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RandomAnthony | 14536 comments The Beloit College Mindset list for the class of 2014 was released this morning. Start feeling old...now!


The Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2014

Most students entering college for the first time this fall—the Class of 2014—were born in 1992.

For these students, Benny Hill, Sam Kinison, Sam Walton, Bert Parks and Tony Perkins have always been dead.

1. Few in the class know how to write in cursive.

2. Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.

3. “Go West, Young College Grad” has always implied “and don’t stop until you get to Asia…and learn Chinese along the way.”

4. Al Gore has always been animated.

5. Los Angelinos have always been trying to get along.

6. Buffy has always been meeting her obligations to hunt down Lothos and the other blood-suckers at Hemery High.

7. “Caramel macchiato” and “venti half-caf vanilla latte” have always been street corner lingo.

8. With increasing numbers of ramps, Braille signs, and handicapped parking spaces, the world has always been trying harder to accommodate people with disabilities.

9. Had it remained operational, the villainous computer HAL could be their college classmate this fall, but they have a better chance of running into Miley Cyrus’s folks on Parents’ Weekend.

10. A quarter of the class has at least one immigrant parent, and the immigration debate is not a big priority…unless it involves “real” aliens from another planet.

11. John McEnroe has never played professional tennis.

12. Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry.

13. Parents and teachers feared that Beavis and Butt-head might be the voice of a lost generation.

14. Doctor Kevorkian has never been licensed to practice medicine.

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

16. Korean cars have always been a staple on American highways.

17. Trading Chocolate the Moose for Patti the Platypus helped build their Beanie Baby collection.

18. Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.

19. They never twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrists while chatting on the phone.

20. DNA fingerprinting and maps of the human genome have always existed.

21. Woody Allen, whose heart has wanted what it wanted, has always been with Soon-Yi Previn.

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

23. Leasing has always allowed the folks to upgrade their tastes in cars.

24. “Cop Killer” by rapper Ice-T has never been available on a recording.

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

26. Unless they found one in their grandparents’ closet, they have never seen a carousel of Kodachrome slides.

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

28. They’ve never recognized that pointing to their wrists was a request for the time of day.

29. Reggie Jackson has always been enshrined in Cooperstown.

30. “Viewer Discretion” has always been an available warning on TV shows.

31. The first computer they probably touched was an Apple II; it is now in a museum.

32. Czechoslovakia has never existed.

33. Second-hand smoke has always been an official carcinogen.

34. “Assisted Living” has always been replacing nursing homes, while Hospice has always been an alternative to hospitals.

35. Once they got through security, going to the airport has always resembled going to the mall.

36. Adhesive strips have always been available in varying skin tones.

37. Whatever their parents may have thought about the year they were born, Queen Elizabeth declared it an “Annus Horribilis.”

38. Bud Selig has always been the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

39. Pizza jockeys from Domino’s have never killed themselves to get your pizza there in under 30 minutes.

40. There have always been HIV positive athletes in the Olympics.

41. American companies have always done business in Vietnam.

42. Potato has always ended in an “e” in New Jersey per vice presidential edict.

43. Russians and Americans have always been living together in space.

44. The dominance of television news by the three networks passed while they were still in their cribs.

45. They have always had a chance to do community service with local and federal programs to earn money for college.

46. Nirvana is on the classic oldies station.

47. Children have always been trying to divorce their parents.

48. Someone has always gotten married in space.

49. While they were babbling in strollers, there was already a female Poet Laureate of the United States.

50. Toothpaste tubes have always stood up on their caps.

51. Food has always been irradiated.

52. There have always been women priests in the Anglican Church.

53. J.R. Ewing has always been dead and gone. Hasn’t he?

54. The historic bridge at Mostar in Bosnia has always been a copy.

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

56. They may have assumed that parents’ complaints about Black Monday had to do with punk rockers from L.A., not Wall Street.

57. A purple dinosaur has always supplanted Barney Google and Barney Fife.

58. Beethoven has always been a dog.

59. By the time their folks might have noticed Coca Cola’s new Tab Clear, it was gone.

60. Walmart has never sold handguns over the counter in the lower 48.

61. Presidential appointees have always been required to be more precise about paying their nannies’ withholding tax, or else.

62. Having hundreds of cable channels but nothing to watch has always been routine.

63. Their parents’ favorite TV sitcoms have always been showing up as movies.

64. The U.S, Canada, and Mexico have always agreed to trade freely.

65. They first met Michelangelo when he was just a computer virus.

66. Galileo is forgiven and welcome back into the Roman Catholic Church.

67. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has always sat on the Supreme Court.

68. They have never worried about a Russian missile strike on the U.S.

69. The Post Office has always been going broke.

70. The artist formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg has always been rapping.

71. The nation has never approved of the job Congress is doing.

72. One way or another, “It’s the economy, stupid” and always has been.

73. Silicone-gel breast implants have always been regulated.

74. They’ve always been able to blast off with the Sci-Fi Channel.

75. Honda has always been a major competitor on Memorial Day at Indianapolis.

message 2: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I was going to post that too!
I have to say, some of these say way more about the mindset of the person compiling the list. I don't think anyone in that class cares about Woody Allen and Soon-Yi.

And many computers have lacked a CD-Rom drive for several years now (since the first lamp-shaped iMac).

message 3: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Heh. This one threw me...

6. Buffy has always been meeting her obligations to hunt down Lothos and the other blood-suckers at Hemery High.

Um...does the creator of this list not know there was a tv show?

message 4: by Sarah (last edited Aug 17, 2010 01:07PM) (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I meant to ask what that means. Is that what's going on in the comic right now? Or was that what happened in the original movie? I can't remember.

message 5: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I thought it was maybe the plot of the original movie. Anyone?

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RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Also, what was up with the cursive one? My kids still learn how to write cursive. We've talked about cursive before. I don't think cursive is completely unknown to kids.

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janine | 7715 comments the person who made this list might be more ignorant about kids than he thinks kids are.

message 8: by Brittomart (last edited Aug 17, 2010 01:45PM) (new)

Brittomart Who made that list? I didn't get half of the references, but I don't think that's because I'm Class of 2013.

and Nirvana is not on the classic oldies station. But come on, is that person implying that I don't know who Beethoven is because I'm young?

But that cursive one is really true because I have no idea how to write in cursive. When I sign my name, it's just squiggles. That part of the SAT was the hardest for EVERYONE in the room.

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Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments There's a cursive writing section of the SAT?

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) How useful is it to know cursive in today's day and age? I rarely hand write anything, and when I do it's usually a short-hand list.

As a child I used to love to write in cursive because it felt so pretty, but as an adult my writing has been reduced to chicken scratch.

I see the value in cursive being taught at the elementary school level, but to include it on the SAT? That seems strange to me.

message 11: by Brittomart (new)

Brittomart It's not for points. It's a section after the test is finished, you have to copy a paragraph in cursive that says you didn't cheat, basically.

message 12: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Can you print, or do you have to write in cursive?

message 13: by Brittomart (new)

Brittomart No, you have to write it in cursive.

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Lobstergirl | 24075 comments Mod
I didn't know adhesive strips were available in varying skin tones. Where can I get some in slightly pale, with a couple moles? And I bet few of those kids have heard of John McEnroe, Dr. Kevorkian, Clint Eastwood, Bud Selig, or J.R. Ewing.

I haven't written in cursive since 6th grade.

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Félix (habitseven) I would write while cursing.

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I could write while cursing but would rarely write curses.

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Dr. Detroit | 6017 comments 76. Rock and roll stars have always been discovered at the Mickey Mouse Club instead of the Marquee Club.

77. Merchandise purchased anywhere has always been made by the finest craftsmen in China’s child-labor pool.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments RandomAnthony wrote: "Heh. This one threw me...

6. Buffy has always been meeting her obligations to hunt down Lothos and the other blood-suckers at Hemery High.

Um...does the creator of this list not know there was..."

That's the movie, yes.

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ms.petra (mspetra) the list above is my life with a 1992 child! :D

Rachel (aka. Kaiserin Sisi) (looney-lovegood) | 8 comments Random: Beloit is one of my top college choices!

As a high school senior, a few of my classmates can write in cursive, but most of us are completely inept when it comes to writing in cursive. I wouldn't agree with all of this list, but some of it seems spot on.

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Michele bookloverforever (lovebooks14) | 1970 comments I went to roman catholic schools. I had sister mary aloysius (OSM) who would walk up and down the aisles in 2nd grade (that's when you began to learn how to write in cursive) and if your fingers and hands and pencils were not positioned in the approved Palmer Pen method, out would come the ruler and whack,she would strike and then postion everything properly and watch you until you were doing it properly. After the 2nd grade the nuns' rule was: if I cannot read your homework,test answers it is an automatic "F". I can still write legibly but it is not exactly Palmer Pen but it is generally legible. I enjoy writing honest to god paper letters in cursive which I send snail mail. I hope someday, some archaeologist will find a few and wonder who the hell I was.

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Coquille Fleur (shellflower) I have a job in a complaints dept. at an insurance company and we have to read many letters written by seniors in cursive on kitten/American flag/country stationary all the time. It may be one of the last careers left where reading someone's handwriting really matters.

We actually have to know what that stuff says. Also, when I was in Waldorf Teacher training, we were required to write papers in cursive, typed papers were not allowed.

Cursive was thought to be faster for taking notes back in the 70's and 80's.

message 23: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11605 comments My son is picking up cursive writing on his own incentive. Next year (third grade) it's part of the curriculum.

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