“Not something to be afraid of anymore”

Wheaton students weigh in on Halloween

By Hannah Pugh

11.1.19

Rather than going trick-or-treating or attending costume parties on Halloween, junior Anna Edwards and her family went to “Hallelujah parties” at their church growing up. “We weren’t allowed to dress up as anything scary,” she said. “We just had big blow-ups and candy.”

Edwards’ experience with Halloween is not uncommon at Wheaton. Christian approaches to the holiday often encourage families to celebrate fall festivities rather than engage with neighbors outside of their church community through trick-or-treating.

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Football, family and fortitude

Corey Kennedy comes full circle

By Cassidy Thornburg

11.1.19

This past summer at a baseball park in California some 2,000 miles from Wheaton, I met Andrew Stout, a right-handed pitcher for Concordia University Irvine. When I mentioned Wheaton College, Stout lit up. It turned out he had played high school baseball in Aurora, Ill. with Wheaton safety Corey Kennedy.

Though Stout hadn’t seen or spoken to him in years he praised Kennedy. Shaking his head, Stout told me, “He was one of the hardest workers, especially given his size, and a great person. Corey never put people down and hoped the best for everyone.” Stout’s admiration of Kennedy goes to show the determination the Wheaton football transfer and now senior captain has carried with him into the many places the Lord has led him.

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Schmidt applauds volleyball seniors

By Cassidy Thornburg

11.1.19

Cassie Swiderek

“She has risen to the occasion.”

After practice one day in October, senior captain Cassie Swiderek shared that one of the things volleyball has taught her is “how to prioritize time and people,” something Coach Stephanie Schmidt believes comes naturally to her.

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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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Waking up every day to love

A HNGR dispatch from Senegal

By Hannah Sanders

10.25.19

Last spring, I sat in Dr. Milliner’s office to discuss my paper topic for his “Mary, Mother of God” seminar. After sharing mixed emotions regarding my upcoming HNGR internship in Senegal and placement with a Muslim host family, he shared with me deep wisdom from Thomas Merton:

“It is my belief that we should not be too sure of having found Christ in ourselves until we have found himself also in a part of humanity that is most remote from our own.”

In recent months, this quote has become poignant as I have encountered, been welcomed into and slowly become part of a society different from the one that sent me. Linguère, the small town in rural Senegal where I live, is far removed from any other place I’ve experienced. Of course, there are ostensible differences which have brought excitement and wonder, pain and exhaustion. For the first three months, I was the only person with white skin living in my town. I am the only Christian in my host home and one of very few in the community. I do not speak any of their languages well and am clearly a foreigner, which the kids playing on the street remind me too often.

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Thunder defeat Vikings in turnaround title run

By Cassidy Thornburg, Sports Editor

10.25.19

After losing to Augustana College by one point the week before, the Thunder came back and beat the Vikings by one point on Oct. 19. The victory marked the program’s 22nd conference title.

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Alum cracks top 100 at Chicago Marathon

By Grant Alexander

10.25.19

One of the busiest times of the year for the Windy City aligns with the transition to fall in mid-October — the running of the Chicago Marathon. This year on Oct. 13, one of the largest races in the world featured several Wheaton alumni who were joined downtown by current Wheaton students taking the 5:12 a.m. train to show their support. Much of the city shut down for the race, and 45,000 people from over 100 countries ran 26.2 miles. Cheering them on were 1.7 million friends, family members and fellow running enthusiasts.

The numbers may come as a surprise — who wants to run 26.2 miles early in the morning? However, this long-distance event is one of the most popular races in the world. Since 2000, the number of runners in the Chicago Marathon has increased from about 27,000 to over 45,000.

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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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Women’s soccer eyes conference championship

By Amelia Sniffin

10.11.19

The Wheaton Women’s Soccer team is on a four-game winning streak after beating Carroll University 2-0 on Wednesday night. The team moved up to first place in the CCIW rankings after an Illinois Wesleyan scored on themselves 29th minute of Friday night’s game. The victory ended the Titans’ fourgame winning streak and added to Wheaton’s impressive 10-1-1 overall record.

“It was a statement game for us,” said junior Captain Sarah Tomich after the match. “Last year we lost to Illinois Wesleyan in penalty kicks in the conference tournament final. We wanted to show them that we are the better team and prove that we’re the best in the conference.”

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