New Academic Advising Office to open in B quad

By Melissa Schill

2.28.2020

After being hired in January, three academic advisers are preparing to begin their work with students as part of Wheaton’s new Academic Advising Office (AAO) during the second half of the spring semester.

Mandie Porick, Candyce Cabral and James Kim will be providing advising support specifically designed for first-year and transfer students, in addition to what these students receive from their major-specific faculty advisor. The new team will also serve students who may need increased support, such as first-generation students, students with academic accommodations, athletes and international students.

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Embracing singleness

By Jacob Hosier

2.14.2020

Wheaton students are bombarded everyday with phrases like “ring by spring,” “date for marriage” and “guard your heart.” What’s peculiar about these messages is that they do not seem to reflect the heartbeat of the student body, who almost unanimously wish for a more casual dating culture. Although these messages are not harmful in and of themselves, their overuse can perpetuate extreme social pressure and a theologically inaccurate elevation of marriage, which in turn results in diminishing the single vocation, or a calling to be single. Even in this newspaper, there is an engagement ring advertisement, which seems out of place — aren’t we all a little young to be thinking about marriage?

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Refuge relaunches under Student Care

By Micah McIntyre

2.14.2020

After being disbanded at the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year, Wheaton’s group for students who identify as LGBTQ was re-approved by the administration in January and moved from the Chaplain’s Office to Student Wellness.

The new agreement between Refuge student leaders and the administration allows for Refuge to operate independently from other groups in the Chaplain’s Office that focus on sexual sanctity. The decision to reinstate Refuge comes in response to student reservations about replacing Refuge with curriculum-based groups such as In Terra Pax and Refuge Discipleship Small Groups (DSG).

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Elmhurst partnership aims to equip nursing students

By Melissa Schill

2.14.2020

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Wheaton College and Elmhurst College signed an agreement giving liberal arts nursing majors the opportunity to receive their bachelor’s degree from Wheaton in three years, then go on to get their master’s degree in nursing from Elmhurst in two years.

“I am delighted that we are able to partner with Elmhurst College,” Provost Margaret Diddams said. “In this way, students receive Wheaton’s excellent liberal arts education and are able to complete their professional training with the top notch nursing faculty at Elmhurst and state of the art facilities at Edward-Elmhurst Hospital.”

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As virus spreads, students urge prayer for Wuhan

By Melissa Schill

2.7.2020

Although the epicenter of the coronavirus is thousands of miles away from Wheaton, for some students and faculty the news of the virus’ rapid spread has hit close to home.

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Former professor accused of sexual misconduct

By Tennyson Bush

2.7.2020

On Tuesday, two Wheaton alumnae accused Gilbert Bilezikian, an emeritus professor of New Testament, of sexual harassment in a blog post by Julie Roys (‘87), a popular Christian writer and podcaster who lives in the Greater Chicago area.

The alumnae, Donna Ray and Ellie Cowan, studied with Bilezikian in the mid-1980s. According to his faculty profile, Bilezikian started teaching at Wheaton in 1966 and retired in 1992. He is often credited with inspiring the megachurch movement. Bilezikian, who is now 92 years old, has previously denied allegations against him.

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Cartagena and Watts win diversity awards

By Carolina Lumetta

2.7.2020

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the first annual Rodney Sisco Symposium for Leadership, Diversity and Equity opened with the presentation of the Student Choice Diversity Award to one faculty and one staff member. Chief Intercultural Engagement Officer Sheila Caldwell described the purpose of the award to “celebrate individuals who champion efforts that result in greater awareness, diversity, justice, inclusion and unity for all members of our community.”

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How four Wheaton women made the cut

By Eliana Chow

2.7.2020

Last school year, I started noticing more and more of my female peers on campus getting pixie cuts or buzzing their hair off altogether, and I was interested to know why. What were their motivations? What were they most afraid of? What’s changed in their lives as a result of their haircuts.

Over the past four months, I had the opportunity to spend time with, interview and photograph four of these women. In the following feature, I narrate their experiences to show how even in the 21st century, cutting off her hair is one of the biggest changes a woman can make to her appearance.

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Harsted, Odell finish strong at wrestling invitational

By Cassidy Thornburg

2.7.2020

The Wheaton College Wrestling team hosted the Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational (PWWI) at King’s Arena from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1.

The PWWI is unlike any other tournament: not only does it honor the late Pete Willson (‘50) and showcase impressive talent on the mat, it annually brings together the Wheaton College staff and community.

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King headlines Sisco symposium

By Melissa Schill

1.31.2020

Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural Rodney Sisco Symposium on Feb. 5-6 at Wheaton.

“Dr. Bernice King’s keynote is going to be important, instructive, encouraging and challenging,” said Vice President of Student Development Paul Chelsen, who serves on Wheaton’s planning committee for the Symposium. “To have Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter on campus is a privilege for us to learn from her and her experience and her expertise and leadership.”

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