ESPN broadcaster’s wife killed in crash

by Anthony Payero

ESPN anchor Chris Berman lost his wife due to a horrid car accident in Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon, according to ESPN president John Skipper.

Katherine Ann Berman, 67, was a school teacher. The crash occurred around 2:15 p.m. on Route 64 in Woodbury. Two cars were involved, and both drivers were killed. Edward Bertulis, 87, was the other driver.

In the aftermath of the collision, Berman’s 2003 Lexus SC 430 went off road and overturned into some water. State police told the Hartford Courant Bertulis’s 2003 Ford Escape struck a pole and rolled onto its roof.

Nancy Bertulis, Edward’s daughter, revealed that he had just left the cemetery where he visited his wife’s grave, who died in 2015, according to the Courant.

“This is a difficult time for both families,” Nancy Bertulis said on behalf of her siblings in a statement. “We would appreciate our privacy as we grieve our loss. My father was healthy and happy and drove the speed limit.”

The Berman family was in preparation for the patriarch’s 62nd birthday, which was on Wednesday. Chris and Kathy Berman were married for more than 33 years. The couple had two children, Doug and Meredith. kathy-chris-berman-espn-killed-dies-car-accident

Berman was in attendance for the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants game when New York police broke the news to him.

Berman began his career after graduating from Brown University with ESPN in 1979. Although he stepped down from his role as lead anchor for the network’s “Sunday NFL Countdown”, he remains under contract with the company.

Skipper shared kind words in a statement released on Wednesday.


This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend. Chris is beloved by all his ESPN colleagues and for good reason: He has a huge heart and has given so much to so many over the years,” he said. “We know how much his family means to him and all we can do at a moment like this is give him the love and support he will surely need at this hour. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Meredith, Doug and the entire family.”


Bethune Cookman University Graduates Turn Their Backs to Betsy DeVos

By: Jennifer Urena

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was met with the backs of Bethune Cookman Graduates after students decided to stand up and turn around during her commencement speech Wednesday.

While DeVos gave her opening statement at the graduation ceremony her speech was drowned out by “booing” and remarks made towards her.

This was followed by graduates in the audience standing up out of their seats and facing the back of the room, with their backs towards DeVos.

Several videos have surfaced of the graduation ceremony, including one of a young man running up and down the isle cheering the graduates on as they decide to stand up. Towards the end of the video the man is seen being escorted out by security.



Graduates refused to sit down causing school President Edison Jackson to interrupt Devos and ask students to take a seat.

“If this behavior continues your degrees will mailed to you,” said Jackson.

After the warning graduates began to take their seats and allow DeVos to continue her commencement.

Protest against DeVos immediately began after she was announced the guest speaker at Bethune Cookman. According to CNN a 2010 graduate led a group that gathered nearly 60,000 signatures asking the university not to let her speak at the ceremony.

Alumni and students of the university took to Twitter to voice their opinion on DeVos being the commencement speaker and the actions taken by graduates.

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President Trump fires FBI Director Comey

by Anthony Payero

President Trump shocked the country with his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey Tuesday. Comey led the investigation around Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The President kept his answer short and sweet when asked about his decision regarding Comey.

“He was not doing a good job, very simply,” Trump said.

Before seeing the media in the Oval Office, Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. He denied that Comey’s firing interfered with his meeting with the Russians.

President Trump continued his reasoning for letting go of Comey on Twitter early Wednesday morning.

Vice President Mike Pence supported the President’s decision to let go of Comey in front of the press at Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning.

Mike Pence

“President Trump provided strong and decisive leadership,” Pence said. “I’m grateful for the action the President has taken. I’m confident as we go forward that the President will choose an individual who will be able to restore the confidence of our nation in our leading law enforcement agency.”

The President is confident that the next director will do a more suitable job.

Here’s What You Do

by Anthony Payero

“What are you doing after graduation? Do you know what you want to do with your degree? Is this what you want to do?”

These are questions that are constantly brought up to students while in college, and it’s pretty unfair.


How often do college seniors need to be reminded that their life as they know it will change forever? Every responsible senior knows how to properly handle themselves. After four years on their own, they should be ready for what the world has in store for them.

Four years of writing papers, sitting through several hours of lectures and of eating their sorrows away, their time of of despair will soon come to an end. Coming into college, all students think they know what exactly it is they want to study. Two semesters later, however, and they are involved in a completely different field.

And that’s OK. College is a period to find yourselves, and more importantly what you want to do. If you don’t have those answers by the time you graduate, don’t worry. Use your skills and best traits to find what you enjoy and what you do best.  Use time this summer to evaluate what your next steps should be.

Here are three steps to take this summer that will help you in the early stages of post-grad life:

  1. Breathe in, breathe outdraper
    1. Once again, remember that free time can be a friend. Take a break from applying for jobs and remember to put yourself first always. Don’t feel the need to have to rush things. Take a deep breath and before you know it, you will be doing exactly what you wanted to.
  2. Keep in touch with peopleanderson-ribeiro-eloisa-carvalho-and-friends-laughing-new-york-makes-funny-moments-with-friends-hilarious
    1. Just because you graduated doesn’t mean you have to lose touch! Hit up your friends and think of cool, spontaneous things to do together. Enjoy the summer and have fun while you can, because soon you’ll all be working hard in the “real world.”
  3. Travel 
    1. In college, the farthest you travel is from the dorms, to class, and to the dining hall. Use your free time to see the sights! Take that Eurotrip you’ve been dreaming of since freshman year. The world is beautiful and you deserve to see it while you can! barcelona_spain-208634

Is the Freshmen Fifteen Avoidable?

food_16656251_c080b902e3c6f6dd5a22c3f8775d764cb08d1516By: Jennifer Urena

Kristina Rella walks into the La Penta Student Union building and the first smell to hit her nose is the french fries being pulled out of the fryer mixed with the freshly melted cheese on a pepperoni pizza being taken out of the oven just in time for the lunch rush.

Being a student at Iona College comes with its struggles, between classes, homework and extracurricular activities, maintaining healthy eating habits becomes a student’s last priority.

Iona College is home to Vitanza Commons, located on the ground floor of Spellman Hall and LaPenta Marketplace, located on the first floor of the LaPenta Student Union building. These are the two main cafeterias that provide students with fast food options to consume before class.

If students aren’t “feeling” what is being served on campus that day they can venture outside of campus to choose from a handful of fast food options such as McDonalds, Subway and AJ’s Burgers that accept the Iona College meal plan.

According to a survey taken by Iona students, the on and off campus eating establishments have one thing in common, a lack of healthy options on their menu.

While interviewing students some were open to discuss their feelings on the food provided by Iona but some where not as willing to be identified for talking negatively about the school’s options.

One student that did not want to be named stated he is not a huge fan of the food Iona has available. He stated that the food gives him stomach pains.

51 percent of students stated they are not happy with their eating habits according to a questionnaire given to them. Many of the students believed that being on Iona’s campus effected their eating habits due to the lack of variety of food.

“I think that the quality of food at Iona is good,” said Rella. “but there needs to be more variety of what there is to choose from as far as categories go.”

The company Chartwells caters the food provided in the cafeterias at Iona College as well as other campuses across the nation. Chartwells provides students with tools that breakdown what is being served and how to use the foods being served to create a healthy diet on Iona’s campus.

“It can be hard to maintain control in an environment where you can eat all you want,” said Helene Konsker, a dietitian that answers questions about maintaining a healthy diet on the Chartwells website.

The “Dine On Campus” website allows students to create a meal plan that caters to their needs. Possibly helping those that stated they wish they could eat healthier on campus according to the questionnaire given to them.

Students that stated they were not happy with their eating habits based on Iona’s food also have access to this website. When asked if Iona students knew about the website provided by Chartwells, many were not aware what was being provided to them.

According to Konsker food plays a key role in how information is gained. Using the tools provided and a goodnights sleep help to maintain a healthy lifestyle whether you are living on campus or a commuter.

For students struggling with their eating habits on campus should be aware of the “Balance U” page on the “Dine on Campus” website. This page provides a list of foods that can help boost metabolism, boost immune systems, provide energy and boost brain activity. This page also provides a link to foods that can help reduce stress.

Along with the website, Frank Onderdonk the senior director of dining services who was not available for comment, works with students and their problems regarding food. This was seen with the Iona College food truck when complaints came pouring in about the quality of food. This lead to a quick change in items being served on the truck according to the students interviewed with the questionnaire.

For students seeking healthier options from off campus restaurants websites such as provide students with the nutritional information of some of their favorite fast food items.

For many fast food chains according to the Calorie Count law in New York City, restaurant chains with 15 or more locations are required to post nutritional information on menus in a font that is easily read by the consumer. This can allow students that eat off campus to decide on what items can be helpful are harm their eating habits.

On a college campus it is the students’ decision on what they want to eat. In the questionnaire provided earlier although students have the tools to eat healthy nearly 50 percent of students stated they rarely visit healthy locations to eat. It is suggested students to not only research their options but possibly take advantage of what is provided to them.




War Art

By Matt Lisella

Mustafa Al-Taee is his name. Al-Taee is a painter, but not your average painter of portraits. He has first-hand accounts of the evil actions of ISIS.

His paintings are graphic, but tell a story in the only way he knew how. Al-Taee lived in Hammam Alil, Iraq, before ISIS came and seized his city three years ago. Al-Taee is unique because not only is he expressing himself, but he feels he is doing work that’s right by the people. He explains that in his hometown there is no media. There’s no journalists there and the only way for these horrofic stories to get outis by his “war art”.

A neighbor has recently reported Al-Taee to ISIS that he was painting these pictures and they came and brought him to the “moral police” where he received 30 lashes for his actions. This has not stopped Mustafa however as he continues to still make hundreds of paintings.

Al-Taee’s situation is interesting because his paintings are vivid and tell a more important story. Every person in his art is a person he either knows or has seen before. He shows men being hanged and beheaded, and impoverished children crying.

Mustafa Al-Taee deserves recognition because of his reasoning for his paintings.

“I started out of love for the media and the people,” he said. “And as an artist I started to document these crimes.”

He’s telling the stories the media won’t cover, and conveying the emotions of those that can no longer express them on their own. Here’s his story.