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Unintentional Hipster Faculty

Graduate students today fall squarely in the millennial generation, which means we’re steeped in hipster culture. Readers of a certain age may still associate hipsters with aficionados of 1940s bebop. But today’s version is a different postmodern animal, demonstrating coolness by cultivating tastes and habits that run counter to prevailing consumer-culture norms.

By those standards, an ugly Christmas sweater, a mustache, and $1.99 neon-plastic sunglasses aren’t kitschy, they’re cool, because…