Sather Gate UC Berkeley

More than 80% of students in the UC Washington Program can name two characters from “The Simpsons,” yet it is rare that 20% can name two presidential cabinet members.

It will make many of you feel old to learn that nearly half of my students can’t name a single member of the Beatles.

“John, Ringo, George and that guy from Wings,’’ wrote one student on a survey I distributed to University of California undergrads on their first day of class.

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Marc Sandalow is associate director of the

University of California’s Washington Center.

He has been writing about California politics

from Washington for 30 years.

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