Richmond band uses call and response to kickstart diversity convo

By Carolina Lumetta

1.31.2020

This semester’s Special Service Chapels, held from Jan. 27-29, featured Arrabon Ministries, a organization based in Richmond, Va. that helps Christian communities with racial reconciliation, and its worship band, Urban Doxology. The band hosted three chapel services, a worship workshop and an evening service at Edman. Founder David Bailey started Urban Doxology to promote racial reconciliation through worship. The band tours the country hosting worship workshops, training programs and services to expose believers to a more diverse range of worship styles.

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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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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 game, trying to be like Kobe,” she said, “and it has been paying off, thanks to God.”

Bryant, who spent 20 years playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a nine-person helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. on Sunday. His 13-year old daughter, Gianna, also died in the crash.

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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 competed in an exhibition meet against Randolph Macon College (Va.) and Roger Williams University (R.I.).

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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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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 overseas really helped with my homesickness,” Chen says. Whenever Li or Chen asked the upperclassman what money they could contribute to the meals, she refused payment and instead asked that Li and Chen continue to provide a hospitable place for future students. Chen says, “That experience is probably one of the biggest reasons why I joined the International Apartments.”

Located in the center of Wheaton’s Crescent apartment complex, the International Apartments are a community living space occupied by eight international and domestic students. According to their page on Wheaton’s website, the mission of the International Apartments is “to provide a space for fellowship where international students can gather together, receive encouragement and build meaningful relationships across cultures and with domestic students,” and it is clear that the students currently living there are committed to that mission.

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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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