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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 same period.

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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 the decrease in numbers is due to increased busyness and changing attitudes toward off-campus ministry among Wheaton students.

The CSC, which operates out of the Office of Christian Outreach (OCO), offers students weekly and one-time volunteer opportunities, such as tutoring and evangelism, in Wheaton and the Chicago area.

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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 country.

Wright has visited Wheaton in the past to speak in chapel and at conferences on-campus. According to Zondervan Academic’s website, his latest book focuses on the context of first-century Christianity.

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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 the antics of college youth a casual observer is certain to encounter the presence of individuals significantly younger than your average Wheaton student. Dragged along, stuffed animals in tow, because of sick days, half-days or sudden changes in plans, the children of faculty possess a unique perspective of the school, its students and of course, Professor Mom or Dad. They speak without filter and provide imaginative depictions of college life.

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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 the final four round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament — their first visit since the 1950’s. To get them to the final four, senior guard Aston Francis broke two records. He scored a season-high 62 points to break the Division III Tournament single game scoring record. Then, he scored a total of 1,052 points, to reach another benchmark — the Division III single season scoring record. In the end, the Thunder lost in the semi-final round to the tournament champions, UW-Oshkosh.

As the Thunder turn the page and enter a new season, they are doing so without some key players, including Francis — the 2019 winner of the Jostens Trophy and the Bevo Francis Award. But Head Coach Mike Schauer is adapting his game plan to match his roster.

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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 emphasizes daily at practice the importance of protecting the basket. Last year the Thunder led the conference in scoring defense. The Thunder held their competitors to 32.5 field goal percentage (FG%), averaged nine blocked shots a game — another conference high — and swiped the glass more than most of the teams in their conference, averaging about 30 defensive rebounds a game. However, since last year the Thunder have lost 6’2” forward Devin Kyler, who excelled in blocking and defensive rebounds.

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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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