Over the past several years, usmnews.net has published literally thousands of reports from current and former faculty
who share my belief that USM has ineffectively and inefficiently employed far too much of its resources, both in terms
of money and people. The purpose of usmnews.net is not to provide a public relations view. That is amply supplied by
The University of Southern Mississippi's public relations department.
"The fun money is private money.
At Southern Miss, I've got state
dollars and I've got Foundation
dollars. It's real easy to tell them
apart. I tell people I've got two
checkbooks. I've got my booze
account and my non-booze account.
Out of the state money I'm pretty
constrained what in I can do. ...
Foundation dollars, that's when I
take my money out of my booze
account, I can pretty much do
anything I want with it." D. Harold
Doty, former Dean, College of
Business, University of Southern
Mississippi, current Dean,
University of Texas at Tyler
In August 2011, Martha
Saunders smiled as she
presented Galaxy Tabs to
selected students. Three
senior adminstrators were
suspended. Two are no longer
employees of the University.
declared herself "tired" and
resigned as president. (For
more reports re "Tabletgate",
For readers who have requested
quicker access to reports about Dr.
Saunders' and now Dr. Bennett's
airplane, please click here. A good
place to start is Cost Per Flight Hour
which includes links to the detailed
cost and usage data obtained through
open records requests.
Other current research by Chauncey M. DePree, Jr.,
DBA is available at Amazon.com:
Plagiarism Is Now Ethically Acceptable, AACSB
Affirms Copying Other Members' Submission
Documents "Without Proper Citation"
The Gordon Cannon Doctrine of Plagiarism: Dr. Gordon
Cannon, chemistry professor at USM, has surmised a
foolproof method of determining whether a document is
plagiarized. His method? He asked a few friends: Would
you consider copying bureaucratic boilerplate plagiarism?
Dr. Cannon did not provide the original or copied
documents or any context to his friends. He merely asked,
Would you consider copying bureaucratic boilerplate
plagiarism? His friends' answered, No.
And indeed there is no plagiarism. None at all. Ever. Dr.
Cannon's methodology proves that no document can be
plagiarized. Simply ask a few friends without showing
them the documents in question or providing any context:
"Would you consider copying bureaucratic boilerplate
With mathematical certainty, their answer will be: "Of
If The Gordon Cannon Doctrine of Plagiarism seems
absurd, you ain't seen nothin', yet. Read on.
Administrative Bloat USM has led the way in massive growth in
administrators. As of 2009, The Chronicle of Higher Education,
reported that USM had one of the "biggest increases" in the nation in
"growth in managers and support personnel relative to enrollment.":
84%. The following comment is the primary point of this report.
November 10, 2014
USM Reports Devastating Potential NCAA Violation According to the
Bleacher Report, the NCAA has announced that Southern Miss is
under investigation for "... how tuition, living expenses and other fees
were paid for "Prop 48" recruits who signed with the Golden Eagles
but were academically ineligible out of high school or junior college."
What are "Prop 48" recruits? According to Sporting News, Prop 48 ... is
an NCAA regulation that sets a standard for athletic eligibility based
on a prospective student-athlete's grades.
November 11, 2014
Guest Editorial Defining the Problem Let's begin today's report with
the question raised at the end of yesterday's report, USM Reports
Devastating Potential NCAA Violation: "How do academic institutions
have any claim to ethical conduct or integrity, if this behavior 'happens
everywhere'?" The short answer is many academic institutions have
no claim to ethical conduct or integrity. Unfortunately, the University of
Southern Mississippi is numbered among those schools that fall short
of claims to ethical conduct or integrity.
Dear usmnews.net, Word around campus is that Southern Miss is
taking the [alleged] violations of NCAA rules more seriously than
anyone is letting on. Southern Miss just put The Lightfoot Law firm on
the payroll to defend it against the claims. If your readers never heard of
the Birmingham, AL based firm, it is the one that Texas A&M hired to
keep Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel eligible.
November 17, 2014
Special Report Websites Call for Firing of Monken With the
13-Nov-2014 loss to San Antonio by a score of 10-12, many USM fans
have given up on the Todd Monken administration of USM's football
program. To date, Coach Monken has managed to accumulate a grand
total of four wins in those two years.
November 18, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, The fans may be complaining about [Head
Football Coach Todd] Monken and [AD McGillis]. With the God-awful
last few seasons its really to be expected. What I don't think a lot of
people realize is there is a mounting whisper campaign among the
faculty that it is time for [USM President Rodney D.] Bennett to go.
Breaking News 3.2 Percent Additional Tuition Hikes at USM Jeff
Amy's 19-November-2014 report for The Hattiesburg American
concerning the 3.2% tuition increase facing in-state USM students
beginning 2014-15 cut to the core of the issue "Still, increasing college
costs are far outstripping stagnant family incomes. In-state tuition will
rise 66 percent from fall 2005 to fall 2015, while household incomes
have been basically flat in Mississippi. It now takes about 17 percent
of the typical Mississippi family's income
November 21, 2014
Revisiting History Earlier today I read an article from The Chronicle of
Higher Education. It is another example of a University using its
position of power in an effort to silence a professor. It brought back
memories of The University of Southern Mississippi's efforts to fire
me because of my speech. It is also reminder of how far a university
will go to punish faculty who disagree with the administration.
November 24, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, Shades of USM at Delta State-- Have you seen
this? Sounds so familiar.
usmnews.net has already begun to recieve predictions for 2015. A
number of the prognosticators have asked that usmnews.net reprint
Holiday Predictions for 2014 so that readers can see how well our/their
crystal ball was working. Here you go. 1) Student enrollment will
substantially decline once again. The question is what excuse
President Bennett will offer to justify the fall. One thing he won't
throw on the table is the ongoing increases in tuition that price far too
many prospective students out of the market.
Have a peaceful and safe Thanksgiving!!
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