It’s no secret that Wheaties are talented. This week, The Record sat down with three student composers on Wheaton’s campus who are using their passions and skills to compose music for film scores, talent shows, radio waves and beyond. The three composers talked about how they began their journeys, their accomplishments so far, and what they hope to do with their gifts in the future.
“I sketched the first drafts for three days straight while listening to the ‘Messiah’ on a cassette recorder,” Timothy R. Botts said about his calligraphic “word pictures.” Each picture interprets Handel’s “Messiah,” a musical retelling of Scripture, one passage at a time.
Olga Lukmanova, recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, will spend a six-month period at Wheaton College, working on research as she makes contributions to the learning of those at Wheaton. Of 175 applicants, Lukmanova was one of 22 chosen to receive the scholarship that has brought her to the Wade Center.
At the beginning of the fall semester, co-directors and second year masters students Laura Robinson and Sloan Parker, along with their fellow graduate students, put their passion for philanthropy into action by initiating Wheaton Fights Ebola, a project that seeks to support Samaritan’s Purse in its work to stop Ebola in Africa.
After a summer of meetings, revisions and changes in leadership, Wheaton’s Catholic Society was reinstated as an official school-sponsored club this fall. Over the course of several months, president sophomore Prisca Tuyishime fought for the existence of the club that had been so instrumental to her spiritual growth since it first began in 2013.
On Monday morning, an estimated 100-200 students huddled together in front of Edman Chapel holding up handmade signs in order to protest in solidarity with Ferguson. The Hands Up March On protest was originally sparked by Wheaton alumnus Daniel Aguilar ’13, who messaged one of the organizers and informed the student that various colleges around the country would be protesting that same day.