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Posts published in February 2016

Julie Rodgers speaks publicly for first time since summer

Julie Rodgers, the former ministry associate for spiritual care at Wheaton College’s chaplain’s office, wrote an article for Time Ideas, published online on Feb. 23, in which she reflected on her resignation from the college.

Once upon a Wheaton wedding…

It turns out that the “ring by spring” culture we know so well has historical roots here at Wheaton. According the the Wheaton Alumni and Parent Engagement Association, there are a total of 44,595 living undergraduate and graduate school alumni and out of that number, 5,319 are alumni couples.

Valiant effort falls short on senior night

The Wheaton men’s basketball team have experienced an abundance of challenges during their 2015-2016 campaign. After recently wrapping up their season, the team finished the year with an unexceptional record of 5-20 overall and 1-13 in CCIW play. The season was not a complete disappointment, though, as the Thunder are grateful for the learning experience.

Thunder win CCIW regular season

Wheaton’s nationally ranked #18 women’s basketball team clinched their second consecutive CCIW championship, and eighth in program history, after a victory over Augustana this past Saturday by a score of 67-57.

Right hand man

Today, the only way to climb the coaching ladder is by tediously upgrading from one coaching position to the next. If they’re lucky, by the 10th year of coaching or so, the coach might be able to make it up to the DI level of play. But if the coach doesn’t have the necessary experience playing at the DI level, it’s exponentially more difficult to coach DI basketball.

Wrestling just misses CCIW Championship

While the winter sports season may be winding to a close, the best wrestling of the season has just begun. The Thunder competed in their first championship meet of the season as they traveled to Augustana for the CCIW championships this past Saturday.

Flourish takes top prize at Shark Tank

Last Thursday Feb. 18, senior Mary Elizabeth Goodell took first place in Wheaton’s annual Shark Tank competition. Goodell won $3,000, as well as a full ride scholarship to Praxis Entrepreneurship Academy in L.A. this summer.

Chapel prank descends on town hall chapel

As far as we know, the first chapel prank of this school year took place on Feb. 22 during our annual town hall chapel. Sophomore Caleb Krumsieg initiated the prank by telling President Philip Ryken he had a question regarding Mark 2, the story of a paralyzed man who was lowered through a roof by his friends.

Overstressed, overloaded, over 18 credits

Wheaton College requires its undergraduate students to earn at least 124 credits in order to graduate. This translates to students having to take 15.5 credits a semester in order to graduate on time, but some students find themselves with a credit load well beyond that average.

The cost of freedom

“Where am I? Why are my eyes covered? Where is my wife? My family?” Bunga Bola Paulin, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, said that he hopes no one ever has to ask those questions — ones he found himself asking.

Lecrae’s Higher Learning tour rocks Wheaton College campus

Two-time Grammy winning artist Lecrae visited Wheaton College last Friday, Feb. 19, for a chapel address and a concert as a part of his 2016 Higher Learning Tour. Wheaton was the seventh stop on his tour of 36 cities across the United States.

Swimming team finds its stroke

This past weekend, the men’s and women’s swim teams competed in the CCIW Championship meet. Both teams performed incredibly well as the men placed third and the women finished first for the 19th straight season. Both teams had several exceptional individual and group performances and broke multiple records in the process.

Women’s basketball shows no mercy

The Wheaton Thunder women’s basketball team is an exceptional group of players, competing with confidence as they finish their regular season in stride for the postseason.

Randy Pfund

Wheaton College’s rich history in education and athletics attracted prospective students to the school for over a hundred years. The only problem with so many historic events surrounding the school is that stories often slip through the hands of those who are supposed to pass them on to the next generation.

Another game, another loss

Campus-wide, it is well understood that the Wheaton men’s basketball team has had a rough season. Due to a combination of numerous factors, the Thunder has struggled to put together complete games, leading to a record of 5-19 on the season and 1-12 in the CCIW.

The man behind the scene

Josh Garrels and John Mark McMillian were all over my Snapchat and Instagram feed on that Saturday night of Jan. 31. And now that most of the Pres Ball talk is over, Lecrae is all I hear talked about. Of course, I have heard of Lecrae and Josh Garrels — most people have, especially at Wheaton.

The Spitfire Grill sizzles

Wheaton College’s Arena Theater will perform The Spitfire Grill, a musical that depicts the journey of a young woman recently released from prison as she tries to start a new life, for the first time on Thursday.

Wheaton welcomes Year of the Monkey

Coray Alumni Gymnasium burst with students and a handful of faculty, including President Philip Ryken, as they rang in the Year of the Monkey on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Exclusive interview with Lecrae

Lecrae, two-time Grammy award winning artist, is bringing his “Higher Learning Tour” to Wheaton College on Friday, Feb. 19. The talented chart-topping hip-hop artist, who recently released his latest album, “Church Clothes 3,” uses his platform as a way to speak truth in a world where truth can be hard to come across. According to Billboard, “For the typical music fan, his hard demeanor and crunk beats might belie what his lyrics are really about: his adoration for Jesus Christ.” This unashamed artist influences people worldwide and Wheaton College is excited to welcome Lecrae to campus. As you anxiously wait for his arrival, check out the exclusive interview The Wheaton Record had with Lecrae about who he is as an artist

Seeking reconciliation

President Philip Ryken informed students via email last Saturday that associate professor of political science Larycia Hawkins will “part ways” with Wheaton College.

Diving into championship success

Diving is not a sport that is meant to be effortless, painless or uncomplicated. When divers step onto a board, they must be composed and focused for their next descent to the water.

Thunder women Win4Kay

In the midst of a heated race for first place in the CCIW, the nationally ranked #20 Thunder women’s basketball team showed their support for women’s breast cancer by hosting their annual Play4Kay night on Saturday, Feb. 6.