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Posts published in November 2019

Increase in international exchange bucks US trends

By Melissa Schill 11.15.19 Of the 2,395 undergraduate students studying at Wheaton, 88 are international students, representing 23 different countries. This number, which has increased over the past three years, puts Wheaton at odds with national trends, which according to Inside Higher Ed have been on the decline over the…

CSC head makes sense of shift in student volunteering

By Carolina Lumetta 11.15.19 Although the number of Wheaton students volunteering through the Christian Service Council (CSC) has increased slightly in the last 10 years, there is still much less participation than in the organization’s recent history. Assistant Director of School Year Programs Jared Falkanger, who oversees the CSC, thinks…

New Testament scholar promotes latest book

By Micah McIntyre 11.15.19 On Nov. 19, Wheaton will welcome two of the most recognized biblical scholars working today: NT Wright and Michael F. Bird. To promote their latest book, “The New Testament in its World,” Bird and Wright are touring the United States and attending speaking engagements around the…

The good life according to Wheaton kids

By Emily Nordhausen 11.15.19 Sitting in Lower Beamer for any amount of time, one is presented with a fascinating cross-section of humanity. Students bolting through in pajamas for the 9:20 class they overslept, sipping coffee with professors or arguing over group projects present a wide array of personalities. But amid…

After Francis, men’s team regroups

By Cassidy Thornburg 11.15.19 The words “Thunder Struck” decorated orange t-shirts worn by fans in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum last March 15. During Wheaton College’s spring break, rows of fans still managed to make it out to the “Summit City” to support the Wheaton Men’s Basketball team in…

Women’s basketball looks to defend title

By Cassidy Thornburg 11.15.19 After claiming their fourth conference title in the past five years, the Wheaton Women’s Basketball team is looking to continue their streak in the 2019-20 season. Here are some storylines to keep your eye on as the season unfolds. “Defense wins games” Head Coach Kent Madsen…

Student teachers take lessons from Chicago strike

By Melissa Schill 11.9.19 A week after Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers returned to their classrooms following an 11-day strike, Wheaton College student teachers are reflecting on the gains and losses of one of the most consequential events in the history of Chicago schools. “It was interesting to see these…

Karen Swallow Prior still believes in books

By Micah McIntyre 11.9.19 Although the weather has been much colder in Wheaton this week than at her home in rural Virginia, Karen Swallow Prior braved the elements to deliver this year’s Staley Series in chapel. Prior is a professor of English at Liberty University and is an established author…

Caring for creation: Students promote green practices on campus

By Emily Alkire 11.9.19 It’s a brisk, fall morning when Averi Cumings settles onto her couch and hands me a venti vanilla latte. She’s just finished her 5 a.m. shift at the Downtown Wheaton Starbucks where she works as a barista. Cumings, a senior majoring in applied health science, is…

No regrets: Tyler Sigler looks back on his head-spinning summer

By Cassidy Thornburg 11.9.19 This past summer, former Thunder defensive-back Tyler Sigler practiced through training camp and signed a preseason contract with the Arizona Cardinals. During his four preseason games, Sigler recorded nine total tackles and had a notable pick off against the Chargers, returning it for 52 yards. Sigler,…

Cross country teams head into final stretch

By Amelia Sniffin 11.9.19 Women’s Race Last Saturday, the Wheaton Women’s Cross Country team traveled to Rock Island, Ill. to compete in the 2019 CCIW Conference Championship. Despite remarkably cold temperatures, the Thunder took first place, capturing the program’s fourth straight conference title.

Midfielder rallies after surgery

By Cassidy Thornburg 11.8.19 JOE BEAN STADIUM — On Saturday, Nov. 2, junior center-midfielder Carney Blake kick-started the Thunder’s momentum coming out of halftime with a goal from the top of the box that put the Thunder up 3-0 over North Park University. The Thunder went on to shutout the…

College Dems disband due to lack of student interest

By Carolina Lumetta 11.1.19 After reorganizing just last school year, the Wheaton College chapter of the College Democrats of America has not returned as a student organization for the fall semester. Junior Amy Rice, who founded the group last fall with her classmate Aaron Doci, currently serves on Student Government…

Campus continues to debate impeachment

By Carolina Lumetta 11.1.19 Last week the Record published results from a survey gauging student opinions about impeaching President Trump. The Record also spoke with faculty members and students in light of the survey. The potential impeachment has sparked conversation between students and professors on campus. On Oct. 8, faculty…

Faculty adopt resolution condemning chapel meme

By Micah McIntyre At the first faculty business meeting following the controversial posting of a meme about the chapel led by Unidad on Sept. 16, the Wheaton College faculty unanimously voted to pass a resolution in support of Unidad and Latinx students on campus.

Counseling center grapples with rising demand for services

By Melissa Schill 11.1.19 To meet Wheaton’s increasing student demand for counseling services, the counseling center has hired new staff members and a new director, Karen Hurula. Hurula is assuming the role after former director Toussaint Whetstone was appointed interim Dean of Counseling and Wellness. Having additional staff members has…

“Not something to be afraid of anymore”

Wheaton students weigh in on Halloween By Hannah Pugh 11.1.19 Rather than going trick-or-treating or attending costume parties on Halloween, junior Anna Edwards and her family went to “Hallelujah parties” at their church growing up. “We weren’t allowed to dress up as anything scary,” she said. “We just had big…

Football, family and fortitude

Corey Kennedy comes full circle By Cassidy Thornburg 11.1.19 This past summer at a baseball park in California some 2,000 miles from Wheaton, I met Andrew Stout, a right-handed pitcher for Concordia University Irvine. When I mentioned Wheaton College, Stout lit up. It turned out he had played high school…

Schmidt applauds volleyball seniors

By Cassidy Thornburg 11.1.19 Cassie Swiderek “She has risen to the occasion.” After practice one day in October, senior captain Cassie Swiderek shared that one of the things volleyball has taught her is “how to prioritize time and people,” something Coach Stephanie Schmidt believes comes naturally to her.