The Class of 2005



Just in case you weren't feeling old enough today, this will
certainly change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in
Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the Faculty a sense
of the mindset of this year's incoming freshman. Here is this
year's list:

The people who are starting college this fall across the nation
were born in 1983. They have no meaningful recollection of the
Reagan Era and probably did not know he had ever been shot.

They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged. There
has been only one Pope in their lifetime. They were 10 when the
Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold War.

They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
Tianamen Square means nothing to them. Bottle caps have always
been screw off and plastic and there have always been ball point

Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.The statement "You sound
like a broken record" means nothing to them. They have never owned
a record player. They have likely never played Pac Man and have
never heard of Pong.

They may have never heard of an 8 track. The Compact Disc was
introduced when they were one year old.

They have always had an answering machine. Most have never seen a
TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black and white TV.
They have always had cable.

There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what BETA was.
They cannot fathom not having a remote control. They don't know what
a cloth baby diaper is, or know about the "Help me, I've fallen and I can't
! get up" commercial.

They were born the year that Walkmen were introduced by Sony.
Roller skating has always meant inline for them. Jay Leno has
always been on the Tonight Show. They have no idea when or why
Jordache jeans were cool.

Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave. They have never
seen Larry Bird play. They never took a swim and thought about

The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as WWI, WWII and the
Civil War. They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage
in Iran. They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.

They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.(The correct
answer, by the way, is Ork) They never heard: "Where's the beef?",
"I'd walk a mile for a Camel," or "De plane, de plane!"

There has always been MTV. They don't have a clue how to use a