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Don’t Blame Dave!

John Pfister, former Assistant Dean of Freshmen and an adjunct senior lecturer in Psychological and Brain Sciences, wrote in to The D yesterday to take issue with Brian Flint 14’s cartoon (below) pillorying DDS Director Dave Newlove. Pfister found the cartoon in poor taste and praised Newlove for his support of students in past years.

Pfister was right to speak well of Newlove. I don’t say this easily, given that Newlove intemperately called me a racist to a large number of students. But when Newlove uttered that regrettable insult — just as when he implemented DDS’ much hated dining plans — he was only following orders (which, in the case of the “racist” remark, I expect were issued by Provost Carol Folt. That’s her style.).

Students should realize that the decision to radically raise DDS prices did not come from Newlove himself. He does not develop policy in this area. Gouging students at DDS is part and parcel of the plan devised by Jim Kim, Steve Kadish, Carol Folt, Sylvia Spears and the Trustees to try to restore Dartmouth to financial health on the backs of students, rather than meaningfully cut the College’s bloated workforce and reduce employees’ absurdly excessive compensation.

To criticize Newlove for DDS’ prices is equivalent to getting angry at the the maître d’ of a restaurant or a company’s sales manager. They don’t set prices. That’s not the way it works in the real world. Dave Newlove was just doing what he was told to do, and sadly for him, his cowardly masters are letting him take the heat for their decision. Give the guy a break, folks. Students should direct their justified anger at the real decision-makers.

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Addendum: The D reports about this past weekend’s Trustee meeting:

The meeting did not address changes to the Dartmouth Dining Services meal plans, and there are no plans for the Trustees to discuss the new SmartChoice options, according to Kim. After receiving student feedback and criticism, the College is studying the effects of the new meal plan and administrators are open to implementing any necessary changes, he said.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for President Kim on this one. The sound you hear coming out of his mouth is that of a politician deflecting and deflating criticism. In fact, he’ll be happy when people leave for the winter term, and if he can get through the academic year without any more serious protest, then the senior class will be out of the picture, too, and the DDS changes will be with us forever.

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