Top stories of 2014 to 2015

New Chaplain selected 

President Ryken introduces Wheaton's next chaplain, Reverend Timothy Blackmon, at chapel on Feb. 4. Photo courtesy of Kevin Schmalandt & Wheaton College Marketing Communications
President Ryken introduces Wheaton’s next chaplain, Reverend Timothy Blackmon, at chapel on Feb. 4. Photo courtesy of Kevin Schmalandt & Wheaton College Marketing Communications

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
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan speaks with students and faculty at breakfast event. Photo courtesy of Mike Hudson Photography
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan speaks with students and faculty at breakfast event.
Photo courtesy of Mike Hudson Photography

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 squirrel jumped into Wheaton college’s junction box, causing a power outage across campus on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Photo courtesy of Andrew Sedlacek
A squirrel jumped into Wheaton college’s junction box, causing a power outage across campus on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Photo courtesy of Andrew Sedlacek

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.
Ferguson protest
Photo courtesy Alicia Artis
Photo courtesy Alicia Artis

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
Photo courtesy of MikeHudsonthunderphotos.com
Photo courtesy of MikeHudsonthunderphotos.com

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
Photo credit Laura Clark
Photo credit Laura Clark

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.

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