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ICYMI: Liberty president Jerry Falwell Jr. accused of “self-dealing”

By Micah McIntyre, News Editor

09.13.19

On Monday, Politico Magazine reported that documents obtained from some of Falwell’s personal aides revealed that the controversial college president has created a “culture of self-dealing,” allotting university funds to finance projects that benefit his family and associates.

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ICYMI: Wheaton’s diversity commitment

By Micah McIntyre, News Editor

09.13.19

On Sept. 5, the Wheaton College President’s Office announced the adoption of the Christ-Centered Diversity Commitment, an official statement about the college’s mission to prioritize campus diversity.

Chief Intercultural Engagement Officer Sheila Caldwell spearheaded the creation of the commitment, a process that took 12 months to complete. A statement from the President’s Office said that 27 different academic departments contributed to the formation of the document, which went through 15 iterations before the final draft was approved by the Board of Trustees in July. In a video with President Ryken on the Wheaton website, Caldwell explained how the commitment is rooted in theology.

“Jesus is at the center of everything we do here at Wheaton College,” said Caldwell. “[The commitment] is aligned with our statement of faith as well as our Community Covenant.”

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Wheaton welcomes new profs

By Micah McIntyre, News Editor

09.13.19

Wheaton College has hired 24 new faculty members in 15 different departments and schools for the 2019-2020 academic year. “Every faculty member is hired with the joy and expectation that they will spend their professional careers at Wheaton,” Provost Margaret Diddams wrote in an email interview with the Record. “This group of incoming faculty is no exception. Not only do I believe that they will be blessed by their time at Wheaton but they have already blessed us in their short time here.” Four of the incoming faculty agreed to speak to the Record about their vision and roles for the coming year.

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HDI responds to deadly hurricane

By Melissa Schill, News Reporter

09.13.19

Over the past two weeks, Hurricane Dorian traveled up the East Coast, leaving a trail of destruction in the Bahamas and North Carolina. With widespread evacuations and a rising death count, relief organizations around the world including the Wheaton based Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) are mobilizing to meet the needs of the thousands affected by the storm.

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Paving the way

The highs and lows of first-generation students at Wheaton

By Grace Kenyon, Staff Writer and Jacob Hosier, Features Editor

09.13.19

Sporting Chacos, blue jeans and a Rend Collective crewneck, junior Bible and theology major Darby Stevens may look like a typical Wheaton student — in many ways, she is one. What is extraordinary about Stevens though, is that she is part of an increasing number of students on campus who identify as first-generation college students.

“First-gen students [can] look like anyone,” fellow first-generation student and Wheaton alumnus Christian Ganza (‘19) said. “It’s not just international, it’s not just students of color, it’s not even just poor white people, it can be wealthy students whose parents didn’t go to college and [the students] have to figure [college] out for themselves.”

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New Zealand athletes reconnect at Wheaton

By Cassidy Thornburg, Sports Editor

09.13.19

When Stafford Dowling and David Warbrick met at the 2015 Melbourne Friendship Cup in Australia, they never expected that four years later they would become roommates at Wheaton College. During the tournament, Dowling and Warbrick both played forward for the New Zealand Cross Whites. The Cross Whites fought hard to earn a spot in the championship game, but lost in the final round of the tournament.

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Transfers lead Thunder football to 38-0 victory

By Cassidy Thornburg, Sports Editor

09.13.19

MONMOUTH, IL – Seven starters in the Wheaton Thunder Football team’s first game were either out-of-state transfers or fifth-year seniors. The game was a 38-0 win over Monmouth College. A combination of new and familiar faces elevated the Thunder to a much better start to their season than last year. Coach Mike Swider summed up how he felt about his team’s performance on the road. “To score 38 points is a good thing, and we showed signs of what we can do if we execute. It’s a good day for the Thunder.”

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New OMD director expands vision of diversity on campus

David Cho steps into new role as director of the OMD

By Carolina Lumetta, News Reporter

09.06.19

This fall, David Cho succeeds Rodney Sisco as director of the Office of Multicultural Development (OMD). Cho holds several advanced degrees, including an M.A. in biblical studies from Wheaton’s graduate school. He most recently worked as a tenured professor of English and as director of the American Ethnic Studies program at Hope College.

The Record sat down with Cho to discuss the OMD, his role as its director and what to expect from the office in the coming year.

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New look for Lower Beamer offices

By Micah McIntyre, News Editor

09.07.19

As Wheaton undergoes several major structural improvements and additions across campus, smaller changes are also taking place in the northern offices of Lower Beamer.

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Wheaton welcomes most diverse freshman class

Student leaders see demographic shift as opportunity for growth

By Melissa Schill, News Reporter

08.30.19

The Wheaton College class of 2023 is the most ethnically diverse class the school has welcomed since its founding in 1860. Although specific numbers will not be released until Sept. 10, Chief Enrollment Management Officer Silvio Vazquez reported that minority domestic students make up around 30% of this year’s freshman class, including Latinx, black, Asian, native Pacific Islander, American Indian and students of two or more races.

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