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.
It's only human to be curious. And, what is hidden is the
most tempting. Like the personal lives of those who lord it
over us for so many of our most formative years: Teachers!
The most influential among them are university professors.
Like to peek in on how university faculty and
administrators behave in their natural habitat? Listen in on
their private conversations? Glimpse what they're really up
to? Rufus McCoy instantly beams you to the exotic and
secret world of academe. FREE to Amazon Prime members.
Saw Rigolleto at the Houston Grand Opera. Wow! Just as
good as New York.
Marc DePree, Editor, usmnews.net
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.
Dear usmnews.net, I have heard a number of people say that Dr.
[Martha] Saunders didn't get the job at [the College of] Charleston, in
large part, because of the articles [about her] you ran. What do you
think of the theory? Name withheld
Dear usmnews.net, What's the word on Frances Lucas being pushed
out as campus executive officer for the Coast? There has been a lot of
speculation on both campuses that [Dr.] Bennett did not like the
competition from [President-Emeritus] Aubrey Lucas' daughter. Name
Where's Lee P. Gore? After Lee P. Gore attorney at law in Mississippi
played fast and loose with the rules/laws in Florida and got caught by
the Florida Bar, he was supposed to be reassigned to Martha
Saunders' Office Staff (She apparently doesn't mind Lee Gore playing
fast and loose with rules/laws) at the University of West Florida.
April 9, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, Do you know if Steve Jackson [Associate Professor
of Accounting] was given tenure? My reading of the faculty handbook,
and as it has been explained to me, is that after six years one either is
granted tenure or a terminal contract.
Where's Skip Hughes Going? Part 3 Do You Have Integrity, Director
Hughes? USM has posted a notice: "The University of Southern
Mississippi invites applicants for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track
faculty position as director of the School of Accountancy in the College
of Business…Starting date is July 1, 2014...".
April 14, 2014
Oops, I forgot to explain why we reprinted "I'm not going to commit." ...
Skip offered mighty fine words in support of a self-admitted felon,
Richard Scruggs, in a Sentencing Memorandum. The purpose was to
request the court to be lenient during the sentencing phase after
Scruggs' conviction for conspiring to bribe a Circuit Court Judge.
According to Hughes, "In a profession where trust is everything, Dickie
[Scruggs] was solid in his word, exemplary in his conduct..."
April 15, 2014
"There are no rules." Director Skip Hughes (Accounting) and I met to
discuss procedures he and other USM administrators were trumping
up to fire me under the guise of post tenure review. He insisted on
recording the conversation. I offer it below for your review. You'll
see-hear, I mean, because it's an audio-why he/they failed. (It's a big
file and will take a while to load.)
April 16, 2014
April 17, 2014
Adios, Skip Dear Skip, We don't know if you're leaving as the Director
of accounting and staying at USM in some other capacity or leaving
USM altogether. Be sure to let us know. We'll inform folks as soon as
we hear. Well, Skip, it was entertaining. Adios.
April 18, 2014
A Sense of Humor Ya gotta have it! You have to have a sense of humor,
especially when living with people like my former colleagues at the
University of Southern Mississippi. I personally keem my sense of
humor by writing. For my academic work-non-fiction-I use my formal
name, Chauncey M. DePree, Jr., DBA. See, for example, "Ethics, Power,
and Academic Corruption" available at Amazon.