I just happened across the blog of the Students Stand with Staff group, and found a gem of an entry.
In it, the anonymous poster critiques Joe Asch ’79 directly for an entry he wrote for Dartblog a few days ago. In his article, Asch stated – quite reasonably – that budget reductions of consequence will result in layoffs, either at
Another frustrating point of the post is the title: “We’re a School. Not a Corporation.” Really? No way.
That’s not corporate culture. It’s just common sense.
The SSWS populist uprising wants
Either way, the SSWS blogger misses the train entirely on Asch’s point. The Dartblog entry makes a purely economic argument – that
Point is: SSWS missed the point. In the future, they should actually address the arguments instead of spouting platitudes. When I was Speaker of the Dartmouth Political Union, it was frustrating to watch when a debater would speak right past the point of another party. The budget debate is a serious one, and arguments like the SSWS blog entry confuse the process and distract from substantive issues. In this round of SSWS versus Dartblog, I give the point to the latter.
The College is struggling and everyone – even the evil Asch – hates laying people off. But SSWS is making it worse, not better.
(Coming soon: SSWS on governance and education.)
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