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Welcome Freshman (Class of 2011)

Posted by Stand Clear 
Welcome Freshman (Class of 2011)
August 22, 2007 12:54PM
Each year Beloit College has prepared a list so it's faculty can better understand the mindset of incoming freshmen.

BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST® FOR THE CLASS OF 2011

Most of the students entering College this fall, members of the Class of 2011, were born in 1989. For them, Alvin Ailey, Andrei Sakharov, Huey Newton, Emperor Hirohito, Ted Bundy, Abbie Hoffman, and Don the Beachcomber have always been dead.

1. What Berlin wall?
2. Humvees, minus the artillery, have always been available to the public.
3. Rush Limbaugh and the “Dittoheads” have always been lambasting liberals.
4. They never “rolled down” a car window.
5. Michael Moore has always been angry and funny.
6. They may confuse the Keating Five with a rock group.
7. They have grown up with bottled water.Bottled Water
8. General Motors has always been working on an electric car.
9. Nelson Mandela has always been free and a force in South Africa.
10. Pete Rose has never played baseball.
11. Rap music has always been mainstream.
12. Religious leaders have always been telling politicians what to do, or else!
13. “Off the hook” has never had anything to do with a telephone.
14. Music has always been “unplugged.”
15. Russia has always had a multi-party political system.
16. Women have always been police chiefs in major cities.
17. They were born the year Harvard Law Review Editor Barack Obama announced he might run for office some day.
18. The NBA season has always gone on and on and on and on.
19. Classmates could include Michelle Wie, Jordin Sparks, and Bart Simpson.
20. Half of them may have been members of the Baby-sitters Club.
21. Eastern Airlines has never “earned their wings” in their lifetime.
22. No one has ever been able to sit down comfortably to a meal of “liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
23. Wal-Mart has always been a larger retailer than Sears and has always employed more workers than GM.
24. Being “lame” has to do with being dumb or inarticulate, not disabled.
25. Wolf Blitzer has always been serving up the news on CNN.
26. Katie Couric has always had screen cred.
27. Al Gore has always been running for president or thinking about it.
28. They never found a prize in a Coca-Cola “MagiCan.”
29. They were too young to understand Judas Priest’s subliminal messages.
30. When all else fails, the Prozac defense has always been a possibility.
31. Multigrain chips have always provided healthful junk food.
32. They grew up in Wayne’s World.
33. U2 has always been more than a spy plane.
34. They were introduced to Jack Nicholson as “The Joker.”
35. Stadiums, rock tours and sporting events have always had corporate names.
36. American rock groups have always appeared in Moscow.
37. Commercial product placements have been the norm in films and on TV.
38. On Parents’ Day on campus, their folks could be mixing it up with Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz with daughter Zöe, or Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford with son Cody.
39. Fox has always been a major network.
40. They drove their parents crazy with the Beavis and Butt-Head laugh.
41. The “Blue Man Group” has always been everywhere.
42. Women’s studies majors have always been offered on campus.
43. Being a latchkey kid has never been a big deal.
44. Thanks to MySpace and Facebook, autobiography can happen in real time.
45. They learned about JFK from Oliver Stone and Malcolm X from Spike Lee.
46. Most phone calls have never been private.
47. High definition television has always been available.
48. Microbreweries have always been ubiquitous.
49. Virtual reality has always been available when the real thing failed.
50. Smoking has never been allowed in public spaces in France.
51. China has always been more interested in making money than in reeducation.
52. Time has always worked with Warner.
53. Tiananmen Square is a 2008 Olympics venue, not the scene of a massacre.
54. The purchase of ivory has always been banned.
55. MTV has never featured music videos.
56. The space program has never really caught their attention except in disasters.
57. Jerry Springer has always been lowering the level of discourse on TV.
58. They get much more information from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert than from the newspaper.
59. They’re always texting 1 n other.
60. They will encounter roughly equal numbers of female and male professors in the classroom.
61. They never saw Johnny Carson live on television.
62. They have no idea who Rusty Jones was or why he said “goodbye to rusty cars.”
63. Avatars have nothing to do with Hindu deities.
64. Chavez has nothing to do with iceberg lettuce and everything to do with oil.
65. Illinois has been trying to ban smoking since the year they were born.
66. The World Wide Web has been an online tool since they were born.
67. Chronic fatigue syndrome has always been debilitating and controversial.
68. Burma has always been Myanmar.
69. Dilbert has always been ridiculing cubicle culture.
70. Food packaging has always included nutritional labeling.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/22/2007 01:15PM by Stand Clear.
Re: Welcome Fresheman (Class of 2011)
August 22, 2007 01:02PM
63. Avatars have nothing to do with Hindu deities.

For me, the Avatar has always been the name of the player character in the Ultima series of computer games. ^_^
Re: Welcome Fresheman (Class of 2011)
August 23, 2007 11:00AM
I can totally relate to the gist of this list.

I wrote out a long philosophical paragraph regarding perspective differences as a function of age and the pluses and minuses of one's peer group being raised in a very different reality from one's own, but realized that in the end, there's no point in going on about that.

Those who would understand it, already do. Those who won't understand it for another decade or two wouldn't be interested in the first place.

And really - if you think about it - 10, 15, 20 years? They are only significant to us because of how our psyche processes things in the 3-D reality we spend most our consciousness in.

However,

they are nothing in the grand scheme of existence.

I think the Asian cultures had a good idea in honoring and respecting their elders. Much wisdom comes through life experience and today's seniors have seen a lot of life and change in the world. It's weird, though, because these very same people are also kind of locked into the world view of their upbringing too, and so are limited in analysis in the same ways that young people are, but to a lesser degree. (i know, i know, generalizations) We can all learn from each other through being open-minded and seeking the truth of situations and interactions. In this respect, age is not the issue.

ack

I said I wasn't going to go on about it and I did. It's pretty cool to think about, though. Time. Age. Experience. I'm really happy to have so many awesome younger friends. Wish there were more people over 35 hanging out in artistic places (ahem, noise shows) but really I'm just glad I can do it myself regardless.

Everybody's a star. Recognize.
Re: Welcome Freshman (Class of 2011)
August 23, 2007 11:41AM
I think the Asian cultures had a good idea in honoring and respecting their elders. Much wisdom comes through life experience and today's seniors have seen a lot of life and change in the world. It's weird, though, because these very same people are also kind of locked into the world view of their upbringing too, and so are limited in analysis in the same ways that young people are, but to a lesser degree.

Insert lame joke about parents having to ask their child to program the VCR.
Re: Welcome Freshman (Class of 2011)
August 30, 2007 06:37PM
The Class of 2021 (if the world doesn't end in 2012):

What's a VCR?
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