New Chaplain selected
After a year of searching for a permanent chaplain, Wheaton has hired the biracial Reverent Timothy Blackmon from The American Protestant Church of the Hague in the Netherlands. He and his family are moving to Wheaton this summer. Blackmon will take over for the interim Chaplain McDowell on July 1. McDowell said he has been loved during this past year at Wheaton, and he anticipates a good relationship between Blackmon and Wheaton.
Paul Ryan visits Wheaton
Representative Paul Ryan visited Wheaton’s campus for the Monday after Spring Break for a speech open to business and economics, economics, political science and international relations majors. Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert introduced him, and Ryan subsequently spoke about the importance of Christian engagement in politics., encouraging student to take part.
Campus-wide power outage
A campus-wide power outage darkened every building for four hours on Tuesday night, forcing Bon Appetite to prepare and serve food by candlelight on paper plates. Professors proctored tests and held study sessions in dormitories. It took five hours for electricians to respond and find the source of the outage.The outage was caused by a squirrel that climbed into the college’s junction box.
Eight Wheaton students visited Ferguson, MO, in October to participate in peaceful protests and visit the site where Michael Brown was killed. The students returned to Wheaton and spoke on a panel about their experience. 100 to 200 Wheaton students on campus protested systemic police brutality against young black and brown men as well.
Football takes back Little Brass Bell
The Thunder football team reclaimed the Little Brass Bell with a 34-31 win over arch rival North Central on Oct. 25, grabbing the win when senior kicker Sam Cote’s 29-yard field goal was tipped but went through the uprights as time expired. Sophomore quarterback Johnny Peltz carried much of the offensive load with 236 yards and two touchdowns through the air and 86 more on the ground.
Registrar leaks chapel probation list
Following a series of technical difficulties, the registrar erroneously leaked an email containing a list of all students on academic probation to the entire student body. Affected students voiced hurt and disappointment, while administration was also deeply concerned and people questioned whether the school violated The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Acts.