugh

10.04.19

When I arrive at my first WhInklings meeting, the Stupe table has an array of pineapple chunks, watermelon and carrot cake, and is adorned with pink flowers and a “Reserved” sign on a silver pedestal in the corner. “WhInklings” stands for the Wheaton Inklings, named in honor of the famous literary discussion group which included writers such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Hugo Dyson. Originally an extension of the Wheaton Tolkien Society, the group not only exists for its members to appreciate Tolkien’s work but to also experience his writing process hands-on.

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A brief history of Bell Week

By Cassidy Thornburg, Sports Editor

10.04.19

MCCULLY STADIUM — If you haven’t followed Wheaton football for an entire season, you may be unfamiliar with the Wheaton Thunder vs. North Central Cardinals football rivalry — a rivalry almost 170 years in the making.

It began in the early 1800s, when the cities of Wheaton and Naperville couldn’t settle on where the DuPage County Courthouse would be located. Wheaton residents raided the courthouse one night and left with important documents and a little brass bell — a symbol of revolt. Years later, the bell resurfaced on a farm located between the two cities. The farm owner passed away, and the bell was inherited by one of his sons who attended North Central. The younger and somewhat disgruntled son went to Wheaton College. Through friendly night raids and college shenanigans, the bell was passed back and forth between the two schools. Out of that sibling rivalry, the Wheaton Thunder vs. North Central Cardinals football rivalry emerged.

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In Argentina, HNGR intern finds hope in brokenness

By Jonathan Mullins

09.27.19

Brokenness Inside

One of the beautifully terrifying parts of living alone abroad for six months is getting to know myself much more intimately than I could have imagined. In a cross-cultural, cross-lingual, cross-generational, cross-youname-it environment, I have more to process than I have ever had, and I am further than I have ever been from the communities who know me and speak my language. The truth is, there’s been a lot of soul-searching, a lot of opening up my heart and mind to see what’s inside. I’m constantly pondering why I react to my circumstances the way that I do and why I am the way that I am.

More often than not, I’m faced with my own overwhelming brokenness. Who am I that I should be included in the kingdom of God?

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Wheaton alum returns to acting

By Carolina Lumetta, News Reporter

09.27.19

If you type “notable Wheaton alumni” in a Google search, you will find the names of influential evangelical leaders such as Jim Elliot, John Piper and Billy Graham appear on your screen. But Wheaton’s notable alumni base has recently expanded to include Piper Curda (‘19), an alumna who stands out as one of the few women of color mentioned in the database.

Curda is an experienced actress and has starred in several TV-shows and films, including the web-series “Just Another Nice Guy” and Disney Channel’s “I Didn’t Do It” and “Teen Beach 2.” After graduating from Wheaton last May with a degree in interpersonal communications, she moved to Los Angeles to resume her acting career.

In an interview with the Record, Curda recounted her days at Wheaton and how those experiences have impacted her career.

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STEM visit day showcases sciences for prospective students

By Melissa Schill, News Reporter

09.27.19

Wheaton College hosted a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) visit day on Thursday, Sept. 26 and Friday, Sept. 27 to give prospective students a closer look at the STEM departments. Students attended STEM classes, stayed overnight with STEM students, toured the Meyer Science Center, listened to panels and attended an interactive open house.

“When prospective students [visit Wheaton], they try to visualize themselves being here, and sometimes that can be really difficult,” Secondary Science Education Coordinator Betsy Leong said. “[The STEM visit day] is really trying to remove that barrier.”

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