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Monday, August 23, 2010

An Aug. 17 excerpt from Jenna Johnson's blog on students and newsmakers at colleges nationwide.

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Later this month, a new crop of freshmen will start college classes. Most of them were born in 1992 and probably don't know how to write in cursive. To them, Clint Eastwood is a director, not Dirty Harry, and "venti half-caf vanilla latte" has always been a logical series of words.

Each year, college professors have to review their cultural references and figure out which ones the young whippersnappers will understand. Luckily, they have help from Beloit College in Wisconsin.

Since 1998, Beloit has released a "Mindset List" to introduce the incoming freshman class. It started as a way to keep professors hip and has evolved into a culture catalogue.

Here are some of my favorite things from the Class of 2014 Mindset List:

-- Leno and Letterman have always been trading insults on opposing networks.

-- Computers have never lacked a CD-ROM drive.

-- Al Gore has always been animated.

-- Rock bands have always played at presidential inaugural parties.

-- Dr. Kevorkian has never been licensed to practice medicine.

-- Colorful lapel ribbons have always been worn to indicate support for a cause.

-- Cross-burning has always been deemed protected speech.


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