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Posts published in November 2016

Trump to become the 45th president of the United States

One day after the polls closed with a Donald Trump presidency confirmed, protests broke out in cities and college campuses around the country, including in Chicago, New York, Boston, Seattle and Los Angeles. According to multiple news outlets, protesters shouted expletive-laden chants, gathered outside Trump Towers and blocked a highway in Los…

Next year…?

Thomas Edison once said genius is one percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Well, growing up a Cleveland sports fan is one percent triumph and 99 percent nervous sweat and tears. Anyone familiar with the sports world knows about the 52-year championship drought in “The Land” which ended June 19, 2016…

Curse Broken

Dexter Fowler’s first at bat on Oct. 25 was less eventful than Wednesday night’s. No home run, not even a hit. As the first person in a generation to play a World Series game in a Cubs uniform, Fowler’s at bat would become an unremarkable bit of trivia — well,…

New CCIW champs in town

After years of dominance by North Central, Wheaton women’s cross country finally broke through. In Normal, Ill., the team competed in this year’s CCIW Women’s Cross Country Championship against the rest of the conference and experienced something they haven’t been able to do since 2008. “I really wanted our team…

Thunder prepare for postseason

The Wheaton Thunder women’s volleyball team celebrated two accomplishments this week. First, head coach Brittany Smith — who has been coaching for 12 years — reached a career milestone: her 300th victory at Friday’s game. Second, sophomore Jess Bosse was named CCIW’s Defensive Player of the Week, which was announced…

Offensive outburst for women’s soccer

The cast of “The Wizard of Oz,” the Fruit of the Loom logo, Harambe and his fans and all the characters from “Scooby Doo.” After spending this past weekend celebrating Halloween with their annual costume contest, the Wheaton women’s soccer team got down to business during their past two games…

Preemptive Loving

September 11, 2001: the date alone generates strong reactions — whether of fear, patriotism, hatred or grief — in the minds of nearly all Americans. Fifteen years after the event itself, amid a war on terror and the current fight against ISIS, it’s clear that 9/11 was a pivotal moment…

Dr. Milliner: Bridging academia and pop culture

My interview with Matthew Milliner, Wheaton College’s resident art historian, fell on the first sick day in his five-year career as professor of art history, so he and I conversed through a digital window into his private home — ironic, given that we were talking about his recent recognition as…

In World News: International perspectives on the U.S. presidential election

For some students, the outcome of this election will hold a double meaning — affecting U.S. relations with their home country as well as domestic policy in the U.S., their host country. Candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have discussed their positions on policies ranging from healthcare, to immigration and…

The flags of our students

Anderson Common’s atmosphere has a new flavor — an international flair influenced by 97 countries’ flags prominently lining the cafeteria’s walls, featuring colors from France and Qatar to Singapore and Taiwan. These flags represent the countries of current and past international undergraduates as well as current graduate students. The display…

Composite sketches of Baby Hope’s parents bring new hope to the case

After the discovery of a deceased baby girl in a backpack on August 15th, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office has been searching for her parents, utilizing DNA forensic analysis as a tool to assemble composite sketches of her parents. A landscaper found a backpack on Plamnondon Road in Wheaton, 2.2…

Enjoy, Wheaties

Do you feel that? The electricity in the air? The excitement and anticipation hovering over the city and its outer limits? It’s the World Series and it’s coming to a city near you, Wheaties. On Friday, the Chicago Cubs will return home to the Windy City as they prepare for…

World Series preview: Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians are the underdogs in this year’s World Series, but that doesn’t mean a thing to the players; they’ve been hearing it all year long. Coming into the year, they were expected to finish behind the defending champions, the Kansas City Royals, for the American League Central division.…

World Series preview: Chicago Cubs

This is the year. It’s gonna happen. The Cubs just won the National League pennant for the first time since 1945, breaking a 71-year drought and punching a ticket to the World Series to face the Cleveland Indians in a best-of-seven showdown. When it comes to the Cubs, naysayers love…

Back on the right track

The Wheaton Thunder football team suffered its first loss against North Central College two weeks ago after 27 straight regular season wins, so the team came out with fire this past weekend against the North Park Vikings. With the offense contributing 60 points throughout the entirety of the game, the…

Thunder peaking at the right time

Reaching the playoffs in any sport puts players in a “win and move on, lose and go home” mentality. The Wheaton men’s soccer team, however, has had to utilize this mentality earlier than normal this season. As the Thunder competed in conference play this year, they found themselves in many…

Thunder continue to impress in CCIW play

The Thunder women’s soccer team tied their longest streak of the season with five wins over the past few weeks. Amidst this streak, the Thunder continued their winning ways with two shutouts on Saturday at North Central College and Wednesday against Millikin University. The Thunder emerged victorious in both by…