As the 3,717 members of the Class of 2000 entered Cal last fall, the impending millennium suddenly became much more real. This class, like it or not, is seen as the stepping-stone to the 21st century.

"There's a lot of hype on it," says one freshman. "We're supposed to be the class of the future," says another. "We've got a lot of expectations to live up to," says a third.

Cal's Class of 1900 also sensed its importance, if worded more formally.

"The dawn of the new century presages mighty events in which the University of California is destined to participate," reads the introduction to the 1900 Blue and Gold yearbook."

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