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Dave Newlove Loses His Temper

Newlove2.jpgBy all accounts, DDS Director Dave Newlove is a nice guy. But he has been put in an impossible situation by the Kim administration, having been ordered to generate profits at DDS in order to support other parts of the bureaucracy. However, Newlove is not allowed to admit that he is doing so. That’s a tough one. Needless to say, students have not been fooled, and yesterday they confronted Newlove. Significant among their criticisms was his LinkedIn page, where he boasted that DDS has produced million-dollar profits in 2009/10 and 2010/11, prior to this year’s huge DDS price increases.

While The D reported that Newlove’s LinkedIn page was no longer available, a little searching would have shown that it is on Dartblog — where it was reproduced seven weeks ago (actually the folks at The D know that, but when you are shilling for the administration, you don’t want to draw attention to Dartblog). Here is the text and the page itself:

— Developed and completed aggressive restructuring program of Dartmouth’s Dining Services resulting in a record setting $1.3 million in net income in the 2010/11 fiscal year. $900 thousand in fiscal year 2009/10.

— Despite the economic recession, Dartmouth’s Dining Services experienced record profit, sales and customer counts during the last three fiscal years. [Emphasis added]

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The offending information has since been removed from Newlove’s LinkedIn page.

At the open panel last night in the Class of 1953 Commons, two students, Travis Blalock ‘12 and Kevin Wang ‘14, pressed home to Newlove the widely held view that he was not being honest about both DDS’ profitability and the reasons for the recent increases in DDS’ rates. Newlove then responded with an extraordinary emotional outburst (one student referred to it as a “ten-minute tirade”) , as reported by The D:

At first, Newlove declined to address Blalock’s accusation and took other questions from audience members. Audience member Kevin Wang ‘14 continued to press Newlove about claims on his LinkedIn page, which prompted Newlove to criticize Joseph Asch ‘79, founder of Dartblog and former candidate for the College’s Board of Trustees, who published the information about DDS profits on Dartblog.

Newlove said Asch’s information was incorrect, but would not address explicitly why these numbers had previously appeared on his LinkedIn profile.

“You have to remember that you are talking about a man, Mr. Joe Asch, who over the years clearly has had an extremely negative, derogatory and racist response to the dean of the College,” Newlove said. “He publically [sic] humiliated the old dean of the College, Sylvia Spears, for being African American, for being American Indian and for her education. And someone who would stoop to that level would easily do whatever, would manipulate numbers, to get back at the institution he doesn’t like.”

Actually, Dave, it’s people not telling the truth that I can’t abide, along with the financial exploitation of students. But let’s leave Newlove’s words to hang in the air. If Newlove won’t detail how I “manipulated” his figures — all I did was re-produce them, after all — and if he then goes on with an ad hominem attack about my reporting on Dean Spears — the very definition of a non sequitur — well, let’s just say that no clearer admission of Newlove’s profound discomfort with his own position could be had from the man, unless he ‘fessed up directly to gouging Dartmouth students.

As I have said before, lying is a commonplace in this administration. The above is a good example of that intellectual dishonesty.

Addendum: The D got it wrong about Dartblog, too. Dartblog was founded in the fall of 2004 by Joe Malchow ‘08, now a student at Stanford Law. Malchow won the America’s Future Foundation College Blogger award (and a $10,000 prize) for his work on the site, and he was a Bartley Fellow at the Wall Street Journal.

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