Tragedy Averted: FIU’s Cheerleaders Will Be Back

Proving once again that there are very few problems in the world that a bikini car wash cannot fix, Florida International has announced that its cheerleading program has been brought back from the dead. The university had said that it was cutting the program — plus the marching band — in an attempt to shave $1 million from its operating budget. But the cheerleaders, and the general public, would not take this lying down.

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Through fundraising efforts that included bikini car washes, blood drives and most probably a few large individual donations, it appears that our long national nightmare is at an end. According to team captain Rachal Girolmetti’s Facebook page, and on the Save FIU Cheerleading group Facebook page (via BUSTED COVERAGE), enough money has been raised to reinstate the program. Hooray!

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(Saved!)

It’s not exactly known how much money was raised, but the university had said that at least $45,000 was needed to reinstate the program. I’d also be willing to bet that Isiah Thomas kicked in his fair share.

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This is a welcome bit of good news for a school that could use some: FIU is always near the bottom in average football attendance in the Sun Belt Conference, having averaged only around 14,000 fans last season. And the Panthers have also had problems recently dealing with NCAA penalties and ineligible players.

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But somewhere, today, A’mod Ned is smiling.