Serving, leading and listening

Marilee Melvin sits in her office on the second floor of Blanchard as the trees out­side begin to bloom and the sun shines in through the window. From the painting of Mary Blanchard that she retrieved from Wheaton’s ar­chives, to the walls of pictures and awards that she has col­lected over the years, Melvin, Wheaton’s executive assistant to the president, has a passion for Wheaton that is evident as she speaks about her years of service and experience with sincere humility.

Females allowed into US Army Ranger School for the first time

As of this Sunday, females are now allowed to attend the U.S. Army Ranger School on a trial basis. The integration faces chal­lenges as some praise the new opportunity while others are worried about the Army lower­ing standards or are concerned about male and female dynam­ics in such a rough environment. “I don’t care ifContinue reading “Females allowed into US Army Ranger School for the first time”

MADE by more than just culture

After a year of difficult con­versations regarding racial, ethnic and cultural identity at Wheaton College, the MADE events this week have brought back a vital el­ement to the discussion: celebra­tion. Each event, from the Arena Theater workshop on Monday to the multicultural food tast­ing and communal art in lower Beamer Center leading up to theContinue reading “MADE by more than just culture”

Globus event remembers 21st anniversary of Rwandan genocide

Heads bowed in the Meyer Science Center lecture hall in a moment of silence Tues­day night, silently lifting up prayers and remembering those slaughtered in the Rwandan Genocide 21 years ago, where the Hutu tribe killed 800,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsis within 100 days. Sophomore Richard Nde­kezi, a native Rwandan, initiated the night and the moment of si­lence. Globus hosted the event, titled “Redeeming Rwanda.”

Wheaton talks sexuality

The second to last Living Room series event was host­ed last Friday and focused on the topic of sexual desire and stewardship. The Living Room Series came to being as a need was seen on Wheaton’s cam­pus to open up discussions on sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity where the Wheaton community could come to learn, and talk about various experiences regarding these topics.

Clayton Keenon takes new job as teaching pastor

On March 20, the Wheaton College community received an email from the President’s Office saying that yet another transition will be occurring in the Chap­lain’s Office. Clayton Keenon, who has served as ministry asso­ciate for discipleship and gradu­ate chapel for five years, will be leaving Wheaton at the end of the semester to begin his work as teaching pastor at Christ Com­munity Church in St. Charles, Ill.

Tenured NNU theology professor fired, possibly for beliefs

Thomas Oord, a ten­ured theology professor at Northwest Nazarene Uni­versity, learned on March 31 that he was being laid off, as a response to dropping stu­dent enrollment numbers. Now, supporters of Oord claim that the professor was discharged because of his belief in evolution and open theology, and that the school cited plummeting enroll­ment as justification to get rid of the professor who had long been a thorn in the side of the Nazarene church. The incident may have implica­tions for theology professors at other Christian colleges.