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 asContinue reading “Swider reflects on legacy on and off the field”

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: “TheContinue reading “Campus reacts to legal pot”

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 MoffatContinue reading “Sophomore jumpstarts Coast Guard cadet program”

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 one is going to hurtContinue reading “Extra point ends Thunder playoff run”

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 emailContinue reading “Provost reflects on accomplishments and reasons for leaving”

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 theContinue reading “Student artwork captures publisher's interest”

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 ticket to the playoffs.

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 well. I’m so proud ofContinue reading “Sports bring Gerze siblings together”

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 talk about life both onContinue reading “Wrestling coach praises team's pluck, camaraderie”

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 the time and 21st conferenceContinue reading “Soccer shootout ends NCAA championship hopes”