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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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Former OMD director honored with award

By Carolina Lumetta, News Reporter

10.04.19

On Oct. 3, Rodney Sisco (‘84) was posthumously given the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award for 34 years of dedicated service to the Wheaton community as a friend, colleague and mentor. The inscription on the plaque commended Sisco for “a gentle, affirming presence” and “for consistency and artistry in nurturing diversity and unity among the body of Christ.”

Students, staff and alumni gathered in Coray Gymnasium to remember their friend and colleague and to celebrate his impact on their lives and the lives of countless others during his time at Wheaton.

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Wheaton alum returns to acting

By Carolina Lumetta, News Reporter

09.27.19

If you type “notable Wheaton alumni” in a Google search, you will find the names of influential evangelical leaders such as Jim Elliot, John Piper and Billy Graham appear on your screen. But Wheaton’s notable alumni base has recently expanded to include Piper Curda (‘19), an alumna who stands out as one of the few women of color mentioned in the database.

Curda is an experienced actress and has starred in several TV-shows and films, including the web-series “Just Another Nice Guy” and Disney Channel’s “I Didn’t Do It” and “Teen Beach 2.” After graduating from Wheaton last May with a degree in interpersonal communications, she moved to Los Angeles to resume her acting career.

In an interview with the Record, Curda recounted her days at Wheaton and how those experiences have impacted her career.

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STEM visit day showcases sciences for prospective students

By Melissa Schill, News Reporter

09.27.19

Wheaton College hosted a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) visit day on Thursday, Sept. 26 and Friday, Sept. 27 to give prospective students a closer look at the STEM departments. Students attended STEM classes, stayed overnight with STEM students, toured the Meyer Science Center, listened to panels and attended an interactive open house.

“When prospective students [visit Wheaton], they try to visualize themselves being here, and sometimes that can be really difficult,” Secondary Science Education Coordinator Betsy Leong said. “[The STEM visit day] is really trying to remove that barrier.”

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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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