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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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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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Students split on impeachment

By Micah McIntyre, News Editor

10.25.19

For just the third time in American history, an impeachment inquiry has been launched in the U.S. House of Representatives. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi formally announced the start of the inquiry into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine on Sept. 24. Like much else about the Trump presidency, the spectre of impeachment has divided the American people, who await news of the president’s political future as hearings are held in the U.S. Capitol.

To gauge the feelings of Wheaton students, the Record used the forum board and flyers around campus to distribute a short, electronic survey via QR code for any student to freely and anonymously voice their opinions about impeaching President Trump. In the survey, 100 students responded to a series of questions about impeachment, their political leanings and general questions about the impeachment process to test their knowledge of the subject.

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Lawsuit boosts interest in Chicago evangelism

By Melissa Schill, News Reporter

10.25.19

Since four students from the Chicago Evangelism Team (CET) filed suit against the city of Chicago in September, participation in the group’s evangelistic efforts in the city is on the rise.

The lawsuit received attention from national news outlets and politicians across the country, creating ample opportunities for students to share the gospel on public platforms. The four students involved in the lawsuit — sophomores Jeremy Chong, Gabe Emerson, Matt Swart and junior Caeden Hood — were able to profess their faith in an interview on the Tony Perkins radio show, which was streamed to over 300 other radio stations.

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Rare books bolster Buswell archives

By Micah McIntyre, News Editor

10.11.19

Buswell Library’s Special Collections, housed in the Billy Graham Center (BGC) recently acquired over 1,300 volumes of rare books from Chicago’s McCormick Theological Seminary, some of which date as far back as 1572. This new influx of books represents the library’s largest single collection of rare books since the Akin Book Collection, a 4,000 volume collection of British literature was donated by William S. Akin in 1968.

Some of the titles include a first edition of John Calvin’s transcriptions of his sermons on Galatians, a third edition of the Book of Mormon and abolitionist pamphlets.

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Homecoming weekend connects students and alumni

By Madeline Seeland

10.04.19

This weekend the Student Alumni Board (SAB) will welcome hundreds of alumni from across the globe back to campus for this year’s homecoming weekend.

“It’s our biggest SAB event of the year, and it’s right off the bat,” said junior Donovan Gleeson, a current member of SAB. “We get back from [Student Development week] and jump straight into it.” This year the classes of 2014, 2009, 1999, 1994 and 1989 will return to Wheaton for reunions.

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