The Colgate Scene
January 2005

The Class of 2008

Every year, Beloit College publishes its widely distributed Mindset List, which provides an enlightening picture of the world in which American college first-year students have grown up. Below is a sampling from this year's list:

  • Most students entering college this fall were born in 1986.
  • Desi Arnaz, Orson Welles, Roy Orbison, Ted Bundy, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Cary Grant have always been dead.
  • Photographs have always been processed in an hour or less.
  • Baby Jessica could be a classmate.
  • Alan Greenspan has always been setting the nation's financial direction.
  • There have always been night games at Wrigley Field.
  • They never saw USA Today or the Christian Science Monitor as a TV news program.
  • Computers have always suffered from viruses.
  • We have always been mapping the human genome.
  • AZT has always been used to treat AIDS.
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