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Letter to the editor: IPFW will be no more

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017 8:32 AM
Sunday’s edition of the Journal Gazette (Dec. 18) contained a full-page ad presumably paid for by the administration of cash-strapped Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne. It included a fierce-looking rendering of IPFW’s mascot, the mighty mastodon, with the word STRONGER boldly printed below.

I cannot be the only one who appreciates the stinging irony of using the image of a North American mammal that faded into extinction to symbolize all the positive changes we should expect to see from cleaving IPFW into two separate and independent regional campuses of Indiana and Purdue Universities. Regardless of the eleventh hour calls to maintain its brand and adorable mascot, IPFW will be no more.

At this point in the process it is likely a waste of time to argue against the change. Not that the decisions made by the trustees of both universities couldn’t be reversed with enough political will. Rather it is because the changes planned for IPFW’s future were widely supported and even championed by our own community and business leaders. Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, two organizations that serve area business and economic development interests, have recently collaborated on the Road To One Million Plan. The plan has as its mission to to help Northeast Indiana grow its population by making it a more attractive place to live and work.

Taking away many of the post-secondary public education offerings from our region’s young adults seems to be a very strange way to get to the end of that road. I suspect it just got longer.

Patrick J. Wiltshire, LaGrange, BA, IU-Bloomington, MS, IU-Fort Wayne

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