Whistleblower on Dartmouth Hazing “Conspiracy” Also Thought 9/11 Was an Inside Job, and Wants a Book Deal, Too

According to Andrew Lohse ’12, the amateur polemicist of hazing scandal fame, Dartmouth’s administrators are lying through their teeth about Dartmouth’s hazing problem. Also according to Lohse, Dartmouth’s Chief of Staff colluded with Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Lohse’s former fraternity, in order to hide hazing from the Hanover Police Department. Also according to Lohse, the same Chief of Staff—David Spalding—and April Thompson are lying about the images Lohse showed them as evidence of the hazing he reported to them. Also according to Lohse, Dartmouth’s president Jim Yong Kim routinely ignores Dartmouth’s hazing problem.

So much lying, and collusion, and conscious ignorance has drawn others to Lohse’s story—especially Joseph Asch ‘79,  who accuses basically everyone at Dartmouth of lying, character assassination, and so forth, claiming that the Chairman of Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees seeks “to cast doubt on the hazing allegations by pointing to both Lohse’s troubled background.” (E.g., Lohse’s arrests for cocaine possession, witness tampering, and disorderly conduct.)

Lohse’s tale has also summoned a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, who (we imagine) can’t be having too much luck getting fraternity brothers to speak. And it looks like the publishing industry is next: on the same day he published his hazing column, Lohse admitted to Business Insider that he was already seeking a book deal.

In fewer words, Lohse is selling (quite literally) an elaborate ploy perpetuated by powerful yet dishonest individuals. This isn’t the first time the English major has attempted to do so, though. Before he began spinning (and spinning) his hazing experience at SAE into a shadowy plot of intrigue, Lohse was touting another conspiracy—the one about George W. Bush ordering the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11.

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Well, If You Can’t Get Ahmadinejad

Misguided optimism abounds on Columbia’s campus as many of its 25,000 students plan on entering the ticket lottery for the McCain-Obama ServiceNation Presidential Forum — and, ugh, “day of remembrance” — next Thursday, September 11th.

Heads of the student governing boards, taken by surprise about the entire event, wrote a joint letter to President Bollinger asking that the lottery “not favor any one group of students over another,” but the Spectator reports that “there are 200 seats in the lottery for full and part-time students for admission,” so most will have to settle for a Jumbotron on the lawn, a la Ahmadinejad.

It’s safe to say that Obama, CC ’83 and communist-consorting, drug-quaffing elite flaneur, will receive a more enthusiastic reception than McCain, who was heckled during his Class Day speech in 2006, unless friends of his daughter Meghan (CC ’07) turn out in force. Read the rest of this entry »

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