Caught this one today, concerning a Dartmouth undergrad who was one of the more recent people to point out that the pledge and fraternity system at that Ivy League college continue to do hazing, and other behavior, that if not criminal, is borderline criminal. (Criminal, depending on how you want to interpret statutes.)
In this post-Lehman, post-financial crisis world of ours, where a number of these Dartmouth graduate know-it-alls helped to sink our economy into the worst funk since the 1930′s, it’s surprising that the Dartmouth old boy network went after Mr. Lohse with such viciousness, for merely pointing out what has been going on at that school for quite a while. This is not higher education. Sorry.
If you care to read the whole piece, it’s worth it. I am always attracted to writing that points out the soft corruption in higher education—it’s pandemic. The student loan system, and nonprofit federal tax exemption for endowments, keep it subsidized and going strong.
Penn used to have its own over-influential fraternity system along Locust Walk in the 1980′s. It’s been well established that most of these guys had the old tests from various Penn professors filed away in fraternity cabinets. There was at least one big drug bust there, around 1986. No one spelled it out that if you wanted more of a chance to graduate with honors (or with bongers) that you pledged a frat, but I saw enough of that, there, then, that I can imagine what the scene at Dartmouth must be.
Notice how the pro-frat people at Dartmouth go at Andrew Lohse for not playing the game. Then, wonder why so many of the elites of this country let the financial system lose its 20th century regulation, why the Big Four accounting firms signed attestation statements for financials that might have been more suited to a book of fairy tales, and how we can’t run clean elections or even get decent judging out of our courts. Corruption starts early, and runs a jealous program. It wants its next class of graduates.