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COVID Cuts Freshman Class by 20%

Wheaton’s admissions numbers declined significantly this fall, with freshman admission falling roughly 20 percent from last year. This mirrors a national trend of decreased enrollment due to COVID-19. Over the past three years, incoming classes have averaged 600 freshmen and around 50 transfers. According to numbers released by the admissions…

Track star weighs in on unexpected end to senior year

By Amelia Sniffin 5.7.20 Favor Ezewuzie had just finished a practice at the Division III Indoor Track Championships in North Carolina in preparation to compete the next day, when head coach Scott Bradley delivered devastating news. All NCAA Winter and Spring Championships were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The…

College loses $5 million in room and board refunds

By Melissa Schill 4.29.20 Student Financial Services (SFS) has refunded students that have moved off campus for all B-quad room and board fees as well as parking pass fees. These refunds amounted to over $5 million. “Yes, it’s a big cash flow hit for the College to lose those dollars,…

This week in news (4/24)

4.24.20 Student Government (SG) passes proposal to request the option to apply a Pass/No Credit designation to coursework completed during the Spring 2020 semester. Faculty vote to approve SG proposal and Provost Margaret Diddams releases official announcement via email. The decision allows students to opt for classes to count toward…

This week in news (4/17)

4.17.20 May 2020 Commencement ceremony has been delayed. Online events will be held for graduates in May, with a possible in-person ceremony to be scheduled during the 2020-21 academic year. First responders are offered housing in 58 vacated campus apartments after the college signs agreement with the City of Wheaton.

Chicago Evangelism Team returns to Millennium Park

By Tennyson Bush After a temporary judicial ruling preventing the city of Chicago from limiting free speech in Millennium Park, Wheaton’s Chicago Evangelism Team (CET) returned to the park on Friday, Feb. 21. Judge John Robert Blakey ruled in a 32-page opinion memorandum that “the City’s restrictions prohibit reasonable forms…

Forum wall prompts petition

Senior accuses SG of censorship By Tennyson Bush and Carolina Lumetta 2.28.2020 On Feb. 19, Senior Class Co-President Joshua Franker posted a laminated notice on the forum wall in Lower Beamer stating that all anonymous posts would be taken down at the end of the day. In response, senior Leo…

New Academic Advising Office to open in B quad

By Melissa Schill 2.28.2020 After being hired in January, three academic advisers are preparing to begin their work with students as part of Wheaton’s new Academic Advising Office (AAO) during the second half of the spring semester. Mandie Porick, Candyce Cabral and James Kim will be providing advising support specifically…

Embracing singleness

By Jacob Hosier 2.14.2020 Wheaton students are bombarded everyday with phrases like “ring by spring,” “date for marriage” and “guard your heart.” What’s peculiar about these messages is that they do not seem to reflect the heartbeat of the student body, who almost unanimously wish for a more casual dating…

Refuge relaunches under Student Care

By Micah McIntyre 2.14.2020 After being disbanded at the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year, Wheaton’s group for students who identify as LGBTQ was re-approved by the administration in January and moved from the Chaplain’s Office to Student Wellness. The new agreement between Refuge student leaders and the administration allows…

Elmhurst partnership aims to equip nursing students

By Melissa Schill 2.14.2020 On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Wheaton College and Elmhurst College signed an agreement giving liberal arts nursing majors the opportunity to receive their bachelor’s degree from Wheaton in three years, then go on to get their master’s degree in nursing from Elmhurst in two years. “I am…

As virus spreads, students urge prayer for Wuhan

By Melissa Schill 2.7.2020 Although the epicenter of the coronavirus is thousands of miles away from Wheaton, for some students and faculty the news of the virus’ rapid spread has hit close to home.

Former professor accused of sexual misconduct

By Tennyson Bush 2.7.2020 On Tuesday, two Wheaton alumnae accused Gilbert Bilezikian, an emeritus professor of New Testament, of sexual harassment in a blog post by Julie Roys (‘87), a popular Christian writer and podcaster who lives in the Greater Chicago area. The alumnae, Donna Ray and Ellie Cowan, studied…

Cartagena and Watts win diversity awards

By Carolina Lumetta 2.7.2020 On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the first annual Rodney Sisco Symposium for Leadership, Diversity and Equity opened with the presentation of the Student Choice Diversity Award to one faculty and one staff member. Chief Intercultural Engagement Officer Sheila Caldwell described the purpose of the award to “celebrate…

Buzzworthy

How four Wheaton women made the cut By Eliana Chow 2.7.2020 Last school year, I started noticing more and more of my female peers on campus getting pixie cuts or buzzing their hair off altogether, and I was interested to know why. What were their motivations? What were they most…

Harsted, Odell finish strong at wrestling invitational

By Cassidy Thornburg 2.7.2020 The Wheaton College Wrestling team hosted the Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational (PWWI) at King’s Arena from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1. The PWWI is unlike any other tournament: not only does it honor the late Pete Willson (‘50) and showcase impressive talent on the mat, it…

King headlines Sisco symposium

By Melissa Schill 1.31.2020 Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural Rodney Sisco Symposium on Feb. 5-6 at Wheaton. “Dr. Bernice King’s keynote is going to be important, instructive, encouraging and challenging,” said Vice President of Student Development Paul…

Richmond band uses call and response to kickstart diversity convo

By Carolina Lumetta 1.31.2020 This semester’s Special Service Chapels, held from Jan. 27-29, featured Arrabon Ministries, a organization based in Richmond, Va. that helps Christian communities with racial reconciliation, and its worship band, Urban Doxology. The band hosted three chapel services, a worship workshop and an evening service at Edman.…

Thunder welcome new head coach

By Cassidy Thornburg 1.31.2020 Jesse Scott was named the new head coach of the Wheaton Thunder football team on Tuesday, Jan. 28. He takes over from Mike Swider, who retired in December.

After Thunder win, team reflects on Bryant’s death

By Cassidy Thornburg 01.31.2020 After the Wheaton women’s basketball team defeated Millikin University 74-61 on Wednesday, sophomore Hannah Swider remembered the life of Kobe Bryant as an inspiration to her own growth as a member of the team. “I spend a lot of time in the gym working on my…

Swim teams travel to Florida

By Amelia Sniffin 01.31.2020 Over Christmas break, the Wheaton Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive teams headed to West Palm Beach, Fla. for their winter training trip. The training trips typically take place every three years in warm locations, allowing the teams to train outdoors. Along with training, the Thunder…

SSB reopens with expanded CVC and bookstore

By Melissa Schill 1.24.2020 The year-and-a-half renovation project in the Student Services Building (SSB) is nearing completion as all departments are scheduled to be moved back in by the end of January. Although the project was officially approved and started in August 2018, campus architect Bruce Koenigsberg began working on…

SG preps students for 2020 election

By Tennyson Bush 1.24.2020 This semester marks the debut of the Student Voter Education (SVE) series, a collaboration between Student Government (SG) and politically involved campus organizations aimed at informing the student body on the hows and whys of civic engagement. The series kicked off on January 15th with a…

Building a safe harbor thousands of miles from home

By Emily Alkire 1.24.2020 When Grace Li, a junior from China, and Joy Chen, a junior from Taiwan, were first-year students, an upperclassman international student invited them over for dumplings and hot pot, two meals that remind Chen of home. “Getting to eat and talk about the foods we eat…

Swider reflects on legacy on and off the field

By Cassidy Thornburg 12.13.19 Head football Coach Mike Swider, following a 12-1 final season record and 24 years of leading the Thunder football program, announced his retirement on Tuesday. Coach Swider played football at Wheaton College and graduated in 1977. He served as the defensive coordinator for 11 seasons immediately…