PFW Men’s Volleyball, on a six-game winning streak, faces George Mason today

By Gavin Greer

Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team has started their season off hot with a 7-1 record. The Mastodons next game is today at 7:30 p.m. on the road against George Mason.

This is the second match of the DC challenge played in Fairfax, Virginia. The team has yet to start conference play but hope to do better than last season, where they finished 6th in the MIVA.

The Mastodons are currently on a six-game winning streak. These wins have come over Carthage, Missouri S&T, Harvard, Sacred Heart, Queens and Mount Olive.

Each win this season, for PFW, has been decided in three sets.

PFW’s only loss this season was to NJIT on Jan. 7. This loss was decided in three sets.

The Mastodons have outperformed their opponents in nearly every stat this season. While looking at the attack, they have had 287 kills compared to their opponents 265 while only having 108 errors compared to their opponents 136. In the set they have 269 assists compared to their opponents 253. For serves the team has 45 aces and 91 errors while opponents have been held to 29 aces while serving 114 errors.

Defensively the Mastodons have collected 183 digs to their opponents 177. Blocking has seen six solo blocks and 125 assisted blocks while their opponents have had six solo blocks and 87 assisted blocks.

The only stat that the team does not lead their opponents in is blocking errors. PFW has had ten errors in this category while their opponent has only had eight.

PFW is led by Ryan Perrotte. This is Perrotte’s 8th season in the position. Assistant coach Jim Palilonis returns for his second season.

This year’s schedule sees the Mastodons face off against multiple big schools. They will face Ohio State twice due to them being a MIVA rival. Other big matchups include UCLA and Penn State.

Purdue Fort Wayne Women’s Basketball Season Heading into February

By Gavin Greer

Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team is currently 9-13 on the season and 6th in the Horizon League with a 6-6 record in the conference.

The Mastodons are led in scoring by junior guard, Amellia Bromenschenkel so far this season. Bromenschenkel is averaging 12.9 PPG while shooting 45.6% from the field and 37% from three. This PPG average has Bromenschenkel sitting at 8th on the Horizon League scoring leaderboard.

Bromenschenkel not only leads the team in PPG, but she also leads the team in boards per game with 4.9.

Shayla Sellers, a senior guard, leads the team in assists with 2 per game. She also leads the team in steal per game with 1.8.

Jazzlyn Linbo, a sophomore forward, leads the team in blocks with 1.3 per game.

PFW’s biggest win so far this season was the first game of the season where they beat Goshen College 90-45 on Nov. 7. The biggest loss that the Mastodons have suffered so far this season was to the number 15 ranked Maryland on Dec. 21, where they were beat 51 to 88. This game featured a matchup of PFW’s Shayla Sellers and her younger sister, Maryland’s Shyanne Sellers.

PFW is currently on a three-game winning streak which saw a 72-55 win over Wright State, a 73-64 victory over Oakland, and most recently a 69-45 win over Detroit Mercy.

The team will look to continue this streak tonight as they face off against Youngstown State at home.

The last time these teams matched up in Ohio, PFW lost 44-60. The team will look to have a better performance in this rematch against their 2ndranked opponent. Depending on the result and the result of the Northern Kentucky and Wright St. matchup tonight, PFW may be able to move into a tie for 5th in the Horizon League.

Tonight’s game tips off at 7pm EST. You can tune in with these links.

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Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball season heading into February

by Gavin Greer

Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team is currently 14-9 on the season and are sitting at 6th place in the Horizon League with a 6-6 conference record.

The Mastodons have been led in scoring this season by senior guard, Jarred Godfrey, who is averaging 16.2 PPG while shooting 39.5% from the field and 33.3% from three. This average has Godfrey sitting at 7th in PPG in the Horizon League.

Godfrey not only leads the team in points, but he also leads the team in assists with 3.8 per game, steals with 1.5 per game, and blocks with .5 per game. These stats show that the ball is commonly in his hands which has led to his team leading 3.1 turnovers per game.

The Mastodon’s rebound leader is senior forward, Ra Kpedi, who leads the team with 8.3 boards per game.

The 2022-2023 season has seen some big milestones for the team. Back on Nov. 27, Coach Jon Coffman became PFW’s program leader in wins with 143 following a big win over Bluffton. Jarred Godfrey set the programs record for games played on Jan 21 where he played his 142nd career game.

PFW’s biggest win so far this season was a 111-31 win over Manchester on Nov. 11. The teams biggest lose came on Dec. 21 in a 54-74 loss to Northern Kentucky.

PFW’s last game resulted in a 74-79 loss to Cleveland State last Friday. The team will look to rebound tonight on the road against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies.

Back in December these teams matched up in Fort Wayne which saw a 79-73 overtime win for the Mastodons. The team will hope to gain the same result so they can move to 7-6 in the conference and move into a tie for 5th with Oakland.

Tonight’s game tips off at 7pm EST. You can tune in with these links.

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IUFW Dental Hygiene Program

Emily Coverstone

As the second semester of the school year begins, many students are beginning to get back into the groove of their academic lives and head back onto campus.

For some they will begin writing paper after paper, others will work on new sketches for their end of the year showcases. Yet, for a group of students found in Neff Hall they have to begin their hunt for patients to get their Dental Hygiene degrees.

From sophomore to senior year, students who are accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program get to learn as to what it exactly is that dental hygienists do in their day-to-day life while at work along with how to do it.

With clinics designed just like what you would typically see at an actual dental office, both friends, family members, and randomly assigned patients can get to see students learn more and more while cleaning their teeth and providing other services such as x-ray and scaling.

Each student in the program has to reach a certain number of patients each semester to move onto the next level and to also graduate. Although the students may have their agendas full at the beginning, not every patient can be reliable on showing up to their appointment, and because of this, that student can begin to fall behind on their requirements.

IUFW Junior, Alana Lester, has dealt with a patient or two canceling last minute, as well as many of her fellow peers who have also experienced the same thing.

“It is a slight setback when it comes to cancellations, as it is very difficult to get someone else to take that spot which in turn makes it difficult to meet requirements necessary to finish the class,” Lester said. “Many of us started this semester off behind due to the lack of patients from cancellations.”

The appointment itself will usually take around 4 hours to complete as students will be taking each step thoroughly and getting the go ahead by the licensed dentists and dental faculty who are supervising the students.

With hours differing each day of the week between the months of January to April, the clinic will be open Monday through Friday.

Monday8:00 a.m. – noon
1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday8:00 a.m. – noon
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday8:00 a.m. – noon
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Depending on holidays, times will vary.

Not only does the clinic offer teeth cleanings, but for a reduced price, you can get oral exams and cancer screenings, periodontal assessments, local antibacterial medicaments, local anesthesia, oral hygiene instructions, fluoride treatments, sealants, and x-rays.

The Dental Clinic fees range from $20 to $64 depending on age and services. The clinic also accepts dental insurance to those who bring in their card and fill out the information on the paperwork handed out before the appointment.

An appointment is required and there are three reserved parking spots available in the patient-only parking lot (Lot 8) located outside of Neff Hall. Additional parking is available in Lot B and parking garages. Handicap spaces are available adjacent to Neff Hall.

To get a high-quality, low-cost preventative dental service with the IUFW Dental Clinic, call 260-257-6826. For more information about costs, services, or clinic hours go to https://www.iufw.edu/dental-clinic/index.html

Winter Blood Drive

Mark your calendar… January 25 Blood Drive.

Purdue University Fort Wayne Communication Department along with PFW’s Health and Wellness and Allen County’s Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a blood donation drive on campus of January 25.

You do not need to be a student, staff, or faculty member to donate. Please take a few minutes and set aside time to donate blood. Click on the link to donate. https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results…

Each blood donor potentially impacts 3 lives. 

Every 2 seconds, someone needs blood.

Your donation will help seriously ill or injured patients here in Allen County.

Turning Red With Q&A

For some people, they consider that the talk of menstruation is considered as a taboo subject. Due to this belief, others don’t feel as if they are allowed to talk about it and so questions begin to arise without many answers.

On December 7th from 5:30 pm to 8 pm, the Department of Communication, the Women’s Center, and Helmke Library will be showing the popular Disney movie, Turning Red.

If you don’t know what the movie is about, Turning Red follows the story of a thirteen-year-old girl who is torn between continuing her role as her mother’s dutiful daughter and dealing with the changes of adolescence. If the challenges were not enough for her, whenever she gets overly excited she transforms into a giant red panda.

The movie was chosen to start the conversation around menstruation in order to celebrate Dignified Menstruation Day which is December 8th.

They will also be accepting menstruation product donations to go back to the local community. The movie will be played in Walb G21 and popcorn will be provided.

State Legislative Candidates Propose Solutions to Indiana’s Housing Crisis

By Teresa Nabangala

The 2022 midterm election campaign ends in less than two weeks, as voters choose their candidates on Nov. 8. Constituents are looking for solutions to the affordable housing crisis in Indiana, a problem that is affecting the entire nation.

Across the state, housing affordability has become a crisis as both home sales and rental costs have risen to record levels. What can be done to alleviate the crisis? We reached out to candidates running for state senate in Allen County to learn more about their proposals.

Sen. Travis Holdman (R-District 19) is running for reelection with a campaign focused on community development. Earlier this year, Holdman included provisions on Indiana Bill SB 382 for a state tax credit that would benefit projects addressing the housing needs of workers. 

The bill will take effect next January and it will provide up to $30 million annually over five years in affordable and workforce housing state tax credits, for a total of up to $150 million. Eligible taxpayers must apply to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority with qualifying construction projects to receive the state tax credit.

Democrat Zach Heimach, who is seeking to replace retiring Sen. Dennis Kruse in District 14, worries about the difficulties young professionals currently face to afford housing.

A survey conducted last year by Pew Research shows that 70% of Americans believe that young people now have a more difficult time buying a home than their parents’ generation did.

Incomes have decrease from 2021 to 2022, making it unaffordable for residents to rent or buy homes for their own comfort. The graph below, with data collected from the Center for Housing and Policy at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, indicates how affordable it is to own a house in different regions of the state of Indiana. Index values of 100 or above indicate that homeownership is affordable for a median income household.

Heimach said that, even though affordable housing may not be the core issue for the majority of the senate candidates, it is a very serious issue. He believes government should prevent major corporations from buying real estate to make a profit, in order to provide more affordable housing.

“We have to go to the people experiencing this, listen to the people who are well diverse people in to order to keep it affordable,” Heimach said. “If we don’t know the answer, we just must find the answers.”

State Sen. Liz Brown (R-District 15), who is unopposed for re-election, and Republican candidate Tyler Johnson, who is running against Heimach for the District 14 seat, did not provide information on their plans to provide affordable housing in their districts. 

Legislative Candidates Propose Solutions to Indiana’s Affordable Housing Crisis

By Eli Jones and Gavin Greer

With the 2022 Midterm Elections coming up in November, voters are looking into candidates to learn about their proposals to improve the quality of life in their communities. This story looks at the affordable housing policies of the candidates running for State Representative in Allen County.

Democrat Kyle R. Miller, who is competing with Republican Davyd Jones to fill the position of State Rep. David Abbott (R-District 82), believes loan and rent assistances should be available to a larger segment of the population. He proposes increasing the income threshold to qualify for Indiana’s down payment assistance program.

Miller also suggests that banks should help fund development in downtown areas, and that the government should partner with financial and lending institutions for incentives to build in overlooked areas such as southeast Fort Wayne.

“One of the things we would want to watch out for is making sure that there is not a short-term solution to a long-term problem. It’s great to get someone into an apartment or a condo, affordable housing, but if that benefit is only good for three or four months, that’s only going to help very little,” Miller said. 

Miller suggests that lenders should weigh more than just credit history when approving mortgages, but rather also look at other things such as bill and rent history.

“I think that the biggest issue that we are going to have is trying to figure out how to implement some of these things and solve some of the ‘why’s’ as to why we are having these issues,” he said. “It’s going to take little things, rather than just solving it in one bill or one fell swoop.” 

Davyd Jones’ campaign website did not include his position on affordable housing, and he could not be reached for comment.

‘Housing should be for people, not companies’

Abby Norden, an Independent candidate running against incumbent State Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-District 81), blames market conditions for the lack of affordable housing in her district.

“We have outside companies, or individual investors coming into our city and buying up as many properties as possible,” Norden said. “Housing should be for people, not for companies, and if we continue to let a select few own the housing market, we will continue to see price gouging in the housing and rental markets.” 

Norden believes that a way to help alleviate this problem in the area would be by improving residents’ salaries and regulating rent increases. 

“I will work with the communities who need housing the most to help them meet their needs while simultaneously working with legislatures to raise the minimum wage and cap rental prices at affordable rates,” Norden said on her plans to combat the shortages.

Carbaugh’s campaign did not send any information on his housing proposals upon request. In the past, he has opposed legislation related to affordable housing. Earlier this year, Carbaugh refused to hear House Bill 1326, which would have addressed discrimination in home appraisals and lending. Due to his refusal, the bill died after missing the House’s deadline. 

In 2018, he authored House Bill 1319, which if passed would have created a loan program with three-to-12-month loans of $605 to $1,500 with annual percentage rates up to 222%. This 222% APR is just about triple of what Indiana law classified as criminal loansharking. If the bill had passed, it could have made paying back housing loans difficult for many Indiana homebuyers.

Housing Task Force

House Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta (D-District 80) currently does not have a public statement on affordable housing on his campaign website, and his press team did not give any information in response to our inquiry. 

However, he is a member of the Housing Task Force that was created through House Bill 1306 earlier this year. As a member of this force, GiaQuinta and other representatives are working to learn the best strategies in combating shortages in affordable housing. 

Another goal of this task force is to end discrimination against homeowners who are having their homes appraised. To see how to best design plans in Allen County and Indiana as a whole, the task force is looking at plans from other states.

Incumbents Christopher Judy (R-District 83), Bob Morris (R-District 84) and Dave Heine (R-District 85), who are all running unopposed, do not have any positions listed on their campaign websites to address housing affordability. Their press teams didn’t respond to messages. 

Indiana’s U.S. Senate and Congressional Candidates Propose Plans to Tackle Affordable Housing Crisis

By Emily Coverstone, Sydney Hamblin and Megan Isenbarger

The family poverty rate in the state of Indiana is at a ten-year low, but similar to the rest of the United States, Indiana is facing a severe shortage of affordable housing for Hoosiers.

The state is facing a shortage of 135,033 affordable and available rental homes, according to a report produced by Prosperity Indiana and the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Only a handful of candidates running for U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative positions during the 2022 election are planning on taking a stand when it comes to affordable housing. 

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Indiana) and U.S. Rep. André D. Carson (D-District 7) are two incumbents running for re-election who have chosen to focus on housing affordability during their campaigns, after observing how the housing crisis has affected the nation.

Drivers of housing costs

Young believes the housing affordability crisis is happening due to discriminatory local zoning and land use policies that drive up housing costs in communities across America.

Young has already begun taking steps to ensure that Hoosiers can find affordable housing. He helped introduce the Task Force on the Impact of Affordable Housing Act which aims to better understand and respond to America’s housing affordability crisis by evaluating and quantifying the impact of housing costs on other government programs to create innovative solutions to aid cost-burdened families.

According to The Polis Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, cost-burdened families spend more than 30% of household income on housing related expenses. Households spending more than 50% are considered to be severely cost-burdened.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition found that 72% of Hoosiers are considered severely cost-burdened, which is the highest rate in the Midwest and 13th highest in the nation.

Young hopes to fix the state’s current regulations to allow Hoosiers to find affordable housing in areas where they work and where children can get quality education.

According to the American Economic Association, cities and neighborhoods with the strongest labor markets and best schools are not building enough housing, even though they have the highest demand, which has contributed to worsening affordability to live in those areas.

“These policies exacerbate the housing affordability crisis and stifle the ability of Americans to move to areas of opportunity,” Young said on his campaign website.

Young’s Democratic opponent, Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott, Jr., did not include a position on affordable housing on his campaign website, and his campaign staff could not be reached for comment. 

James Sceniak, a Libertarian who is also seeking Young’s seat in the Senate, also decided not to focus on affordable housing as one of the top issues in his election bid.  

“I wanted to focus on what I believe is most affecting Hoosier life, and although affordable housing is one of them, polls are showing there are more concerns like inflation and even how we’re taking care of our veterans right now,” Sceniak said in a phone interview. 

Instead of focusing on affordable housing, Sceniak decided to make his top priorities medical freedom, VetCare, fiscal sanity, criminal justice reform, gun rights, and abortion. 

Demand for affordable housing continues to grow

In the race for the District 3 Congressional seat currently held by Rep. Jim Banks, neither Banks, Democratic challenger Gary Snyder, nor Independent candidate Nathan Gotsch, outlined any housing policy priorities on their websites. 

However, incumbent Rep. André Carson, a Democrat who represents Indiana’s 7th Congressional district, says he is committed to doing everything in his power to keep Hoosiers in their homes and help hardworking, American families avoid losing their homes through default or foreclosures.

Carson says Hoosiers deserve to live in homes that meet their basic needs, but affordable housing for working families has become harder to find and is expected to become more difficult as the demand for affordable housing continues to grow.

The number of active housing listings in the U.S. was at its lowest in at least five years in January 2022, with 408,922 active listings on the market, a 60% drop from about 1 million listings in February 2020, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis also found that around the same time, the national median sale price for a single-family home jumped 25% from $327,100 in the fourth quarter of 2019 to $408,100 in the fourth quarter of 2021. The greatest increases were in the West, Midwest and Northeast. 

Potential solutions to the crisis

Carson supports programs that provide housing assistance to Hoosiers in need as well as public-private partnerships and community development projects that expand affordable housing for more families.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced in September that the city had signed an agreement with JPC Affordable Housing Foundation and Berkley Commons LLC to resolve the city’s lawsuit with the two entities concerning two apartment complexes that were causing issues for tenants.

“This settlement will keep tenants safely and stably housed, while forcing a sale to a responsible owner with the resources and commitment to operate these properties,” Hogsett said in a Tweet.

Carson praised Hosgett for the city’s actions in a Tweet on social media saying, “Safe, affordable housing is a human right.”

“I am grateful to the City, State, & @citizensenergy for using the tools at their disposal to save these residents from a public health crisis… We must do more to protect tenants from predatory landlords. Without the ability to withhold rent and demand accountability, Hoosiers are left vulnerable.”

Carson’s Republican rival, Angela Grabovsky did not list any housing policy priorities in her campaign material; a website for Libertarian candidate Gavin Maple could not be found. 

Focus on earning potential, financial incentives to build, and ‘crowdfunding”

Housing prices tend to rise with inflation, according to HomeGuides. A home’s value will begin to increase along with the inflation rate. With the increasing numbers of home values, this means that when selling a house, it’ll be at a much higher price and won’t be as affordable as it would’ve been before inflation. 

On Zillow, the average cost of a house in 2022 is $212,953. That amount is considered a large and fast-growing increase since 2019, when the same house would have been sold for around $150,000.

Many Americans are experiencing their own frustrations with affordable housing. According to Pew Research, 49% of Americans say affordable housing is a major problem in their local community, an increase of 10% from early 2018.

Some politicians are hopeful that by implementing new rules, regulations and protocols, they will be able to provide relief to those who are being affected by the housing crisis.

“There are a lot of things we can do to make housing more affordable,” Sceniak said.  

According to The Polis Center at IUPUI, “solutions to make housing more affordable can include ideas that are oriented toward the promotion of affordable housing development along with increasing the earning potential of low- and moderate-income families.”

There are solutions to the housing crisis that the state of Indiana, and the other states, can consider if they want affordable housing to become more prominent. One solution that is typically tossed around is to use creative finance to allow more people qualify for a mortgage and buy a home, as well as provide more affordable rental housing. 

Many companies have developed approaches called “crowdfunding” to help buyers in the housing market and to also seek investors, according to the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Crowdfunding in real estate is where people come together online and pool their money to purchase property as a group.

Crowdfunding is considered to be a great way to begin the investment journey in real estate without needing to spend an excessive amount of money. 

Another possible solution is to incentivize new construction of affordable homes. 

Financial incentives are required to stimulate both the supply and demand sides. Developers and builders can be encouraged to build new homes that are within reach for future or first-time buyers. According to the World Economic Forum, the way the incentives work is they buy down the capital costs overall when it comes to new housing or renovation projects.

Some of the candidates have taken action in addressing the housing crisis on a local level. Along with the Task Force on the Impact of Affordable Housing Act, Young introduced and secured passage of the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act. Found on Young’s website, the act “enables the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and public housing authorities to begin developing new models for incentivizing greater choice and improved mobility in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program”. 

Overall, there is a major affordable housing crisis in Indiana. Some Hoosier candidates have made this crisis one of their top priorities in order to make a positive impact on their state, while others have not. Whoever is elected will define whether the state will be able to make strides toward more affordable housing in the future. 

The general election is Nov. 8. Visit https://indianavoters.in.gov/ for information on polling locations and to check registration status.  

Peter and the Starcatcher

Emily Coverstone

Growing up, many of us have heard the story of Peter Pan taking Wendy and her two brothers to the magical island called Neverland. They go on an adventure and defeat Captain Hook, return home, and then they all live happily ever after. But has anyone ever wondered about the story before the story? Who was Peter Pan before he lost his shadow? Before he met Hook? Before finding Neverland and the lost boys?

From Nov. 11 to Nov. 19, students from Purdue Fort Wayne will be holding performances of the Tony-winning play Peter and the Starcatcher in the Williams Theatre at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Based off the novel by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson, the music filled show upends the century-old story about an orphan boy who turned into Peter Pan. The show will feature a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters many may recognize, while using imaginative stagecraft to bring all the magic from the story to life.

Not only will the audience get to learn the backstory of Peter, but many may learn about the lives of Mrs. Darling, Tinker Bell, and Captain Hook.

 The shows are open to all, with the admission fees as follows; $5 PFW students, High School Students, and Children under 18 / $18 for Adults / $16 Seniors, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni / $14 Groups of 10 or more / $14 other college students with ID.

From Nov. 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19, the show times will be at 8 p.m., and Nov. 13 and 19 show times will be at 2 p.m. Two shows will be performed on the 19th.  

Patrons are encouraged to call in advance to reserve their tickets and to arrive early before show time. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management or at intermission.

For more information about upcoming shows, admission fees, or cancelations go to https://www.pfw.edu/events/peter-and-starcatcher.