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Athlete Spotlight: Drew Engelking

By Maggie Frankie

04.25.19

Senior Drew Engelking is Wheaton’s number one golfer on the men’s team this year. After growing up in Minnesota, Engelking found his way to Wheaton looking for an opportunity to play golf and be a part of a Christian community.

“Only my uncle came to Wheaton,” Engelking said, “but I’ve always known that Wheaton is a great school. I took a visit back in my junior year of high school and got to spend a little time with the golf team, and I immediately fell in love with the place.”

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“Forced to define yourself.”

Three students’ quest for identity

“For Christ and His Kingdom”: Wheaton’s motto captures an image of a diverse, missional community, and the student body enacts that mission. This week I had the opportunity to interview three fellow students who are each engaging in a unique combination of studies. Through their experiences of changing majors, integrating new areas of study and focusing their academics with an eye for their one-of-a-kind vocations, these students articulate what it means to learn and ask questions in pursuit of individuality.

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#MyWheaton Days replace connection

By Micah McIntyre

04.25.19

For the second time this semester, prospective Wheaton students from across the country converged on campus on April 14-15 as a part of the new #mywheaton Days program.

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Wheaton faculty aim to fill gap in science education

By Melissa Schill

04.25.19

New textbook connects scientific theories with scriptural knowledge

Five Wheaton professors have co-authored a groundbreaking textbook that integrates a variety of academic disciplines to connect scientific theories of origin with scripture. The book, “Understanding Scientific Theories of Origin: Cosmology, Geology, and Biology in Christian Perspective,” is the first college-level resource to approach the topic in a comprehensive way, including mainstream scientific theories in fields such as astronomy, cosmology, chemistry, geology, biology, physical anthropology and genetics, as well as biblical and theological studies. It has been assigned as reading in several classes on campus this semester.

“The book to me has been a theologically saturated science textbook — something that, in my experience, has escaped my classroom until college,” senior Jacqui Felcan said in an email exchange with the Record. “The book thoroughly and robustly reintegrates theology and scientific inquiry, which a lot of us have learned to separate.” Felcan is reading the textbook for her Physics Senior Seminar.  

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Throwing cancer a curveball

How Team Impact provided the Wheaton Women’s Softball team with their youngest player

By Grace Kenyon

04.18.19

Sports are about facing adversity. Athletes persevere through physical challenges, grueling training and personal limitations, always pushing themselves. Confronting the frustrations of competition and learning how to work together is part of the daily routine for an athlete. They may even have to deal with injuries that threaten to end seasons or even careers. This year, some Wheaton College athletes have had the opportunity to learn from someone who has faced enough physical adversity for a lifetime.

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Trump names Wheaton alum for diplomatic post

By Micah McIntyre

04.18.19

Morse H. Tan, who received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wheaton, nominated for State Department post.

On April 5, the White House announced that President Trump nominated Wheaton College alumnus Morse H. Tan to be the next ambassador at large for global criminal justice.

The role of the Office of Global Criminal Justice is to advise the Secretary of State “on issues related to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. According to the State Department’s website, the office also crafts policy solutions to mass atrocities around the world.

Before practicing law, Tan received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton in 1997 and his master’s degree the following year. While here at Wheaton, he played tennis and wrote for the Record. Following his graduation, he attended the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and specialized in international law.

In addition to being an expert in international law, Tan is considered an expert on North Korea and consistently gives lectures about the subject. In the past he has advised ambassadors and state department officials and his work has been used by the US Assistant Secretary of State and the United Nations Commission of Inquiry. Tan’s faculty page, on Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Law’s website, says that he is fluent in Korean and Spanish, and speaks some Chinese. Tan is currently a professor of law at NIU.

The Record contacted Tan for a quote. He refrained, saying that until his confirmation hearing, he has been advised by the White House to refrain from talking to the media.

Two professors awarded Fullbrights

Dr. Stolze and Dr. Barger will spend the spring 2020 semester in Indonesia and Thailand respectively.

In March, Associate Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management Hannah Stolze and Assistant Professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pam Barger were presented with Fulbright awards for the spring 2020 semester.

The Fulbright program offers scholars the opportunity to teach and do research abroad. The Record sat down with these professors to discuss the award and their hopes for the program.

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Track and Field teams place in top 5 at Wheaton Invite

By Rebekah McGee 04.11.19

Wheaton’s Track and Field Invitational on April 6 featured many impressive performances by Wheaton students. The Wheaton Women’s Track team racked up 113 points and a third place overall out of 13 teams. Similarly, the Wheaton Men’s Track team earned 78.5 points and landed in fourth place out of 10 men’s teams. After the meet, junior Favor Ezewuzie was named the CCIW National Athlete of the Week due to her victory in five events.

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Nothing is madder than March

By Maggie Franke

04.11.19

Anyone who is semi-interested in basketball knows that March has been “mad” since the mid-1900s. While many people watch March Madness to cheer on their alma mater or the college they currently attend, many others un-connected to a specific school still tune in because, in all honesty, it’s just entertaining.

During this year’s tournament, I heard many people complain about the fact that big name teams like Duke and UNC were not in the the Final Four. However, I would argue that this situation is what makes March Madness so unique.

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In case you missed it: Black Hole

By Benjamin Hess

04.11.19

On April 10, the first ever image of a black hole was released by Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration (ETH), a group of over 200 scientists from across the globe who worked together to create a virtual Earth-sized telescope.  It might seem strange that scientists have only just now managed to achieve this feat, but it is surprisingly difficult to photograph something that is 500 million trillion kilometers away. Not to mention the black hole in question is three million times larger than Earth.

This monumental achievement resulted from eight telescopes positioned around the globe working in tandem. Scientists essentially created an Earth-sized telescope powerful enough to resolve a clear image of the black hole, a feat which could revolutionize our knowledge of astrophysics as it enables us to gather more precise images and data than ever before.

A black hole is an object in space that is so large and dense that nothing can escape its gravitational pull — not even light. The point at which light can no longer escape is called the event horizon, from which ETH takes its name.  

Far more than causing entertainment, the image confirms what theoretical models predicted  black holes would look like, including the strange, bright penumbra surrounding them. In addition, the electromagnetic waves that were captured to produce the image provides important information for future research as scientists try to answer questions about these powerful giants, such as how the bright rings form and what happens when something enters a black hole.