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The Class of 2005

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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 the year's incoming freshman. Here is the list for the Class of 2005:

  • 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 pens.
  • Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums. The expression "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.

Feeling old Yet? There's more:

  • 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 Jaws.
  • 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!"
  • They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. was. Michael Jackson has always been white. Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not bands...
  • There has always been MTV. They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.

Web Site New Forum To Discuss Rose President

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Apparently Dr. Midgley is "controversial" enough to warrant a website dedicated to discussing him:

A Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student has developed a Web site that provides a forum for discussion about the college's controversial new president, Jack Midgley. is not part of the college's Web site.

Personally, I'm sick of it already. All the rumor-mongering and chcken littles acting like Midgley is the end of Rose-Hulman. To be fair, anybody would be the end of Rose-Hulman as we knew it under Sammy. As with any outstanding administrator, no replacement could hope to replicate him - then again, nor should any replacement want to, or even want to try. The Midgley administration needs to be the Midgley administration, not the Hulbert administration redux.

Here's my first post on the forum:

From my experiences with Dr. Midgley, I think he is a great addition to Rose-Hulman. Dr. Midgley is not Sam Hulbert; he never will be - nor will anyone else. Thus, his style of administration will not be the same as Hulbert's.

Being on the outside, having graduated five years ago, and therefore not having quite the same emotional attachment as current students and faculty, I can say from my perspective that Dr. Midgley will be positive.

His business acumen and vision for the Institute are much-needed in a world in which the nature of post-secondary education will be facing drastic change in the near future.

Personally, I applaud his action to remove the "We're #1" banners; I never liked them - they seemed to me to be too much like boasting. I much prefer the focus to be on where we are going, not where we are, or where we have been. Would we rather revel in our past accomplishments as #1, proclaiming that status proudly to the world, or work diligently to continue to set the standard for undergraduate engineering education, confident in knowing we are Number 1, whether or not we plaster it across campus?

Change is inevitable in the real world. In every instance of change, there are some who will embrace it from the onset, some who will hesitate, some who will come along after some time and convincing, and some who will resist change at all costs. Rose-Hulman is right now going through this process. Those who will always resist any change are right now making the most noise.

Call me one of the early-adopters. Whether with Dr. Midgley or his successor, change will happen. Personally, I think the change Dr. Midgley brings is good for Rose-Hulman.

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