July 23, 2009

Quidditch Gets More Press, Today In NY Times

The Vassar quidditch team has been getting a lot of coverage lately, the latest being an article about nostalgia and Generation Y in today's New York Times. Our team, as well as those from Middlebury and Princeton, are cited as examples for how our generation's continued and somewhat ironic interest in the Harry Potter franchise demonstrates our nostalgia for our youth.

"Let the boomers have their 40th anniversary of Woodstock. Let Generation X commemorate the 15 years since Kurt Cobain shot himself. For Generation Y — those born roughly between 1980 and 2003 — it’s the pop culture of the late ’90s and early 2000s that makes them wistful," the article states.

"It seems awfully early for 28-year-olds to be looking back," the article continues. "One possible explanation ... is the impact of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The political and economic climate of the late ’90s had been as soothing as a Backstreet Boys ballad: no wars, unemployment as low as 4 percent, a $120 billion federal surplus."

Our quidditch team also received extensive coverage in the New York Daily News a few days ago.

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