Year in Review


Amanda Morris | News Editor

Anna Morris | Assistant News Editor

Student-Initiated Global Learning Opportunity in Ethiopia Begins

Original article written by Anna Morris

This year brought the addition of a new student-initiated global learning opportunity, AAE: Ethiopia. The program, made up of a linear quad class that began in the spring of 2014, a two and a half week trip to Ethiopia following the end of the school year and a culminating presentation of students’ experiences that will be featured next fall, was open to a limited number of applicants looking for a unique experience.

Student demonstrationStudents Hold Demonstration Before Chapel Speaker

Original article written by Anna Morris

On Jan. 31, students sat on the front steps of Edman Chapel in a demonstration of solidarity and a desire to be heard before chapel guest Dr. Rosaria Butterfield gave her testimony and address to the Wheaton College community. Demonstration organizers feared that some students would be isolated or marginalized by Butterfield’s story of transformation from “radical, lesbian, leftist professor to ... morally good Christian.”

Shark TankStudents Compete as Budding Entrepreneurs in Wheaton "Shark Tank"

Original article written by Anna Morris

For the first time, Student Government’s Tech and Finance Committee held “Shark Tank,” a competition for budding entrepreneurs in which they presented their ideas to a panel of judges and group of students in an effort to win a $2000 “Genesis Grant” that supports students with entrepreneurial ideas. The winning group was Williston Optics, a company run by sophomores Moriah Gonzalez and Hannah Kellner.

ChicagoWheaton in Chicago Apartments Made Available to Rent

Original article written by Anna Morris

This spring, the apartments that are used to house students participating in the Wheaton in Chicago program became available to rent out on a nightly basis throughout the spring semester. In partnership with Student Government, the Urban Studies Department has opened up the Chicago apartments for students to rent while they are not being utilized by Wheaton in Chicago participants. 

General education reformWheaton Still Awaiting New General Education Curriculum

Original article written by Amanda Morris and Nicole Spewak

In January, faculty members gathered together to vote on a new general education reform. The motion to adopt the curriculum, proposed by the General Education Reform Committee (GERC), failed to obtain the 66.67 percent majority required for passage for those voting on the issue by the faculty. A new General Education Summit committee has been formed and will begin meeting this summer.

Human Needs and Global ResourcesHNGR Program Receives $1 Million

Original article written by Amanda Morris

In October 2013, anonymous donors gave $1 million to the Human Needs and Global Resources program, a portion of a projected $4 million overall gift to the program. Through this gift, the donors hope to deepen and anchor the excellence of the program. The money will provide initial funding for collaborative faculty-student research opportunities, a sabbatical program allowing faculty to pursue international teaching experiences and a Visiting Global Scholars Program to bring international scholars to campus.

Faculty Push for Maternity Reform

Original article written by Allie Willig

In September, professor Noah Toly emailed a letter to president Philip Ryken, members of the faculty council, and members of the faculty personnel committee, encouraging Ryken to begin reforming Wheaton’s current maternity policy. In his letter, Toly wrote that the current policy impacts younger female faculty members by causing many to take most of their leaves unpaid. 

Cornel WestNotable Speakers at Wheaton this Past Year

Original article written by Stephen Quillen

In February, students, guests and faculty gathered on Wheaton’s campus to listen to Dr. Cornel West lecture “On Being a Chekhovian Christian and a Blues Man: Christianity, Pragmatism, and Democracy.” 

Other notable individuals who came to speak on campus include Elizabeth Dias, reporter at TIME Magazine; Dr. Paul Farmer, American anthropologist and physician; and Robert Kaplan, American journalist and political analyst, among many others.

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