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
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After work, went with colleagues to the Houston Opera
for Aida. Great music and an innovative production.
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.
"... it can't possibly get any worse." Fox News recently wrote a story
about Southern Miss' football program. USM's national disgrace: zero
wins in its last twenty-two (0-22) games. That is, for those of you who
haven't been paying attention, the country's worst losing streak. Fox's
conclusion was that for USM football, "... it can't possibly get any
Déjà Vu? Yesterday Hattiesburg American sports reporter Jason
Munz advised the community, "In a joint release, Southern Miss and
Alabama announced the two schools [University of Alabama and
Southern Miss] have agreed to schedule a football game that will be
played on Sept. 13, 2014, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa,
Ala." This announcement is an eerie reminder of what happened
about a year ago.
ANOTHER NUGGET? On 23-Nov-2013, WDAM TV news reported
that a new golden eagle mascot had arrived. Curiously, the report
observed "The new eagle is permitted to the Hattiesburg Zoo and will
be permanently housed in its enclosure." Why isn't the new eagle
being housed on campus? Wasn't that where the original Nugget was
Dear usmnews.net, Did you see the November 22, 2013 report in
Deadspin, "Southern Miss Attempts to Replace its Murdered Mascot?"
The first sentence of the report, says it all. "In 1993, Southern
Mississippi's golden eagle mascot Nugget II starved to death under
mysterious circumstances, and alumni paid off the government to
make questions go away."
November 26, 2013
The Big Question: Who's fault? USM doesn't get a football record as
disastrous as the current zero wins and twenty-three losses by
happenstance. And USM sports bloggers have focused their aim on
Dear usmnews.net, part 5 The reports about Lee Gore have been
interesting, if only because some of us remember the way Gore and
his bosses in the round building treated many faculty and staff. Gore
never seemed to think facts or law applied him. It may be mean
spirited, but I'm glad he has had a chance to find out that they do.
Would you consider re-running some of the reports [on this topic]?
December 3, 2013
Rodney Bennett's Extravagance Part 7 - While we celebrate Christmas,
Let's rejoice in the gifts granted by taxpayers and students to
President Bennett and his cronies. Of course, if you're a student or
taxpayer don't expect a thank you note - unless you count the notice of
increase in tuition if you're a student and the increase in taxes if
you're a taxpayer.
Dear usmnews.net, If you read the sports blogs and listen to the
"faithful", you might think Southern Miss [football team] just won the
[national] championship. While I understand the need to "feel good",
the facts are that Southern Miss has a two year won-loss record of 1
and 23. Under Coach Monken, the team has a record of 1-11. With
salary and benefits we are paying him something approaching a
million dollars for one win.
Dear usmnews.net, I'm surprised you didn't report on Stephen
Bushardt being replaced as chairman of the Department of
Management and Marketing at the University of Texas at Tyler. Any
thoughts on what happened.
December 6, 2013
Holiday Predictions for 2014 usmnews.net has already begun to
receive predictions for 2014. Please feel free to share your predictions
with our readers. 3) The football team's record next year will be 2-10.
Coach Monken will declare a moral victory. President Bennett will
laud the two wins as proof of the fighting sprit of Southern Miss.