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	People -


	In the event that you might not have received this announcement
from another source, I thought everyone might enjoy seeing the Beloit
College Mindset List for the Class of 2009.





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	Subject: Beloit College Mindset List Class of 2009


	            Ron Nief
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	Beloit, Wis. - In the coming weeks, millions of students will be
entering college for the first time.  On average, these members of the
Class of 2009 will be 18 years old, which means they were born in 1987.
Starbucks, souped-up car stereos, telephone voicemail systems, and Bill
Gates have always been a part of their lives. 
	            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 and Director of
Public Affairs Ron Nief. 
	            McBride, who directs Beloit's First Year Initiatives
(FYI) program for entering students, notes that "This year's entering
students have grown up in a country where the main business has become
business, and where terrorism, from obscure beginnings, has built up
slowly but surely to become the threat it is today. Cable channels have
become as mainstream as the "Big 3" used to be, formality in dress has
become more quaint than ever, and Aretha Franklin, Kermit the Frog and
Jimmy Carter have become old-timers."
	            "Each year," according to Nief, " when Beloit
releases the Mindset List, it is the birth year of the entering students
that is the most disturbing fact for most readers. This year will come
as no exception and, once again, the faculty will remain the same age as
the students get younger."
	            The list is distributed to faculty on campus during
the New Student Days orientation.  According to McBride, "It is an
important reminder, as faculty start to show signs of 'hardening of the
references,' that we think about the touchstones and benchmarks of a
generation that has grown up with CNN, home computers, AIDS awareness,
digital cameras and the Bush political dynasty. We should also keep in
mind that these students missed out on the pleasures of  being tossed in
the back of a station wagon with a bunch of friends and told to keep the
noise down, walking in the woods without fearing Lyme Disease, or
setting out to try all of the 28 ice cream flavors at Howard Johnson's."
	            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, who are drawn from every
state and 50 countries.  It is always open to challenge, which has an
additional benefit in that it reminds us of students' varied
backgrounds. 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."

	Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2009

	Most students entering college this fall were born in 1987.
	1.         Andy Warhol, Liberace, Jackie Gleason, and Lee Marvin
have always been dead.
	2.         They don't remember when "cut and paste" involved
	3.         Heart-lung transplants have always been possible. 
	4.         Wayne Gretzky never played for Edmonton.
	5.         Boston has been working on "The Big Dig" all their
	6.         With little need to practice, most of them do not
know how to tie a tie.
	7.         Pay-Per-View television has always been an option.
	8.         They never had the fun of being thrown into the back
of a station wagon with six others.
	9.         Iran and Iraq have never been at war with each other.
	10.       They are more familiar with Greg Gumbel than with
Bryant Gumbel. 
	11.       Philip Morris has always owned Kraft Foods.
	12.       Al-Qaida has always existed with Osama bin Laden at
its head.
	13.       They learned to count with Lotus 1-2-3.
	14.       Car stereos have always rivaled home component
	15.       Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker have never preached on
	16.       Voice mail has always been available.
	17.       "Whatever" is not part of a question but an expression
of sullen rebuke.
	18.       The federal budget has always been more than a
trillion dollars.
	19.       Condoms have always been advertised on television.
	20.       They may have fallen asleep playing with their
Gameboys in the crib.
	21.       They have always had the right to burn the flag.
	22.       For daily caffeine emergencies, Starbucks has always
been around the corner.
	23.       Ferdinand Marcos has never been in charge of the
	24.       Money put in their savings account the year they were
born earned almost 7% interest. 
	25.       Bill Gates has always been worth at least a billion
	26.       Dirty dancing has always been acceptable. 
	27.       Southern fried chicken, prepared with a blend of 11
herbs and spices, has always been available in China. 
	28.       Michael Jackson has always been bad, and greed has
always been good. 
	29.       The Starship Enterprise has always looked dated.
	30.       Pixar has always existed.
	31.       There has never been a "fairness doctrine" at the FCC.

	32.       Judicial appointments routinely have been "Borked."
	33.       Aretha Franklin has always been in the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame.
	34.       There have always been zebra mussels in the Great
	35.       Police have always been able to search garbage without
a search warrant.
	36.       It has always been possible to walk from England to
mainland Europe on dry land. 
	37.       They have grown up in a single superpower world.
	38.       They missed the oat bran diet craze.
	39.       American Motors has never existed.
	40.       Scientists have always been able to see supernovas.
	41.       Les Miserables has always been on stage.
	42.       Halogen lights have always been available at home,
with a warning.
	43.       "Baby M" may be a classmate, and contracts with
surrogate mothers have always been legal.
	44.       RU486, the "morning after pill," has always been on
the market.
	45.       There has always been a pyramid in front of the Louvre
in Paris.
	46.       British Airways has always been privately owned.
	47.       Irradiated food has always been available but
	48.       Snowboarding has always been a popular winter pastime.
	49.       Libraries have always been the best centers for
computer technology and access to good software.
	50.       Biosphere 2 has always been trying to create a
revolution in the life sciences. 
	51.       The Hubble Telescope has always been focused on new
	52.       Researchers have always been looking for stem cells.
	53.       They do not remember "a kinder and gentler nation."
	54.       They never saw the shuttle Challenger fly.
	55.       The TV networks have always had cable partners.
	56.       Airports have always had upscale shops and
	57.       Black Americans have always been known as
	58.       They never saw Pat Sajak or Arsenio Hall host a late
night television show.
	59.       Matt Groening has always had a Life in Hell.
	60.       Salman Rushdie has always been watching over his
	61.       Digital cameras have always existed.
	62.       Tom Landry never coached the Cowboys.
	63.       Time Life and Warner Communications have always been
	64.       CNBC has always been on the air.
	65.       The Field of Dreams has always been drawing people to
	66.       They never saw a Howard Johnson's with 28 ice cream
	67.       Reindeer at Christmas have always distinguished
between secular and religious decorations.
	68.       Entertainment Weekly has always been on the newsstand.
	69.       Lyme Disease has always been a ticking concern in the
	70.       Jimmy Carter has always been an elder statesman.
	71.       Miss Piggy and Kermit have always dwelt in Disneyland.
	72.       Americas's Funniest Home Videos has always been on
	73.       Their nervous new parents heard C. Everett Koop
proclaim nicotine as addictive as heroin.
	74.       Lever has always been looking for 2000 parts to clean.
	75.       They have always been challenged to distinguish
between news and entertainment on cable TV. 


	August 24, 2005
	Copyright, Beloit College 2005

	Jenny Kilcoyne
	Office of Public Affairs
	Beloit College
	700 College Street
	Beloit, WI 53511
	Phone:(608) 363-2625
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