Sunday, August 23, 2009

Heads Up: Dartblog Resumes Posting with Joseph Asch '79

In terms of posting frequency, the handful of Dartmouth-centric blogs (I'm sorry, I refuse to use the word "blogosphere") have been in a bit of a summer slump -- this one included -- but hopefully the pace will pick up as the school year approaches. Dartblog, dormant since May, published two pieces this weekend by Joe Asch '79; Mr. Asch said that he will be blogging there on Dartmouth affairs "regularly."

26 comments:

Perpetual adolescent said...

Some people never grow old...

Peter Pan said...

What's wrong with that? It's the grownups who make the world's problems.

Anonymous said...

He should work on the local PTA. We all know that Dartmouth is perfect and doesn't need any help.

Anonymous said...

Or move across the river and run for the Norwich Board of Selectmen. That towns need all the help it can get, afflicted by many of the same ailments that affect Dartmouth governance.

In fact, some of the same people are involved in both. What a coincidence.

Anonymous said...

If you'll forgive the incredibly lame pun, that's pretty "Kick Asch."

Sorry.

Anonymous said...

Who? Do tell...

Perpetual adolescent said...

He shouldn't run for the board of selectmen, he should "help" Norwich by telling its mayor to resign.

Anonymous said...

What's pretty?

Anonymous said...

I do not think Norwich has a mayor. It has a Board of Selectmen, and a non-elected Town Manager, Peter Webster D'71. The latest imbroglio concerns the dozen or more secret executive sessions the Selectboard has held this year. Having read about that town's goings on for many years in the Valley News, one must conclude they all have lead in their well water.

Back on topic, we wonder how people will react to Asch's new blogging initiative. He can aggravate with his stridency at times, but he is often dead on with his homework, facts, and reasoned analysis, a combination that can really intimidate the incompetent and insecure. Many of his critics would be hard pressed to match Joe's contributions to Dartmouth, of both time and money.

Acting Sylvia said...

I wonder if Joe A. will allow reader comments on the blog now that Joe M. seems to have moved on to bigger and better things.

I assume Joe A. is the Acting Blogmaster.

Thornton Melon said...

Asch writes "In all likelihood, we’ll be saddled with an acting Dean..."

What's this "we" stuff? Is he a student now?

Anonymous said...

Yes, he is a student, though not a current Dartmouth undergrad.

Dartmouth preaches that one of its goals is to instill life-long learning. Also that one stays a member of the College community forever.

Alumni pay a substantial portion of the acting Dean's salary. Asch has made major donations, more than those paying full tuitions. Agree with him or not, he obviously cares about the Dartmouth experience for "current" students.

You got any problem with that?

Acting Sylvia said...

URI is a "dry campus". That means that students 21 and over can't drink on campus.

Anonymous said...

Easy on the guy. "We" probably means the Dartmouth community.

Thonrton Melon said...

I think he's enrolled at Lebanon College but allowed to take some transfer courses. It's part of the deal he worked out when he donated part of the Dean's salary.

Anonymous said...

Based on eleven straight days of negative postings, it appears Mr. Asch is building a platform as the "resident scold" of Dartmouth College. This will probably be the foundation for a campaign as a petition candidate for trustee of the College in 2010. Since Dartblog is owned by Joe Malchow '08 and Malchow works for trustee T. J. Rodgers, it is fair to speculate that Asch and Rodgers are working together - or that Asch at least has his blessing. Mr. Asch has a long history of behind the scene involvment with the petition trustees, The Hanover Institute and malcontents such as Frank Gado '58 and others involved in recent lawsuits against the College. Mr. Asch is also frustrated that officers of the College don't give him the respect and attention he feels he deserves, because of his financial support of causes he espouses. Therefore, we can look forward to endless pontification from this time forward. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

Anonymous said...

@ Sept 1. Anon:

As opposed to self-righteous primping from those such as yourself who would prefer alumni just lay down and shut up like good little peons?

Tim Dreisbach '71 said...

Attack the messenger. How about some response to the concerns raised by Asch, that remain unaddressed. It appears all he is doing is reraising issues for awareness by the new administration, as the former did little but obfuscate.

Anonymous said...

I heard that Asch was also involved in the Kennedy assassination, various alien abductions and the crop circles that have been spotted in various places over past centuries.

Do you have anything substantive to say about Asch's writing on Dartblog, or are all of your attacks ad hominem?

joe said...

Oh, hello, Mr. Mathias.

To be clear: I asked Joe to write for Dartblog because Joe, a Dartmouth graduate, a Yale Law graduate, a Bain alumnus, and a resident of Hanover, is a superb writer and is possessed of analytical capabilities far outstripping your own.

I work with TJ on strategic initiatives, and see him every day, but the last time he saw a Dartblog post was when he asked for a copy of Governor Angus King's 2008 letter opposing the improper Board-packing plan in which you are complicit and the reproduction his secretary was able to find fastest happened to be on Dartblog.

-joe

Acting Sylvia said...

Why would Asch want to be a trustee? That would mean he would have to stay behind the green wall of silence and never be heard from again.

What he is doing now is far more valuable than any of the communication we get from the Alumni Council.

Anonymous said...

Notes regarding recent postings:

1. To anon 1:19am, the correct English is "ly down", not "lay down". People ly, chickens lay. Substantive response - Mr. Asch would have more credibility as a critic if his approach to College issues was more balanced. The institution may not be perfect, but, then, who or what is?

2. To Mr. Dreisbach, welcome back. We've missed you. Your name should have been included in the posting with Mr. Gado et al. Mr. Asch does raise good points, but he accompanies them with an "attitude" that dilutes his effectiveness to all except true believers. See below for more.

3.To Mr. Malchow - Delete "Oh, hello, Mr. Mathias".
Wrong guess. And best regards to Mr. Rodgers since he hasn't read your blog for over a year.
Right.

Joe Asch has every right to post whatever he believes and you accept on Dartblog and he has the capability to make a positive impact on issues regarding Dartmouth College. However, if his style continues to be negative (12 for 12 so far), coupled with snide asides and innuendo, he will not be taken seriously by any meaningful group within the Dartmouth community. He has consider what he hopes to accomplish here. Does he just want to vent his frustrations and demonstrate his analytical skills or does he want to get serious people to pay attention to him and engage in discussion? Mr. Asch over recent years has established himself as a polarizing figure at Dartmouth and, so far, this stream of postings has done nothing but reinforce that image. Recent debate and elections prove that can be effective with only a finite number of people and it has no broad or lasting appeal. So, is this just an ego trip for an articulate fringe player or is there a greater objective? To paraphrase a comment regarding a former Red Sox star, is this "Joe, just being Joe"?

One final word, you need to assign a fact-checker to Mr. Baron. He is entitled to his opinions; he is not entitled to his facts.

anonymous said...

Joe, you also draft propaganda/advertisements for the Hanover Institute, do you not?

If Mr. Asch's analytical capabilities are so fearsome, why do you shrink from allowing comments on Dartblog? Is this the stance of a confident debater? Is this page really best place to discuss Mr. Asch's reams of negativity?

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