Students: A New Set of Labels

"Everyone says there is something different about today's college student," says Kenneth Keniston, 36, assistant professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale. From his undergraduate days at Harvard ('51) through years as a Rhodes scholar, Harvard junior fellow and frequent campus-hopper elsewhere, Keniston has been fascinated by what it is that makes one generation of students different from another. In the current issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine, he sets up some perceptive categories, each devastatingly cartooned by Artist Robert Osborn (Yale '28).

U.S. students used to be subdivided variously into gentlemen...