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The Wheaton Record; November 2, 2012

Below is a representative sample of articles featured in the latest Wheaton Record, the student newspaper of Wheaton College. All articles are written and edited by students. The content does not necessarily reflect the views of Wheaton College.

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Political Engagement and Civic Responsibility

The role of Christian voters in the 2012 presidential election.

As voters cast their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 6, Americans’ beliefs and values will be more polarized along partisan ideologies than at any point in the past 25 years, according to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. Since 1987, Pew has evaluated 48 value questions measuring “attitudes on government, business, the environment and social issues” and found that the average partisan gap between Republicans and Democrats has nearly doubled to 18 percentage points from 10 in 1987. More >

 

Political Participation Via Social Media

As the race to the polls comes to a head, Americans rely more on social media platforms for political news updates.

The 2012 presidential campaign affords firsthand experience with the development of social media as a source of political information and a means of political engagement. Since January, the number of Americans using social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as a source of political news has doubled, according to research conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. More >

 

 

Consuming Fire: the Issues You Won't Hear About This Time Around

Despite the polarization of the Democratic and Republican parties, both sides largely agree on issues of foreign policy and civil liberties.

In his farewell address, President George Washington likened political parties to a fire, warning Americans to “prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.” Today the American electoral system is divided into two major parties. Despite the current political polarization, however, foreign policy and civil liberties are two positions both parties largely agree upon. More >

 

 

Crossing the Border: Opinions on Immigration

President Barack Obama’s and Governor Mitt Romney’s contrasting positions on immigration.

On his campaign website, President Barack Obama describes Governor Mitt Romney as “the most extreme nominee in modern history on immigration issues,” while Romney’s campaign says the Obama administration is too lax on immigration policy enforcement.The crux of the issue is how to interact with undocumented immigrants already residing in the United States — primarily, as of late, those who came not of their own volition. More >

 

 

Thunder Men Play Their Way to the CCIW Title Game

The Wheaton men's soccer team advance after defeating Millikin University and Illinois Wesleyan.

The Wheaton men’s soccer team is heading to the CCIW conference championship game. On Friday, Oct. 26, they defeated Millikin University 3-0 in the regular season finale to win the CCIW regular season championship and earn the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, giving them the home field advantage for the tournament. On Wednesday, Oct. 31, the Thunder knocked off Illinois Wesleyan 5-0 in the first round of the tournament to advance to the championship game Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7:00 p.m. against North Park University at Joe Bean Stadium. More >

Political Engagement and Civic Responsibility

The role of Christian voters in the 2012 presidential election.

As voters cast their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 6, Americans’ beliefs and values will be more polarized along partisan ideologies than at any point in the past 25 years, according to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. Since 1987, Pew has evaluated 48 value questions measuring “attitudes on government, business, the environment and social issues” and found that the average partisan gap between Republicans and Democrats has nearly doubled to 18 percentage points from 10 in 1987. More >

 

Political Participation Via Social Media

As the race to the polls comes to a head, Americans rely more on social media platforms for political news updates.

The 2012 presidential campaign affords firsthand experience with the development of social media as a source of political information and a means of political engagement. Since January, the number of Americans using social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as a source of political news has doubled, according to research conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. More >

 

 

Consuming Fire: the Issues You Won't Hear About This Time Around

Despite the polarization of the Democratic and Republican parties, both sides largely agree on issues of foreign policy and civil liberties.

In his farewell address, President George Washington likened political parties to a fire, warning Americans to “prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.” Today the American electoral system is divided into two major parties. Despite the current political polarization, however, foreign policy and civil liberties are two positions both parties largely agree upon. More >

 

 

Crossing the Border: Opinions on Immigration

President Barack Obama’s and Governor Mitt Romney’s contrasting positions on immigration.

On his campaign website, President Barack Obama describes Governor Mitt Romney as “the most extreme nominee in modern history on immigration issues,” while Romney’s campaign says the Obama administration is too lax on immigration policy enforcement.The crux of the issue is how to interact with undocumented immigrants already residing in the United States — primarily, as of late, those who came not of their own volition. More >

 

 

Thunder Men Play Their Way to the CCIW Title Game

The Wheaton men's soccer team advance after defeating Millikin University and Illinois Wesleyan.

The Wheaton men’s soccer team is heading to the CCIW conference championship game. On Friday, Oct. 26, they defeated Millikin University 3-0 in the regular season finale to win the CCIW regular season championship and earn the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, giving them the home field advantage for the tournament. On Wednesday, Oct. 31, the Thunder knocked off Illinois Wesleyan 5-0 in the first round of the tournament to advance to the championship game Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7:00 p.m. against North Park University at Joe Bean Stadium. More >