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Citadel News Service
10 Aug 2011

The Class of 2015 - What Berlin Wall?

Today's college freshmen are coming of age in the technology era

The year most of them were born gas cost about $1.16 a gallon, you could see a movie for $4 and the average single family home cost $113,200. Unlike their parents, they have always surfed the Internet, texted and connected with their friends on My Space and Facebook. 


The year was 1993 – Bill Clinton was president, Knots Landing and Cheers went off the air, Prince changed his name to a symbol, and Sleepless in Seattle and Jurassic Park were setting box office records on their way to becoming movie classics.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, The Citadel’s Class of 2015 will arrive for academic orientation and military training. Between 725 and 750 freshmen are expected to report. Their arrival could mark the 5th consecutive year that The Citadel has enrolled a freshmen class of more than 700 students.

Today’s college freshmen are less likely to know or understand the cultural references familiar to their professors. For example Clint Eastwood is a Hollywood director, not Dirty Harry. What Berlin Wall? And according to the annual Mindset List from Beloit College in Wisconsin, “off the hook” has never had anything to do with a telephone for today’s college freshmen.


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The Mindset List started as a witty way of saying to faculty colleagues "watch your references," but has turned into a globally reported and use guide to the intelligent if unprepared adolescent consciousness. It is part serious, part fun.

“The last thing a good professor wants to do is to appear out of touch, and it’s about more than coming across as ‘uncool.’ It can actually compromise the individual’s credibility,” said Steve Nida, a social psychologist who also is dean of The Citadel Graduate College.”

The freshmen will report to their barracks between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday where they will be assigned rooms and will be issued physical training uniforms. They begin academic orientation that day. Next week military training begins. Commandant of Cadets Col. Leo Mercado, USMC retired, and Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, USAF retired, will address the class. In addition, the cadet recruits will get their haircuts and cadet store supplies. 

The Class of 2015 will be sworn in as cadet recruits at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, during a 15-minute ceremony on Summerall Field. The swearing in will be streamed over the web. A link to the web cast will appear on the college's homepage at

News reporters and photographers interested in covering matriculation of the Class of 2015 can call 843-953-2155 or email for more information.

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