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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 issues unfold first-hand, understanding the information and personally knowing the teachers who were involved,” said senior Jordan Wyatt, who works as a 4th grade student teacher at Grover Cleveland Elementary School. “Issues that had been negotiated for years were resolved in weeks.”

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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 and respected evangelical scholar. Her books include “Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me” and “On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Literature.” Prior’s essays have been featured in Christianity Today, the Atlantic and the Washington Post. Next fall, Prior will join the faculty at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina. The Record sat down with Prior to discuss her work in the classroom, on stage and in every medium in between.

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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 the executive vice president (EVP) of the Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) on Student Government (SG) this year, a position that enables her to provide education, policy and programming toward sustainable efforts on campus, such as streamlining campus recycling and decreasing plastic straw usage. The role is fairly new, with this being only its second year as an elected SG position. When asked why she wanted the position, Cumings said, “Students at Wheaton don’t really know what sustainability is and they don’t know how to engage with it. I want to give students that opportunity should they choose to pursue it.”

The CSC was created as part of a new wave of conservation efforts happening at Wheaton. Junior Leilani Lu shared her excitement for numerous sustainability initiatives that have yet to take hold at Wheaton. One of those initiatives is a sustainability certificate. Lu said the certificate “will give students who are not environmental science majors the opportunity to engage [in sustainability efforts].” In order to complete the certificate, students would spend two months at the Wheaton College Science Station in the Black Hills and complete environment-based courses on campus. This would provide them with a solid foundation for understanding how to best care for the environment. Professor of Environmental Science Chris Keil said that “potential projects [at the science station] include sustainable forest management, solar energy, restoration of native species in station meadows and sustainable water management practices.” The proposal for the certificate was submitted to the administration last month and is awaiting approval.

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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, who was cut from the Cardinals’ regular season roster, joined the Wheaton Thunder Sports Network live broadcast during a Thunder football home game for a quick interview to share about his summer with the Cardinals. Here are our five key takeaways.

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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.

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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 Vikings 9-0 and earn the program’s 21st CCIW Championship with an undefeated conference record (8-0). Blake’s goal Saturday night marked her fourth of the season, a feat for anyone, but especially for someone who was in a wheelchair just six months before.

“Hip arthroscopy,” women’s head soccer trainer Mark Demchak said as he stretched Blake out on the training table after a practice session. That was the name of the surgery Blake had after tearing her labrum last semester — the soft cartilage that surrounds the hip socket. “It was more of a timing thing,” Demchak said. “She tore both sides, so she would have needed to have both done eventually, they just decided to fix them at the same time — fairly typical.”

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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 (SG) as junior class co-president. Rice and Doci have decided that the club will be on hiatus until other student leaders can commit more time to it.

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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 in the Politics and International Relations Department held an informational session outlining the impeachment process and its ramifications. Professor of Political Science Amy Black returned from sabbatical to explain the impeachment process, saying that President Trump’s situation is unique.

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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.

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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 allowed the center to offer more hours of service to more students. As of now, 277 Wheaton students have received on-campus counseling compared to 246 students at this time last fall.

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