Earlier this week I got some news I didn’t like. IPFW is changing their colors from the beautiful blue and white to Purdue’s gold and black.

Now if you weren’t aware, last year or so IPFW announced that Indiana University was pulling out of IPFW leaving us with just the Purdue part. That prompted a name change. Though I, and pretty much everyone I know voted for our name to be Fort Wayne University, we were given the name Purdue University Fort Wayne (PUFW just doesn’t sound good to me).

I wasn’t exactly happy about the name change, but overall, it’s just a name and really, we were only losing one letter. Not that big of a deal. But earlier this week the new Chancellor sent out an email telling us that a marketing firm was hired and has been working on “re-branding” the campus image. And this time, without asking the students and staff how they felt, our colors were changed. Many of us found out through the media. I was sent a press release before I was sent an email from the school.

This really bummed me out. I know the past two weeks I’ve talked about change and I know this change is going to happen even if I throw a fit, but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it.

My school is losing its identity. We are no longer a stand alone college that represents Fort Wayne. We are just Purdue 2.0. I fear the mastodon will go next and we will have to be the boiler-whatevers.

If I wanted to go to Purdue, I would have. I like that IPFW was different and was unique. We have a nice, big beautiful campus that stood out, but now we are Purdue’s lesser-known cousin.

Okay, maybe I’m being dramatic, but I’m really taking this to heart, not because I don’t like change, but because I love originality. I’m not a fan of change that forces people to fit in and certainly not a fan of change that makes my campus assimilate with Purdue. It’s no secret that IPFW’s enrollment has been down, but I don’t think making us look like Purdue is going to help.

Colleges need to offer something special and different – that’s what drives students to them. I’ve always felt a close connection to Fort Wayne. I spend half my week there. I love it there. I always knew I wanted to go to college at IPFW because of my love for Fort Wayne. But with changes that make us look like Purdue, I fear that we will lose our identity as the college of Fort Wayne.

Whether I like it or not, our colors are now black and gold. I’m hoping we get to at least keep our mastodon but I’m not holding my breath. I know one thing’s for sure, I’m gonna hit up the school store for all the blue and white apparel I can get my hands on. I’ve got two more years left of college, and you won’t see me wearing black and gold anytime soon.