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'Mindset list' looks at college freshmen born in 1996

BELOIT, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Bugs Bunny who? Today's college freshmen have always watched Homer Simpson cartoons on Sunday nights, and not Bugs Bunny on Saturday mornings. That's just one of the items in the annual "Beloit College Mindset List" -- 75 items that give professors an idea of what their students' worlds are like.

Most of this fall's college freshmen were born in 1996. To them, a selfie with a celebrity is much more cherished than an autograph -- and the pound sign on the phone has always been the Twitter hash-tag. They never heard of the old Internet browser "Netscape."

For today's college kids, the N-B-A has always had female referees -- AIDS was never the death sentence that older people saw in the 1980's -- cloning has always been real -- everybody has always loved Raymond -- and Jon-Benet Ramsey was never alive in the students' lifetimes.

Finally, the Beloit Mindset list shows many of us how old we're getting. It says Madonna's daughter Lourdes is going to college this fall -- and so is Sylvester Stallone's daughter Sophia. Beloit College officials Tom McBride and Ron Nief have assembled the Mindset List each year since 1998.