New curriculum for Strongholds

Lust-Free Living is no more. The student-led support group for men and women of all classes — centered around Christ healing relationships broken by sexual sin, shame and addiction — is now called Strongholds. LFL has long been viewed as a group for certain people with select problems. However, the group ministers to many other manifestations of sexual shame or sin — from body image to difficult childhood experiences. Open to students of any sexual orientation, the ministry helps a variety of people with a variety of struggles.

The Harvard of Christian Schools?

Wheaton College has often been described as the Harvard of Christian schools due to its academic and spiritual disciplines. In keeping with this unofficial title, students at Wheaton experience a challenging educational environment within the context of faith, which many also balance with extracurricular interests and involvements. But how accurate is this comparison between Wheaton College and Harvard University, and how does Wheaton actually stack up against other Christian colleges? The admissions office told The Record, “That description has not been something that we use internally to describe ourselves, rather how some outside of the community describe Wheaton.” Wheaton has ranked relatively high on various college lists including Forbes Magazine

Blank Canvas

On Wednesday Sept. 16, hundreds of sophomores flocked to Coray Gymnasium for the kickoff event of the new Canvas program. The meeting was put together by Dee Pierce, interim director of the Center for Vocation and Career. Mostly an introductory event, the meeting consisted of a free barbeque style dinner, a short information session and a few videos describing the course.

Coaching in a (wo)man’s world

Women’s sports are experiencing a surge in popularity. This summer, the women’s World Cup had a little under twice as many average viewers as the 2015 NBA Finals. In the NFL, Jen Welter interned with the Arizona Cardinals during training camp, making her the NFL’s first female coach. Sarah Thomas was also hired as the first female official in the history of the NFL. Even in the world of basketball, Becky Hammon was hired a few months ago as the first full-time female employee of an NBA coaching staff as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.

Have we failed to love the struggling in the U.S.?

Pope Francis, the 266th and current pope of the Catholic Church, arrived in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, for the first visit of his papacy. Federal authorities, recognizing the security challenges of the visit, deployed a monumental and successful security operation, after deeming the papal visit a “national security special event” according to Secret Service standards. Hundreds of thousands of civilians, including young children and even newborns, were present in the streets for a glimpse of the Catholic Church leader. The Pope is known for engaging with crowds, shaking hands and even reaching out of his car window to kiss babies.

President Ryken to co-chair new CCCU task force

Two schools, Goshen College and Eastern Mennonite University, resigned from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) on Sept. 15, relieving the CCCU of the decision of whether or not to reassign the two universities to an “affiliate school” status for changing their hiring practices to allow hiring individuals in same-sex marriages.

Lecture elicits mixed reactions

National best-selling and Pulitzer Prize winning authors fell short of expectations, according to a few students who attended their Sept. 21 lecture. Wheaton College, in conjunction with Opus: The Art of Work, Department of Politics and International Relations, Tiffany Memorial Fund, Center for Applied Christian Ethics (CACE), Gender Studies Program, Human Needs & Global Resources (HNGR) and Globus, welcomed Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn to present “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity” in Coray Gymnasium. Kristof — a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times — and WuDunn — the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and a former business editor at The New York Times — are a husband and wife duo who use journalism and activism to report and advocate for human rights. Well-known for their three best selling books: “China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power,” “Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia” and, more recently, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” Kristof and WuDunn are highly sought after public speakers. Many students who attended were excited about the event, and the audience, which was too large for Coray, spilled over into Barrows Auditorium. Many students gave positive feedback about the event afterwards.