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Airplane ‘Tickets’? Radios? Not for Class of 2016

Creatas/Thinkstock(BELOIT, Wis.) -- Remember paper airline tickets?  Or when you used to watch only TV on television, and listen to music solely on a radio?

In 1994, when this generation of incoming college freshmen was born, Kurt Cobain and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis would die, Nelson Mandela would become president of South Africa, O.J. Simpson would be arrested and accused of murdering his wife and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show would be a year away from ending its long run.

Each August since 1998, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., has released the Beloit College Mindset List.  Co-created by Tom McBride and Ron Nief, the list has become a key look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college each fall.

This year’s list, released Tuesday, says Michael Jackson’s family -- not the Kennedys -- constitutes U.S. royalty to this generation of college freshmen.  Those freshmen might never have seen a paper airplane ticket, and many of them will enter college with significant hearing loss, the list said.

Nief told ABC News Tuesday night that he and McBride conceived of the list to remind college educators of the need to keep their references current.  Nief said there was a lot of discussion back then from older people who thought that younger folks were not as smart as they themselves had been when they were young.

“There were a lot of lists starting to show up on what was a relatively new thing at that point, the Web, and a lot of them were kind of mean-spirited.  They involved ‘these kids aren’t very smart, they’re not as smart as I was.’  And we figured this was sort of baby boomer arrogance,” Nief said.

He and McBride were talking “and decided that it had nothing to do with the knowledge that these students had, it was the experiences in their lives, that they had a different set of experiences that made them different, and we started putting those things that had never been true for them, or had always been true that weren’t true for their parents, and we started to put this list together and it circulated,” he said.

Nief and McBride follow trends, scour media and talk to young people and their parents in order to come up with their lists every year.  The list also has a Facebook page, which provides lots of valuable feedback from parents and their children.

“We hear almost daily from parents telling us about what we call mindset moments, about situations where they’re talking to their kids and suddenly realize they’re getting a blank stare back, that [the children] really don’t get what they’re talking about.  On the other hand, we get notes from young people saying, ‘I wish my parents would stop calling my CDs ‘tapes,’” Nief added.


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Indiana Body Not Missing College Student Lauren Spierer

Blair Wallach(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The body found in an Indiana creek Sunday is not that of missing college student Lauren Spierer, the Marion County Coroner's Office in Indianapolis said Tuesday.

"It appears as though this is an African-American female and not that of Lauren Spierer," Chief Deputy Coroner Alfie Ballew said.

A forensic pathologist and forensic anthropologist have determined that the "physical structural characteristics" of the body, including bone structure of the face, dental structure of the mouth and hair on the head, indicate that the body does not belong to Spierer.

The autopsy is ongoing and the coroner's office will work with the Indianapolis Police Department to determine the victim's identity and cause of death. While the process, which will involve microscopic sampling, might take up to several weeks, the cause of death might never be determined.

The body was discovered Sunday night at Fall Creek, located about 65 miles north of Bloomington, Ind., where missing Indiana University student Spierer was last seen June 3.

Witnesses reportedly spotted the body floating in the water at the creek's edge just before 7 p.m.

"Once we find out who she is, then we can backtrack and try to determine the events that led to her demise," said Kendale Adams, Indianapolis police public information officer to ABC's local affiliate WRTV.

Spierer was last seen at 4:30 a.m. at the intersection of 11th street and College Avenue, walking home to her apartment after a night out at Kilroy's Sports Bar and, later, a friend's party. Surveillance footage from her apartment at Smallwood Plaza shows that she never returned home. The last trace of the missing student was her keys, found one block away from where she was last seen.

Police in Bloomington have named 10 persons of interest in their ongoing investigation, including Jesse Wolf, Spierer's boyfriend who first reported her disappearance, and Jason Rosenbaum, the last person to admit seeing Spierer.

Sunday marked one month since the 4-foot-11, 95-pound fashion major disappeared.

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Tyler Clementi's Family May Sue Rutgers University After Suicide

Photo Courtesy - Tyler Clementi/ Facebook(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- The family of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University freshman who leapt to his death after allegedly being filmed during a gay sexual encounter, intends to sue the school for not doing enough to protect their son.

In a statement, Rutgers said the family has filed a notice with the university to ensure that the family has legal options in the coming months.

"A notice of tort claim is not a lawsuit.  There is a statutory period of six months after such a filing for the family to decide if they want to file a lawsuit," said E.J. Miranda, Rutgers spokeswoman, in a statement.

"We at the university share the family's sense of loss of their son, who was a member of our community," said Miranda.  "We also recognize that a grieving family may question whether someone or some institution could somehow have responsibility for their son's death.  While the university understands this reaction, the university is not responsible for Tyler Clementi's suicide."

This is not the first legal action taken against the university since Clementi's September suicide.  In October, Rutgers was asked by investigators to turn over e-mails exchanged between the institution and Clementi.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office subpoenaed the New Jersey university for the e-mails, which may shed light on whether Clementi had requested a room change prior to the videotaping incident that was a precursor to his suicide, officials told ABC News.

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Ex-Boyfriend Charged in Death of College Student

Photo Courtesy - findjennilyn(dot)com(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Onondaga County, New York District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said on Saturday officials had treated the ex-boyfriend of a missing college student as a witness but knew all along he was the prime suspect in the disappearance of 20-year-old Jenni-Lyn Watson.  Watson's body was found Saturday in a park near her suburban Syracuse, N.Y., home, in a marsh behind the playing fields. 

Steven Pieper, 21, pleaded not guilty in town court, where he is charged with second-degree murder.  Officials say he and Watson had been romantically involved, off-and-on, for about a year and a half but Watson broke it off in October.

She came home for Thanksgiving from college in Pennsylvania, where she was a dance major and disappeared from her parents' home Nov. 19.  Hundreds of searchers combed the countryside looking for her, finally discovering the body Saturday in Clay Central Park. 

Authorities say they do not have any eyewitness reports linking Pieper to the Watson home, where they believe the girl was murdered.  They are asking neighbors to contact authorities if they saw Pieper's black Volkswagen in the neighborhood on the day Jenni-Lyn Watson disappeared.

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Body Found Where Searchers Look for Missing College Student

Photo Courtesy - findjennilynwatson [dot] com(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Officials in central New York have found a body in a park where they were searching for a 20-year-old woman missing since Nov. 19.  Jenni-Lyn Watson had returned home from college to her family's suburban Syracuse home.

Positive identification had not been made Saturday afternoon but Onondaga County officials say "logic and common sense" suggest the body of a young woman found four miles from the girl's home suggest the remains are those of Watson.  Her family was notified Saturday afternoon, shortly after the discovery in a town park, in a marshy area behind snow-dusted playing fields.

Police had been seeking information on Watson's relationships and also on a dark pickup truck seen in Watson's neighborhood in the town of Clay, N.Y., about the same time she went missing.

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