90.7 WMFE and 89.5 WMFV are Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming and Classical Music. Part of the community since 1965, providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Bethune-Cookman University resilient as students return to class post-Ian


Play Audio

Bethune Cookman University photo by: Talia Blake/WMFE


In-person classes will resume Monday at Bethune-Cookman University after the campus shut down due to Hurricane Ian. 

Students will be back on campus and in class on Monday for the first time since Hurricane Ian. 

The category four storm flooded the campus, left behind downed trees and other debris, and damaged some buildings. 

Interim President Lawrence Drake says despite this most recent challenge, kids and teachers are ready to be back at BCU, with some additional support in place.

“You know, one of the things that we are coping with as we bring our students back is the emotional trauma that something like this has, has created. And so we have extra counseling on standby.”

Drake says the school is closely working with FEMA and the US Secretary of Education to make any remaining repairs.  

“Secretary Cardona reached out and and certainly has extended their help in any way they can. We are obviously working with FEMA through our state and federal lobbyists and we certainly are going to apply for FEMA support. We are, we are trying to make our way back infrastructure-wise.”

Drake says the school is also looking to develop its master plan in order to fortify facilities for the next weather event.

For the latest on BCU’s re-opening, follow them @bethunecookman.


Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida news, updates on special programs and more.

GET THE LATEST
Stay tuned in to our local news coverage: Listen to 90.7 WMFE on your FM or HD radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” and you’ll be connected.

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Danielle Prieur

About Danielle Prieur

Reporter & Fill-in Host

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan and is a graduate of both the ... Read Full Bio »

TOP