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You know it's August:  The yellow jackets are back, there's no good network TV, and my alma mater, Beloit College has released its "Mindset List":
Each August, as students start to arrive, Beloit College releases the Beloit College Mindset List, which offers a world view of today's entering college students. It is the creation of Beloit's Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride [I know him!] and Director of Public Affairs Ron Nief. [. . .]

The list is distributed to faculty on campus during the New Students Days orientation. [. . .] According to Nief, "This is not serious in-depth research. It is meant to be thought-provoking and fun, yet accurate. It is as relevant as possible, given the broad social and geographic diversity of our students [. . .]. It is still a good reflection of the attitudes and experiences of the young people that we must be aware of from the first day of their college experience."

I was at Beloit when the first mindset list was released.  Now it's all very formal and even comes with a little ®.  And, as usual, it's a bizarre collection of things that supposedly identify this post-millenial generation.

I won't reprint the whole thing (the ® may will mean a lawsuit!), but here are a few favorites:

  1. Andy Warhol, Liberace, Jackie Gleason, and Lee Marvin have always been dead.
  2. Car stereos have always rivaled home component systems.
  3. The federal budget has always been more than a trillion dollars.
  4. Dirty dancing has always been acceptable.
  5. Judicial appointments routinely have been "Borked."
  6. They do not remember "a kinder and gentler nation."
  7. They have always been challenged to distinguish between news and entertainment on cable TV.

In a couple of weeks, I will be turning 29 for the third time.  (I like my shirts roomy, hint hint).  I am so old.

Check the list.  Share your faves in the comments!

Originally posted to folkbum on Wed Aug 24, 2005 at 06:01 PM PDT.


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  •  asdf (4.00)
    53. They do not remember "a kinder and gentler nation."

    Neither do I, kiddies. Neither do I.

  •  Ugh (4.00)
    I wish you'd rounded down. You know used 20-29, 30-39, etc. I really don't like the lump I'm put in by your poll!

    So the class of 2008 was born in 1987. I have clothes older than that. Damn.

  •  Faves (none)
    Things they'll never have after this administration is done:

    *Money put in their savings account the year they were born earned almost 7% interest.
    *They have always had the right to burn the flag (only Iraqis will be able to do that).
    *RU486, the "morning after pill," has always been on the market.
    *Reindeer at Christmas have always distinguished between secular and religious decorations.

    They will wish he were back:
    *Jimmy Carter has always been an elder statesman.

  •  Beloit College (none)
    When Frank Zappa played there he said it was great to play in a town whose name sounded like a marble does when it's dropped into a toilet.

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Wed Aug 24, 2005 at 06:32:42 PM PDT

  •  71. Miss Piggy and Kermit in Disneyland? (none)
    They're in Disneyland? Really, since when? I always thought the Muppets were independent.

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