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Since we’re on the subject of Das Frohn, I thought I’d share a little something we received from the former University of Oregon President after asking him to contribute to By the Barrel: 25 Years of the Oregon Commentator. The following appears on the back cover of the book and as a memo in the first few pages. As always, Frohn held up his end of the bargain in true polecat form.

Picking up a new issue of the Commentator is like acknowledging an unwelcome addictive behavior: It is done furtively, and with a self-loathing shudder. Once more, one can read the juvenile potty mouthed-rants of frustrated student politicos. You gape at the beery indifference to the law of defamation. You read character assassinations that overpower any minimal standard of editorial good taste.

The Commentator is useful every several years to test UO administrators’ resolve to defend the First Amendment in the face of outrageous journalistic excess. It has an alumni roster that shows surprising cases of postgraduate distinction (one wonders that they survived the celebrated lifestyle to graduate at all).

But for the most part, the Commentator should be handled like any other potential toxic: plucked up carefully between thumb and forefinger of a latex-gloved hand, and deposited gently with the recycling, where, by decomposing, it finally can begin to perform a minimally useful social function.

Dave “Das Frohn” Frohnmayer

University of Oregon President Emeritus and Professor of Law

Sent from my iPhone

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  1. Can't stop bitchen says:

    Das Frohn: a reminder of the fungus that grows between your toes with his poison attitude toward entitlements for himself. A wizard of stealth in hiding his continued plunder of the university by claiming title that is not true for him. His cunning is amazing, how he built a wall that hides his true self. A self with the foul stench of dishonesty that surrounds and protects him. No one dare look through that wall of protection, his “reputation” as wise and above reproach is the foundation. But he is not what he seems he laughs at you…all of you. Holding high his success of sucking off the top what he has entitled himself to take. And you, all of you pay for it.

    Kinda reminds me of another famous narcissistic German that entitled himself. We all know how that turned out. Some day maybe the students, faculty and a new administration will cut Das Froh at the knees and toss him out of the U forever! If you don’t….you pay, a lot, for nothing.

  2. nike urbanism duk says:

    Oh great, now Frohnmayer has this report to save the Oregon universities. He just keeps giving.

  3. ATT.COM says:

    Dear Commentators:

    You realize, of course, that Frohnie’s iphone bill is paid directly from the $150 per quarter tuition surcharge he snuck through OUS last year, right?

  4. Chris says:

    The best part of that message is the “Sent from my iPhone”. There’s just something comforting about the thought of Das Frohn typing out a message of such quality hunkered over a LTD seat squashed between a dreadlocked hippie and a cantankerous old man.

  5. Maxwell says:

    How wonderful of him to acknowledge his widely known status as “Das Frohn.”
    *Note how he used his iPhone and didn’t even take the time to sit at a computer to send his comment.*

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