Rolling Stone’s Hit Piece on Andrew Lohse: The Top 10 Lines

Yesterday was not a good day for hazing-whistleblower Andrew Lohse. First, Dartmouth’s administration dropped charges for hazing against 24 of his former SAE brothers—not including Lohse himself (and a few others). Then, Rolling Stone’s long-awaited hazing article came out. It’s a well-written meditation on class, violence, and power in Dartmouth’s overheated campus culture. It’s also a comprehensive character assassination of its main subject—Lohse—whom editor Janet Reitman portrays as a violent, pretentious, alcoholic, mentally ill, status-anxious, back-stabbing drug addict. (Really—read it.) Following which, Joe Asch, Lohse’s main champion—his only champion, truly—declined to comment on the article for which he had built up so much anticipation. If there’s one thing Rolling Stone should be applauded/feared for, it’s getting Lohse to cooperate with such a thorough take-down of himself.

Then again, this is the guy whose pledge name was “Regina”—after Mean Girls—“in honor of his aggressive social climbing.” So maybe that was the point.

After the jump: the top 10 lines that Andrew Lohse probably can’t believe Rolling Stone published:

10.

“The problem with Andrew is he’s always the victim, he doesn’t take responsibility for what he does,” says one of his former buddies.

9.

The Thursday night of homecoming is SAE’s annual champagne formal, which Lohse attended, already drunk on red wine. He then proceeded to drink almost two bottles of champagne, followed by lots of bourbon and multiple beers. By 6 a.m., most of the SAE brothers had passed out, and Lohse and some of the pledges took off for breakfast.

8.

“Andrew was a polarizing figure from day one,” says a brother. [...] Lohse only received a “bid,” or offer to pledge the frat, after several brothers came to his defense, citing his popularity with women. A friend recalls walking into Lohse’s room one night to find a girl in his bed, alone, while Lohse was in bed with another girl down the hall.

7.

In a letter to Rolling Stone, SAE’s lawyer, Harvey Silverglate, labeled some of Lohse’s most extreme allegations “demonstrably untrue” and compared Lohse to the stripper who falsely accused a number of Duke lacrosse players of raping her in 2006. “Lohse is… a seemingly unstable individual,” Silverglate wrote, “with a very poor reputation for truth-telling and a very big axe to grind.”

6.

“You get high with Andrew Lohse, and all of a sudden he’s on a 20-minute tangent about literature and liberal politics, and he’s fascinating and exciting to be around, and makes you believe that you can do great things, because he wants to do great things. But one by one, I think a lot of his friends just gave up.”

5.

In the months since he wrote his article, Lohse has virtually lost all of his Dartmouth friends. “I felt like an idiot because I’d defended him,” says one brother in a rival fraternity, “and here he was, throwing it back in our face.”

4.

Some former friends recall Lohse himself as the polarizing force: He would show up drunk at people’s doors at 3 a.m., or spend half the night on a desperate search for drugs.

3.

What followed was, depending on one’s reading, a profound expression of drunken entitlement, or “an existential act of rebellion,” as Lohse maintains. “I can walk wherever I want to walk,” he told the guard. Then he picked up a plastic folding chair and tossed it in her direction.

2.

“He told everyone he’d traveled the world and was a changed person,” says a former friend. “But he was still drinking and smoking weed, still actively pursuing all the things that had gotten him in trouble to begin with.”

1.

He’s writing a memoir: a “generational tale” that he hopes will be part Bright Lights, Big City, part The Sun Also Rises and part This Side of Paradise, and describes as “a one-way ticket to the secret violence at the heart of the baptismal rites of the new elite.”

  • ’10

    I thought “an act of existential rebellion” was a pretty good way to phrase “assault”

  • anon

    The drinking and partying is worse than I thought at Dartmouth.

  • D ’10

    Is it me or did the writer seem to have a massive hard-on for Lohse? She consistently interjected about how suave and attractive he is, and all the women he’s “conquered.”

  • Zaronius

    Didn’t think it was all that harsh towards Lohse. He comes off as an average Ivy guy – not the Rhodes scholar, not the alcoholic date-rapist, just somewhere in between. The main issue remains: if frat douchery is consensual, will it ever be eradicated? Probably not.

    • C2010

      If anything, I think the article painted Lohse as a tragic figure of sorts, someone corrupted and ruined by Dartmouth’s noxious atmosphere. All the criticisms of, and revelations about, Lohse were basically out there already. This just framed his much-publicized destructive behavior in such a way as to abrogate him of some responsibility.

      • Matt Conover Is

        I agree. This post is sensationalizing what I thought was pretty fair story.

  • d10

    This is one of those rare cases where taking quotes out of context makes them more accurate.

  • JDSally

    Is it Andrew Lohse…or…Holden Caulfield?

  • del2124

    [xx]

  • D ’12
  • ’11

    Sorry, but your reading skills and ability to appreciate nuance apparently need some work. Reitman portrayed Lohse as a complex character whose moral compass had been compromised by the noxious culture at Dartmouth. If the RS article was actually a surprise character assassination to Lohse, as you allege, he wouldn’t have appeared in such a friendly online interview with Reitman post-publication.  

  • Conanon

    D’10,
    You’re right, Janet Reitman clearly only wrote this article due to her sexual attraction to Lohse. I’m sure she dreams of being “conquered,” left in bed while he sleeps with another girl, and described as “skanky”, as would any other woman. What a fucking catch.

  • Hell0

    I really don’t think she was as critical of Lohse as Trotter is making it seem. Certainly she exposes some of the negative sides to him but it didn’t cloud the positive either. She painted the picture of a real character, which is not going to be a stock altruist, I mean we are talking about an elitist dartmouth frat boy in his early 20′s afterall!

  • Isaac

    I didn’t read the article as a character assassination. It seemed more interested in an even-handed portrayal of an exceptional character who possessed simultaneously the worst of the typical traits of a frat kid. Andrew Lohse seems special because he bought into the culture so thoroughly, managed to rise to the top of the barrel, and then began to struggle with its hoppy debauchery, went back to it, fell down because of it, and eventually believed enough in something other than Greek Life to go public. What tame bystander, who never even puked on someone else’s head, could have experienced Lohse’s struggle with inclusion and ultimate search for identity and meaning in a college that is described from page one of the article as a grounds for indoctrination into tacit acceptance of everything the college stands for, whether preppy clothing, wall street perqs, or vomlets?

  • arove11

    The writer does seem to have a hard-on for him.  Frankly, I don’t find him particularly attractive or deserving of such attention.  He’s a tool.