Wheaton College, Dr. Larycia Hawkins, The Wheaton Record, Kirkland An
I’m thinking perhaps some higher ups at Wheaton College might wish their student journalists weren’t quite so talented.
But let me first back up a bit to refresh your mind about this story. A new article came out yesterday which will help: Dr. Larycia Hawkins on the ‘Inquisition’ at Wheaton and Why She Wants to Stay.
The summary from the article will hopefully fill in some gaps:
Dr. Larycia Hawkins — the Wheaton College political science professor who recently was placed on administrative leave because of her Facebook comments showing solidarity with the Muslim community and saying Christians and Muslims worship the ‘same God’ — has been the center of much speculation over the future of both Christian liberal arts and the evangelical faith writ large. The administration maintains that her comments seemed to be inconsistent with the college’s Statement of Faith, and earlier this month provost Stan Jones delivered a recommendation to the president to initiate termination. A hearing before the Faculty Personnel Committee on Feb. 11 will result in a recommendation to the president and board of trustees on how to move forward.
Dr. Hawkins carefully articulates her position in the article and I encourage you to read it.
Okay, back to the main topic of the story. The case of Professor Laryica Hawkins is far from over, but the editor-in-chief of the Wheaton Record, Kirkland An, is doing a stellar job of letting the public know what is going on by utilizing social media. Take a look:
He has live-tweeted Wheaton community meetings (here’s only a sampling):
And he tweets information pertinent to the story that we might not see in major news sources:
But this is what concerns me:
In the first tweet below, Sarah Pulliam Bailey, religion reporter for The Washington Post, expressed her concern. It should be noted that Sarah has a personal tie with Wheaton College. She “ran Wheaton College’s student newspaper” while going to school.
Randall King questions Ms. Bailey in the second tweet. Randall King notes on his Twitter profile that he is “media professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, broadcaster, producer, storyteller.” It makes sense that he, too, would be concerned:
This was posted on the Wheaton Record Facebook page:
I am disturbed by the behavior of the school leaders. I, however, applaud the work of Kirkland An and the student staff at The Wheaton Record. They deserve open and honest dialogue. I hope Wheaton leaders will respond appropriately and respectfully to the student journalists who are doing their best to bring information to their readership. It seems to be the most Christ-like way to respond, doesn’t it?