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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A Long-Deserved Tribute to Joseph Asch: Dartmouth Old Boy, Obsessive, Candidate(?), Alleged Fraudster(??), Accused Racist(???)

Joseph Asch, a member of the Dartmouth class of 1979, and perhaps best known for his involvement with the Dartmouth blog “Dartblog” recently wrote his “last post.” In lieu of seeing him go, IvyGate would like to a pay a tribute to the man, the mystery, the sensation that is Joseph Asch.

Joseph Asch is mister Dartmouth.  This man seriously loves Dartmouth… After graduating in 1979, he went to Yale Law School and — according to his profile on the Dartblog, which publishes posts almost exclusively by Mr. Asch — he founded a few companies, lived in Paris for a while, then moved to Hanover. And, um, since the early 1990s he has been auditing classes at Dartmouth college.  He also

speaks French and Italian fluently, is fond of good wine and his wife’s excellent cooking, and has a passion for history. Each spring he experiences a curious fascination for the music of Mick Jagger.

Douchey? We’re not sure.

Anyway… So, Joe Dartmouth, as he will henceforth be referred, started blogging on the Dartblog earlier this year and then decided to run for the Dartmouth Board of Trustees.  His campaign was going great… I mean the man represents everything your average Dartmouth Review-loving Dartmouth Man stands for, and I’m not just talking about green turtlenecks.

Then The Dartmouth did some supposedly “investigative journalism” into Joe Dartmouth’s hazy past and found out that — whoops! — his company allegedly committed “une fraude fiscale” (French for “fraud”).  His Paris-based company Arand Ltd. evaded a few taxes, but according to a comment by Joe on the Dartmouth article it was NBD. His “accountants interpreted the French tax code differently than the matter in which France’s tax authorities did”. (English for he forgot to pay some taxes, worth around $8000).  When he found out about the mistake the taxes were paid in full and relations with Asch and France were again “amicable”.

Seriously, though- what Ivy grad doesn’t commit a little (albeit, potentially accidental) fraud here and there?  As Tom Donaldson, professor of “ethics and law” at a Penn’s Wharton school of Business would say,

If the devil exists, he no doubt has a high IQ and an Ivy League degree.

On the verge of recovering successfully from his fraud allegations, everything seemed to be going swimingly.

Then Dartmouth found out that Joe was maybe a racist? What?

Scandal galore after the jump.

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Author of Racist Email Apologizes, Promises To Be Funnier in Future

Tommy Brothers, Dartmouth ’11, came forward as the author of the incendiary email about President Jim Yong Kim in an email (kid loves to email) sent to the student body Friday afternoon. Brothers states:

I hope you can all understand that my intent was never one of malice against the Asian community, but an extremely crass attempt at hyperbolic satire. I was initially trying to criticize what I perceived to be surprise among many at the naming of an Asian-American President-Elect, Dr. Kim.

Brothers goes on to discuss all the ways people will make a big deal out of this for weeks to come:

I have started, along with the rest of the GGMM staff, to try to find ways that the whole community can learn from this experience. We are meeting with OPAL and the Pan-Asian Council to try to find a constructive strategy moving forward.

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Dartmouth Students Jump to Racist Conclusions About New President

Yesterday morning, Generic Good Morning Message (GGMM), a popular email update at Dartmouth commented on the selection of President Jim Yong Kim. The comments were racist as hell, and consequently made a lot of people very angry.  GGMM managed to pull out just about every Asian-directed xenophobic comment in the book.  Including saying of Dr. Kim’s election:

It was a complete supplies.

Oh yeah you can totally tell from Dr. Kim’s resume and his mission trips to Uganda that he definitely a super villain. Let’s not leave out the part where everyone in Asia—except the kids from Slumdog Millionaire, they will always live in the slums if the press have any say—works in a Chinese restaurant and steals jobs from white people with hands:

Unless “Jim Yong Kim” means “I love Freedom” in Chinese, I don’t want anything to do with him. Dartmouth is America, not Panda Garden Rice Village Restaurant.

Y’all get ready for an Asianification under the guise of diversity under the actual Malaysian-invasion leadership instituted under the guise of diversity. It’s a slippery slope we are on. I for one want Democracy and apple pie, not Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen.

Read the email’s full text along with an “explanation” offered by Dartmouth’s Office of Pluralism and Leadership—cough, sucks at their jobs, cough—after the jump.

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Fact or Fiction? Dartmouth’s Sorority Sister Enthusiast

A tipster directs us to this particularly charming yarn in the current Freshman Issue of the Dartmouth Review, in which pseudonymous writer Preston Q. R. Primrose regales us with his Penthouse Forum-esque quest for the “Real Dartmouth Seven.” He of course means sex: “a licentious visit to the seven sororities” all in one night. Allow us to recap.

Much like Odysseus, “Preston” and his “bros” kick off the evening by pregaming in the basement. Luckily, within an hour and a half a KDE senior booty-calls our young hero. By his own timeline, eight minutes after getting said text he has scored “one down, six to go.” This is a red flag that maybe we have an attempt at satire on our hands, kids, because… eight minutes (remember! that includes travel time and foreplay)? Is that really the example we want to set for the freshmen?
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The Ivy League Plagiarism Epidemic: And Now the White House Gets Involved

The Ivy League Plagiarism Epidemic: And Now the White House Gets InvolvedIt’s not only Ivy League students who love plagiarizing. Sometimes even the White House gets involved. But White House aides don’t plagiarize from just anyone! Nope, they get their source material from our right-wing buddies at the Dartmouth Review!

Timothy S. Goeglein, President Bush’s chief liaison to religious groups, has admitted to plagiarizing a column he wrote for the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel

“It is true,” Tim Goeglein wrote to The Journal Gazette in an e-mail. “I am entirely at fault. It was wrong of me. There are no excuses.” I guess Zac Townsend and his Brown cohort can sleep easier now.

According to the Washington Post, Goeglein “previously worked closely with Karl Rove and during the 2004 election was Bush’s chief emissary to conservative political groups.” Oh, how I tremble with glee! William F. Buckley would be shamed. Shamed!

Goeglein’s column:

A notable professor of philosophy at Dartmouth College in the last century, Eugene Rosenstock-Hussey, expressed the matter succinctly. His wisdom is not only profound but also worth pondering in this new century. He said, “The goal of education is to form the Citizen. And the Citizen is a person who, if need be, can re-found his civilization.”

He meant that, I think, in quite a large sense. He did not mean that you had to master all the specialties you can think of,

Jeffrey Hart in The Dartmouth Review:

A notable Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth, Eugene Rosenstock-Hussey often expressed the matter succinctly, “The goal of education,” he would say, “is to form the Citizen. And the Citizen is a person who, if need be, can re-found his civilization.”

He meant that in quite large a sense. He did not mean that you had to master all the specialties you can think of.

After the jump: more similarities.

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Dartmouth Review‘s Apology Not Quite Comprehensive

<em>Dartmouth Review</em>'s Apology Not Quite Comprehensive

The editors of the Dartmouth Review may have said they’re sorry (sort of) yesterday. But if editor-in-chief Dan Linsalata ’07 is really interested in burying the hatche–er, smoothing things over, he might want to see about changing the poorly chosen advertisements that are still up on the paper’s official site. (That one on the right actually doesn’t rotate in with the others; we’re not sure why.)