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.
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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."