Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Excerpts from "The Mindset List"

Welcome back to Ashland University! Here's wishing everyone a happy and productive semester.

Every year Beloit College publishes "The Mindset List," a list of the "cultural touchstones" that have shaped the development of that year's entering freshman class. Here are a few taken from that list.

For those entering college this year (i.e., the Class of 2015):

Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.
Their school's "blackboards" have always been getting smarter.
Amazon has never been just a river in South America.
Refer to LBJ, and they might assume you're talking about LeBron James.
O.J. Simpson has always been looking for the killers of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
There has never been an official Communist party in Russia.
Jimmy Carter has always been a smiling elderly man who shows up on TV to promote fair elections and disaster relief.
Music has always been available via free downloads.
Sears has never sold anything out of a Big Book that could also serve as a doorstop.
Russian courts have always had juries.
No state has ever failed to observe Martin Luther King Day.
They've broken up with their significant others via texting, Facebook, or MySpace.
Major League Baseball has never had fewer than three divisions....
Folks in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have always been able to energize with Pepsi Cola.
Andy Warhol is a museum in Pittsburgh.

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