Category Archives: News

Thunder welcome new head coach

By Cassidy Thornburg

1.31.2020

Jesse Scott was named the new head coach of the Wheaton Thunder football team on Tuesday, Jan. 28. He takes over from Mike Swider, who retired in December.

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SSB reopens with expanded CVC and bookstore

By Melissa Schill

1.24.2020

The year-and-a-half renovation project in the Student Services Building (SSB) is nearing completion as all departments are scheduled to be moved back in by the end of January.

Although the project was officially approved and started in August 2018, campus architect Bruce Koenigsberg began working on the first designs in 2016. Director of Facilities Scott Okesson has also been involved in the process since the beginning, overseeing building maintenance, design and planning. The renovation as a whole was a $5.7 million project, with $2 million of donor funds going toward the new Center for Vocation and Career (CVC) space on the east side of the building. One of the primary goals of the renovation was to expand the CVC’s footprint. The center went from having 1,500 to 5,000 square feet of space.

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SG preps students for 2020 election

By Tennyson Bush

1.24.2020

This semester marks the debut of the Student Voter Education (SVE) series, a collaboration between Student Government (SG) and politically involved campus organizations aimed at informing the student body on the hows and whys of civic engagement. The series kicked off on January 15th with a talk by Assistant Professor of International Relations Timothy Taylor and Dean of Social Sciences Bryan McGraw on “Why Your Vote Matters.”

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Swider reflects on legacy on and off the field

By Cassidy Thornburg

12.13.19

Head football Coach Mike Swider, following a 12-1 final season record and 24 years of leading the Thunder football program, announced his retirement on Tuesday. Coach Swider played football at Wheaton College and graduated in 1977. He served as the defensive coordinator for 11 seasons immediately following, then took over as head coach. In his tenure with the program, Coach Swider led the Thunder to nine CCIW championships, ten NCAA Division III playoff appearances and 140 total conference game wins.

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Campus reacts to legal pot

By Melissa Schill

12.13.19

Although recreational marijuana will be legal for adults in Illinois on Jan. 1, 2020, it will not be permitted on Wheaton’s campus, following the same restrictions as the no-alcohol policy.

In preparation for the new law, the student handbook was updated for the current academic year with the following statement: “The College also prohibits the recreational use of marijuana in states where it has become legalized.” Violating this policy will result in suspension or expulsion, or, if the violating student is under 21, referral to prosecution.

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Sophomore jumpstarts Coast Guard cadet program

By Carolina Lumetta

12.13.19

After being approved by Provost Margaret Diddams and the Student Activities Office (SAO) this fall, the new Wheaton Coast Guard Auxiliary University program (AUP) is on its way to become the first university detachment of its type in the Midwest.

College of DuPage junior Evan Sheriff and Wheaton sophomore Penn Moffat began laying the foundations for the program at the beginning of the fall semester and have been given all the “green lights” required to start the program, according to Moffat. “We have everything we need except student interest,” he said.

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Provost reflects on accomplishments and reasons for leaving

By Micah McIntyre

12.6.19

Margaret Diddams will be stepping down from her position as provost of Wheaton College at the end of the academic year.

“Margaret Diddams is a champion for Christ-centered liberal arts education who will leave an enduring legacy at Wheaton College,” President Philip Ryken, who announced her departure in a campus-wide email on November 25, said. “She often goes out of her way to give me personal encouragement and to ensure that our academic division is fully aligned with Wheaton’s overall mission.”

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Student artwork captures publisher’s interest

By Carolina Lumetta

12.6.19

Following a four-week trip to Spain, faculty in the Spanish department are readying a book of student work for possible publication.

The book, which is in the process of being submitted to InterVarsity Press, will feature a collection of devotionals and watercolors from six Wheaton students about their experience walking the historic Camino de Santiago, a medieval Catholic pilgrimage route in Spain that has recently been increasing in popularity.

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Increase in international exchange bucks US trends

By Melissa Schill

11.15.19

Of the 2,395 undergraduate students studying at Wheaton, 88 are international students, representing 23 different countries. This number, which has increased over the past three years, puts Wheaton at odds with national trends, which according to Inside Higher Ed have been on the decline over the same period.

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CSC head makes sense of shift in student volunteering

By Carolina Lumetta

11.15.19

Although the number of Wheaton students volunteering through the Christian Service Council (CSC) has increased slightly in the last 10 years, there is still much less participation than in the organization’s recent history. Assistant Director of School Year Programs Jared Falkanger, who oversees the CSC, thinks the decrease in numbers is due to increased busyness and changing attitudes toward off-campus ministry among Wheaton students.

The CSC, which operates out of the Office of Christian Outreach (OCO), offers students weekly and one-time volunteer opportunities, such as tutoring and evangelism, in Wheaton and the Chicago area.

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