The Mindset List: 2019 List

Beloit College Releases the Mindset List for This Year’s Entering Class of First-Year College Students, The Class of 2019

 

Beloit, Wis. —  Members of the entering college class of 2019 were mostly born in 1997 and have never licked a postage stamp, have assumed that  Wi-Fi is an entitlement, and have no first-hand experience of Princess Diana’s charismatic celebrity.

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. For this year’s entering class there has always been Google; Email, informal to previous Millennials, has emerged as “the new formal” for them, while texting and other social media serve as the wild and wooly mode of exchange. Teachers have had to work overtime encouraging them to move beyond the Web and consult sources in books and journals. And Poland has always been a member of NATO, suggesting that Mr. Putin’s heartburn about Western expansion is at least as old as the new college kids are.

“The Class of 2019 will enter college with high technology an increasing factor in how and even what they learn,” said Charles Westerberg, Director of the Liberal Arts in Practice Center and Brannon-Ballard Professor of Sociology at Beloit College. “They will encounter difficult discussions about privilege, race, and sexual assault on campus. They may think of the ‘last century’ as the twentieth, not the nineteenth, so they will need ever wider perspectives about the burgeoning mass of information that will be heading their way. And they will need a keen ability to decipher what is the same and what has changed with respect to many of these issues.”

In fairness to the members of the entering class, this year’s Mindset List also includes an addendum of terms that faculty need to understand if they are going to communicate effectively.

The Beloit College Mindset List, which this year is as old as the entering students themselves, is created by Ron Nief, Emeritus Director of Public Affairs; Tom McBride, Emeritus Professor of English; and Charles Westerberg. Additional items on the list as well as commentaries and guides are found at www.beloit.edu/mindset and www.themindsetlist.comRegular updates and discussions are on Facebook and Twitter.

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JURIST – Federal judge orders release of immigrant children from detention centers

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[JURIST] Judge Dolly Gee of the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] on Friday upheld [order, PDF] her July decision [JURIST report] and ordered the government to release immigrant children held in family detention centers, “without necessary delay.” The original ruling [opinion, PDF] found that the current Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] method of detaining children with their mothers violates a 1997 court settlement. The settlement bars children from being detained in unlicensed secure facilities. 

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Pro Se Centers Help Even the Odds for Litigants Without Lawyers | United States Courts

When litigants come to federal court without a lawyer, they are at a

disadvantage. Even if their case is strong, they can easily get lost in

a maze of procedural rules and arcane terminology. A single error can

doom their chances, long before a trial date is set.

In the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, that is changing. Since late

March, an innovative program has provided critical legal help to more

than 150 low-income pro se litigants, who file or must defend civil

lawsuits without a lawyer.

In Brooklyn, and in similar programs in a half-dozen federal courts,

clerk’s staff and judges refer pro se litigants to on-site centers,

where lawyers hired by bar associations and nonprofits assist with

strategizing, document drafting and procedural guidance, but do not

directly represent litigants in court. In most courts, pro se assistance

is given by clerk’s staff, who can answer technical and process

questions, but must not give legal advice.

“The goal of this program is to provide much needed legal assistance to

our pro se community,” said Chief Judge Carol B. Amon, Eastern District

of New York, at a recent ribbon-cutting. “Pro se cases represent a very

significant part of our docket. The program is showing early promise of

great success.” 

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Legal Loop: Wearable tech data as evidence in the courtroom | NY Daily Record

Nicole Black, Esq.:

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However in recent months, the tide has begun to turn. I first noticed this when I was speaking on a panel about wearable technology last month in San Francisco at Legaltech West Coast. Toward the end of our talk, an audience member raised the issue of requesting the plaintiff’s Fitbit data during the discovery phase of personal injury cases. For many in the room, it was as if a light bulb suddenly went off. Their eyes lit up and they began nodding their heads in unison. Suddenly they realized that perhaps wearables were relevant to lawyers after all.

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Read more: http://nydailyrecord.com/blog/2015/08/14/legal-loop-wearable-tech-data-as-evidence-in-the-courtroom/#ixzz3j6OpRW9l

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2015 | The Webby Awards–From The Scout Report

The Webby Awards

http://www.webbyawards.com/winners/2015/

The Internet is big. Really big. In fact, as of the time of this writing, there are over 900 million websites to navigate on the World Wide Web. So how do you choose the best, the most innovative, the most useful, the most beautiful? Every year, the Webby Awards does just that. Readers will find much to explore on the Webby Awards’ website. The site can be scouted by category, including Special Achievement, Websites, Online Film & Video, Advertising & Media, Mobile Sites & Apps, and Social. Within each category, awards are meted out by subcategory. For instance, within Websites, there are awards for Art, Best use of Photography, Best User Experience, and many others. For a trip down memory lane, the site can also be searched by year, all the way back to 1997. While not all winners of the Webby Awards are equally academic, there are plenty of interesting and educational website recommendations for Scout Readers on the site.[CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015. https://www.scout.wisc.edu

New York Justice Denies Habeas Corpus Relief for Hercules and Leo Given Precedent Set in Previous Case, ‘For Now’

July 30, 2015– New York County Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe issued a 33-page decision in the case of the chimpanzees Hercules and Leo, held in captivity in a Stony Brook University laboratory.

Justice Jaffe denied habeas corpus relief to Hercules and Leo only because, as she wrote, “for now” she is bound by the intermediate appellate court decision in Tommy’s case, which is before the Court of Appeals seeking further review. 

Read the decision here.

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NSBA issues guide on the impact of Obergefell same-sex marriage decision on school districts

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The National School Boards Association (NSBA), along with two other key education groups, has issued a guide, titled “Same Sex Marriage – What the Obergefell Decision Means for School 

Districts,” 

It discusses the legal impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___, 2015 WL 2473451 (June 26, 2015), on local school board policies.

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