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Strong start for men’s soccer

By Abram Erickson

09.27.19

Following an impressive 1-0 double-overtime win over Lake Forest College on Tuesday night, the number 19-ranked Wheaton Thunder Men’s Soccer team has improved to 6-2-1 on the season and looks strong headed into their upcoming conference schedule.

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Students file suit against city, citing freedom of speech

By Bethany Peterson

09.20.19

Four Wheaton students are suing the city of Chicago for infringing on their constitutional right to preach openly in Millennium Park. During a press conference on Wednesday morning in front of the iconic bean-shaped statue, sophomores Jeremy Chong, Gabriel Emerson and Matt Swart and junior Caeden Hood gathered around their attorney, John Mauck, who announced their intention to seek a preliminary injunction to prevent the city from enforcing new ordinances restricting “free speech” in the park.

Signed into effect by Commissioner Mark Kelly in April of 2019, these ordinances divide Millennium Park into eleven outdoor “rooms.” The ordinances also prohibit the “making of speeches and passing out of written communications” in all but one room — “Wrigley Square and Millennium Park Monument” — and public sidewalks. “It seems as if they’re trying to push us out of the park by putting us in the corner of the park [where] the least people are,” said Hood.

These restrictions are part of an ongoing conflict between the students and the city that began last December.

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A first for Unidad swiftly followed by controversy

By Charles Hermesmann, Managing Editor

09.20.19

Almost a week after Latinx student leaders from Wheaton College’s Unidad club hosted their first-ever chapel service in Edman, students are still grappling with the fallout of a controversial social media post about the historic event.

Not long after students were dismissed from Unidad’s chapel on Monday, news quickly spread of an image posted on the “Wheaton College Chapel Memes” Instagram account. The post contained a picture of eight Unidad students and faculty advisor Nathan Cartagena onstage with the words “our suffering servants” typed in bold across the bottom. The caption read, “Obviously the most oppressed people at this school would get thunderous applause from half the school for saying their name” and included the hashtags “#wedontjustmowlawns” and “#dontspeakspanish.”

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Freshman class elects co-presidents

By Carolina Lumetta, News Reporter

09.20.19

On Thursday, Sept. 12, the freshman class elected Amelia Miller and Elijah Owens to represent them as council co-presidents in Wheaton’s Student Government (SG) by a ranked vote.

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Late night at Los

By Katy Coley, Associate Editor

09.20.19

A neon “open” sign lights up the unassuming storefront, located between an auto shop and a drugstore. In the midst of the steady stream of cars zooming along Roosevelt Road, Los Burritos Tapatios would be easy to miss, but for many Wheaton students, there is much more to be enjoyed at the restaurant than the “Tacos Tortillas Burritos” advertised in black-block letters above the door.

As soon as I stepped across the threshold, the smell of the steak and chorizo sizzling behind the service counter washed over me. It’s a small space with the wooden tables assembled in the front, but at 10 p.m. on a Thursday, there wasn’t much of a crowd. Tucked behind a heap of peppermints was a to-go cup stuffed with dollar bills. Glass bottles of Jarritos in every color lined the counter, directing my attention to the mountain of chip baskets under a heat lamp on the end. It was clear staff would be expecting many more customers before closing time at 2 a.m.

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From barre to BITH

By Cassidy Thornburg, Sports Editor

09.20.19

For most students, coming to Wheaton College means graduating high school and leaving home, a major transition. For transfer Anna Edwards, the transition was even greater. It meant hanging up her ballet shoes and packing up a life she had built for herself in Dallas as a professional dancer.

Sitting in Wheaton’s Kilby House with her hair tied back, black rimmed glasses framing her brown eyes and legs crossed beneath her, Edwards explained how she ended coming to Wheaton at age 23 despite having never visited the campus and having no personal connections. “I prayed about it a lot,” she said. “I felt like the Lord just made it really clear that this is where he wanted me to be.”

Making the decision to come to Wheaton meant giving up competitive dance which had been a constant in Edward’s life for about 14 years.

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After seven years off the field, grad student returns to football

By Cassidy Thornburg, Sports Editor

09.20.19

At 5 a.m., with every intention of not waking up 10 9-year-old campers, Bert McJunkin shuffled out of a newly built wood cabin, cautiously placing his feet so the boards won’t squeak. On a weekday morning at K1, a Kanakuk Sports Kamp in Branson, Missouri, the grounds were quiet and barely lit by a peaking sun in the distance.

The 6’2” wide receiver crossed the stretch of P-gravel from his cabin to the little gym located beneath the dining hall. He opened up the equipment room and got to work. While the rest of camp slept, McJunkin was in the weight room. Why? The desire to compete that drives almost every Wheaton football player. It’s a new title for the 24-year-old Texas boy, but it’s one he’s been preparing for all summer.

After staying committed to his summer lifts and workouts despite long days at Kanakuk, McJunkin immediately jumped into training camp, mid-August. His story is different than many of the 19 to 22-year-olds who take the field in McCully Stadium beside him, still in their undergraduate years.

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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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