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Ready to feel old? Meet the Class of 2014

Jenna Johnson

Later this month, a fresh new crop of freshmen will start college classes. Most of them were born in 1992 and likely 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 mentally review their cultural references and figure out which ones these young whippersnappers will understand. Luckily, they have the help of Beloit College in Wisconsin.

Ever 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 catalog.

Here are some of my favorite things off The Class of 2014 Mindset List:

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

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

* Al Gore has always been animated.

* Rock bands have always played at presidential inaugural parties.

* Doctor 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.

* Czechoslovakia has never existed.

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

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

* Nirvana is on the classic oldies station.

Again, you can read the full Class of 2014 Mindset List on Beloit's Web site.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  August 17, 2010; 12:38 PM ET
Categories:  College 101  | Tags: Beloit, College 101  
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Comments

From the original list:
http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2002.php

"There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what Beta is."

This year's class wonders "Just what is a VCR?"

Posted by: wiredog | August 17, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

How many of these entering freshmen will actually graduate in 2014? Will they stay in college? Graduate in 2014.5? 2015? 2016? Ever?

Posted by: jmsbh | August 18, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

For local college freshmen:
The Orioles have always called Camden Yards home,
Peter Angelos has always owned the Orioles

Posted by: EHarvison | August 18, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

This is unsettling, and now we need a pep talk. ~ Pep Talk guys (http://ineedapeptalk.wordpress.com/)

We don't/can't speak Starbucks.

Posted by: joeysch | August 18, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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