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After Thunder win, team reflects on Bryant’s death

By Cassidy Thornburg 01.31.2020 After the Wheaton women’s basketball team defeated Millikin University 74-61 on Wednesday, sophomore Hannah Swider remembered the life of Kobe Bryant as an inspiration to her own growth as a member of the team. “I spend a lot of time in the gym working on my…

Swim teams travel to Florida

By Amelia Sniffin 01.31.2020 Over Christmas break, the Wheaton Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive teams headed to West Palm Beach, Fla. for their winter training trip. The training trips typically take place every three years in warm locations, allowing the teams to train outdoors. Along with training, the Thunder…

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…

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…

Building a safe harbor thousands of miles from home

By Emily Alkire 1.24.2020 When Grace Li, a junior from China, and Joy Chen, a junior from Taiwan, were first-year students, an upperclassman international student invited them over for dumplings and hot pot, two meals that remind Chen of home. “Getting to eat and talk about the foods we eat…

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…

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…

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…

Extra point ends Thunder playoff run

By Cassidy Thornburg 12.13.19 Twelve consecutive wins, spring ball, summer offseason plans, fall practices and Monday film sessions all came to a halt in the final seconds of play as the Thunder football team fell 34- 33 to St. John’s (Minn.) in the DIII Quarterfinals on Saturday, Dec. 7. “That…

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…

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…

Six steps to winning Wheaton’s first ever Division III football championship

By Cassidy Thornburg 12.6.19 1. Win the conference with a perfect record Coach Mike Swider’s Gatorade shower, covertly deployed by seniors Caden Sigler and Spencer Rowland, celebrated the Thunder football team’s 58-0 win over the Elmhurst Bluejays on Nov. 16. This victory capped off their undefeated season and punched their…

Sports bring Gerze siblings together

By Cassidy Thornburg 12.6.19 “Let’s go, Gerze,” Nate Gerze yelled to his younger sister Audrey Gerze as she jumped up to spike the ball during one of her volleyball matches at King Arena. “I try to be super loud and be an embarrassing brother. It’s fun to see her do…

Wrestling coach praises team’s pluck, camaraderie

By Cassidy Thornburg 12.6.19 Since Coach Jim Gruenwald took over Wheaton Wrestling in 2009, the program has grown from just a few athletes to 24, relocated to its own complex and welcomed three new assistant coaches. As the wrestling season gets underway, the Record sat down with Coach Gruenwald to…

Soccer shootout ends NCAA championship hopes

By Amelia Sniffin 12.6.19 Although the Wheaton Women’s Soccer team faced numerous injuries throughout the 2019 season, the 6th-ranked Thunder battled their way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA postseason tournament, where they lost to the University of St. Thomas in a shootout. The Thunder’s impressive 18-1-1 record at…

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…

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…

New Testament scholar promotes latest book

By Micah McIntyre 11.15.19 On Nov. 19, Wheaton will welcome two of the most recognized biblical scholars working today: NT Wright and Michael F. Bird. To promote their latest book, “The New Testament in its World,” Bird and Wright are touring the United States and attending speaking engagements around the…

The good life according to Wheaton kids

By Emily Nordhausen 11.15.19 Sitting in Lower Beamer for any amount of time, one is presented with a fascinating cross-section of humanity. Students bolting through in pajamas for the 9:20 class they overslept, sipping coffee with professors or arguing over group projects present a wide array of personalities. But amid…

After Francis, men’s team regroups

By Cassidy Thornburg 11.15.19 The words “Thunder Struck” decorated orange t-shirts worn by fans in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum last March 15. During Wheaton College’s spring break, rows of fans still managed to make it out to the “Summit City” to support the Wheaton Men’s Basketball team in…

Women’s basketball looks to defend title

By Cassidy Thornburg 11.15.19 After claiming their fourth conference title in the past five years, the Wheaton Women’s Basketball team is looking to continue their streak in the 2019-20 season. Here are some storylines to keep your eye on as the season unfolds. “Defense wins games” Head Coach Kent Madsen…

Student teachers take lessons from Chicago strike

By Melissa Schill 11.9.19 A week after Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers returned to their classrooms following an 11-day strike, Wheaton College student teachers are reflecting on the gains and losses of one of the most consequential events in the history of Chicago schools. “It was interesting to see these…

Karen Swallow Prior still believes in books

By Micah McIntyre 11.9.19 Although the weather has been much colder in Wheaton this week than at her home in rural Virginia, Karen Swallow Prior braved the elements to deliver this year’s Staley Series in chapel. Prior is a professor of English at Liberty University and is an established author…

Caring for creation: Students promote green practices on campus

By Emily Alkire 11.9.19 It’s a brisk, fall morning when Averi Cumings settles onto her couch and hands me a venti vanilla latte. She’s just finished her 5 a.m. shift at the Downtown Wheaton Starbucks where she works as a barista. Cumings, a senior majoring in applied health science, is…

No regrets: Tyler Sigler looks back on his head-spinning summer

By Cassidy Thornburg 11.9.19 This past summer, former Thunder defensive-back Tyler Sigler practiced through training camp and signed a preseason contract with the Arizona Cardinals. During his four preseason games, Sigler recorded nine total tackles and had a notable pick off against the Chargers, returning it for 52 yards. Sigler,…