In most circles, Modesto Maidique has a sparkling reputation. The 23-year president of FIU helped transform a depressing abandoned airfield into a top-notch research university. He also brought the school a ton of federal grant money, which never hurts. So, you'd think his farewell ceremony yesterday would have been all smiles and hugs.
Trustees unanimously agreed to change the campus name to Maidique's Campus back in June. Gurley, an architecture major, then started a Facebook group campaign against the change. It included an online petition and now has about 2,000 members.
Then on July 15 FIU's The Beacon editorialized against such a large bonus. The article reads: "Timing of this recommendation is incredibly unwise.... The University's financial climate in dire straits; the money is needed elsewhere."
It concludes: "Overall, Maidique has served this University extremely well. However, we cannot overlook the message that this gesture sends to those affected by the program cuts and layoffs."