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.
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,Maybe you have the answer to a popular question
around the water cooler (if we actually had one). Where are Rod Posey,
Charles Jordan, and Patty Munn? They precipitously retired from the
School of Accountancy about the same time you did, but no one seems
to know what they are up to?
September 24, 2014
Rate My Professor Let's take a look at what students are saying about a
few current and former professors at USM's School of Accountancy.
September 25, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, You are apparently too modest to draw a contrast
between your former colleagues' skills as teachers and your own.
However, I hope you are not too modest to publish my email to you.
When I checked your RateMyProfessors review, you were consistently
rated Good -- the highest score permitted. Your overall rating was 4.8
(out of 5) as compared to Mary Anderson's 1.5. Nobody, and most
particularly your students, thought you were an easy teacher who gave
September 26, 2014
Message From President Bennett Let's take a critical look at USM
President Bennett's recent message (which is copied in full below).
Here's common knowledge: B = f(E): e.g., the greater the enrollment,
the greater the budget. For a school like USM, the better the quality of
students, i.e., the higher the admission standards, the fewer the
number of students enrolled, i.e., admitted.
September 29, 2014
Are you a member of PERS? Many of us are members of PERS. Many
of us spent decades contributing to PERS, counting on the benefits of
those contributions. Many of us receive monthly checks. Many of us
count on the checks to support our families. The question is whether
money will be there when we need it.
September 30, 2014
Are you a member of PERS? Part 2 From yesterday's report: "According
to Moody's, Mississippi's PERS is badly underfunded, with
approximately $.58 of each dollar needed to honor its obligations to its
retirees available to satisfy its pension requirements."
October 1, 2014
Are you a member of PERS? Part 3 Public Employees' Retirement
System (PERS) of Mississippi publishes Forward. In the Winter 2014
issue, an article by Pat Robertson entitled "Projection reports show
PERS on positive path" offers a forward projection that is absurd:
retirees available to satisfy its pension requirements."
October 2, 2014
Are you a member of PERS? Part 4 In this series-Are you a member of
PERS?-we've ignored PERS' 8% investment return assumption. What
does it mean? Where does this 8% come from? Who chooses it? Why?
Let's take a look at it. You need to understand the tomfoolery-no, let's
not be cute, let's use accurate terminology-you need to understand the
deception 8% investment return assumption perpetrates on retirees
October 3, 2014
Editorial Sami Dakhlia As you can see, a visitor to usmnews recently
reviewed reports about Sami Dakhlia, possibly looking into his
background. Or, maybe it was Sami, himself. If that's you Sami, are
you behaving yourself? If it's not Sami, read on.
October 6, 2014
Updated HELP WANTED A Look at Business Dean Openings from
Around the Country With four current/former CoB deans moving
around in the academic world, some USMNEWS.net readers have
requested an ongoing report that tracks current b-school dean
openings. Long-time readers of USMNEWS.net are aware that Faye
Gilbert is the current dean of the CoB, having replaced Lance Nail,
who is now the business dean at Texas Tech University.
October 7, 2014
Imagine… Previous Governor Barbour suggested reorganizing
Mississippi's universities. Not a bad idea. See, "So goes football, so
goes USM," below. It prompted "Imagine." Mississippi university
football teams may be exhibit No. 1 in support of reorganizing
October 8, 2014
USM's enrollment is down significantly -- again According to the IHL,
USM's "unduplicated headcount" once again dropped from 15,249
(Fall 2013) to 14,845 (Fall 2014). This change represented a 2.6% drop
in enrollment. usmnews.net readers may recall that enrollment
dropped from 16,468 students (Fall 2012) to 15,325 students (Fall 2013)
for a devastating 2013 6.9% drop in enrollment.
October 9, 2014
Editorial Let's Not Forget The Frightened, Powerless Toadies In the
following report, John Brown (accounting instructor at USMGC)
demonstrates that instructors, without power or standing, frequently
succumb to pressure applied by administrators and a mob. A
year-to-year contract, no meaningful research record, perhaps
instructors believe they have no choice.
Dear usmnews.net, I don't know what you are hearing from campus,
but the situation is bad and expected to get worse. Southern Miss has
lost almost 10% of its student body. Some of us think the number is
even higher and total enrollment is even lower, but is hidden behind
the way the IHL and the school counts the number of students.
October 15, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, A lot of us have read the Message from the
President [University Budget Update] and wonder why he can't see the
obvious: TUITION IS TOO HIGH! WE CAN'T AFFORD IT!!
[emphasis in original] Every year the tuition goes up. Every year fees
go up. Every year books go up. Every year more money is wasted on a
losing football team. If the University cut costs and reduced tuition and
fees, I think there would be a dramatic turnaround in enrollment.
October 16, 2014
What is the Quality of USM's MBA Program? Carefully crafted
representations made by USM must be carefully assessed. As
indicated in the multitude of reports contained on usmnews.net's
webpage, USM does not have a stellar reputation for quality or candor.
October 17, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, So glad to hear that Dean Gilbert thinks USM's
unranked MBA program is so great. If I stretched the truth to the point
of breaking, I would be embarrassed. If she is proud of the program,
do you think she's proud of Cheri Becker?
Dear usmnews.net, Even though many years have passed since Mary
Anderson claimed a prestigious Accounting Horizons pub,
non-accounting faculty continue to giggle behind her back. As you
previously reported, rumor has it that some of the non-accounting
faculty are STILL trying to work up the nerve to ask her for the citation.
October 19, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, The Faculty union gave Bense a "No Confidence"
vote. Bense responded by making Saunders UWF's Executive V.P.
This is a ridiculous response in light of how much damage Saunders
cost USM...see attached ILH minutes that contains additional evidence
of why Saunders and Gore "resigned."