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College Frosh: Who are They? [Depressed]

White, middle-of-the-road, Catholic/atheist kids whose parents went to college and who want masters degrees in business/health.  They want better jobs and want to live a green, gay friendly, light on guns, heavy on taxes, health care providing, affirmative action-less world.  Okay, it’s not quite that simple, but those are some of the things that pop out in a study of this year’s freshmen by UCLA.  View a chart profiling the nationwide class of 2014 here.

The study also found record-low levels of emotional health though.

“The percentage of students reporting good or above-average emotional health dropped from 55.3 percent in 2009 to 51.9 percent in 2010, according to “The American Freshman: National Norms for Fall 2010” survey. That marks the lowest point since 1985, when the survey first asked the question.”

“College tuition is higher, so they feel the pressure to give their parents their money’s worth in terms of their academic performance,” she says. “There’s also a notion, and I think it’s probably true, that the better their grades are, the better chance they have at finding a job.”

Women were especially hard hit in their emotional health levels.  Remember folks, OBHS is always there for you (except maybe snow days?).  But, in their attempts to further the depression, commenters on the NYT Facebook page were not so understanding:

  • “Welcome to the real world. Suck it up.”
  • “Wah Wah Wah………… O little babies have some stress?”
  • “It’s not as easy as it looks on “Gossip Girl”, huh? Put down the Four Loko and suck it up.”

[CHE]

MTV and Pitchfork do Das Racist

Commenter klfajhsdfasdf, whose pseudonym looks suspiciously like an elbow being dragged across a keyboard, is annoyed that Wesleying bloggers write about MGMT too much. So here’s a post about Das Racist, another alumni band that has recently been billed as the next hot thing from Brooklyn.

I did a thorough eye-roll when I saw this publicity email in the Wesleying inbox today:

Hey!

My name is Leo and am currently interning for MTV Iggy. In short, MTV Iggy is a new, cutting-edge MTV brand focused on breakthrough music and pop-culture around the globe.

Recently we did a spotlight on Das Racist, the WEED EDGE/HARE KRISHNA HARD CORE/ART RAP/FREAK FOLK music trio based in Brooklyn, NY. Some of this content includes, but is not limited to:

– Two never-before heard tracks
– A comic of us explaining the group to our mom
– Interviews
– Slideshows
– and some more fun stuff

Kudos for trying to woo avid readers of the Pitchfork.com, MTV Iggy! Good luck monetizing internet onlookers with an ironic sensibility.

I do have to compliment them for doing their research and seeing that the student blog from the band’s alma mater is a potentially rich source for publicity. But do they really have to SHOUT those dubious genres at us? I also highly doubt that they all have the same mom. That said, their comic was kinda funny.

Speaking of hipsters on the internet, Pitchfork recently ran a short review of the last 20 minutes of a Das Racist set that a SXSW reviewer “was forced to suffer through.” She mentioned that they changed around the lyrics of “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” to “reference Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin’ Donuts, FedEx/Kinko’s, and ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.'” Even she had to admit it was kind of funny.