The function of a university is, then, first of all to help students discover themselves: to recognize themselves, and to identify who it is that chooses.
This description will be recognized at once as unconventional and, in fact, monastic. To put it in even more outrageous terms, the function of the university is to help men and women save their souls and, in so doing, to save their society.
In honor of the start of classes at Indiana Wesleyan today, here is a link to the College Mindset List published annually by Beloit College. Here are some highlights from the list for this year’s freshman class, generally born in 1990:
7. Gas stations have never fixed flats, but most serve cappuccino.
22. Clarence Thomas has always sat on the Supreme Court
32. There has always been Pearl Jam.
33. The Tonight Show has always been hosted by Jay Leno and started at 11:35 EST.
46. The Green Bay Packers (almost) always had the same starting quarterback.
50. They have never known life without Seinfeld references from a show about “nothing.”
51. Windows 3.0 operating system made IBM PCs user-friendly the year they were born.