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",
In order that our reporters and contributors may enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday, usmnews.net will resume publication on May 27, 2015.
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.
Saw Carousel at the Lyric Opera this weekend.
Fun, but very much a creature of the 1950s and
not a good lesson for young women and girls.
March 2, 2015
It Just Keeps On Going, And Going, And Going ... Mississippi
bureaucrats never seem to recognize waste, misconduct, miscreant
behavior. Result: It just keeps on going and going and going ... It's
amazing how bureaucrats conveniently forget the many instances of
absolute waste of state taxpayer funds. Maybe they think that since
citizens are not reminded with follow up reports from traditional local
news organizations, no one will remember. They may be right.
March 3, 2015
Is PERS Playing a Fool's Game? CNBC reported the thoughts of
Warren Buffett, the "Oracle of Omaha", on "public pensions, colleges
and the like: Stop pouring money into expensive, high-end money
managers." If you have any doubt Mississippi PERS is doing just that,
take a look at Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi v.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc., 09-cv-01110, U.S. District Court, Southern
District of New York (Manhattan).
March 4, 2015
Can We Expect the NCAA Investigation to Get Worse? The February
18, 2015 Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher
Learning DRAFT BOARD BOOK offers a telltale sign that the NCAA
investigation is is going worse than expected. "3. USM - APPROVAL
TO MODIFY CONTRACT WITH LIGHTFOOT, FRANKLIN &
WHITE, PLLC, AS OUTSIDE COUNSEL"
March 6, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, While Southern Miss is worried over the ongoing
decline in student population, William Carey [University] just
announced that its Education program has grown by eight percent this
year. Southern Miss' enrollment has dropped for the past two years,
while William Carey's [overall enrollment] has increased. What's
The Absurdity of Accreditation An interesting article from The
Chronicle of Higher Education, March 25, 2015 by Eric Kelderman.
"U.S. Appeals Court Backs Accreditor's Decision Against a Massage
School In January 2014 a federal judge in Virginia reversed an
accreditor's decision to revoke the accreditation of a massage school in
March 27, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, Few old timers have forgotten that the IHL
unceremoniously showed [former President] Martha [Saunders] the
door shortly after extending her contract. Wonder if [current President
Rodney] Bennett feels secure with his contract extension?
Thoughts about Donnie Tyndall from EaglePost "by up2stuff Mon
Mar 30, 2015 1:32 pm PKT_SoMiss wrote: At least Ellis didn't cheat.
That we know of, PKT, but that doesn't necessarily mean he didn't.
And if he did, who the hell would give a damn. The fact that we hired
him and had to pay him a few million to leave was probably
punishment enough in everyone's eyes. Hell, I think even Ole Miss
and State fans feel sorry for us. ...".
April 1, 2015
Must Reading Anyone who hasn't seen The Chronicle of Higher
Education interview of Mary Willingham should stop what they're
doing and spend a few minutes viewing it. The report that
accompanies the video is as follows: "'The Athletic Machine Is in
Charge of the University' Mary C. Willingham, Former Learning
Specialist at Chapel Hill Mary C. Willingham, a learning specialist
who blew the whistle on academic fraud at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, ...".
SHAME ON USM USM is requesting views about its mission, values,
vision and plan. Its shame is raised every time USM bureaucrats
raise issues of ethics and conduct. The following is an excerpt from
USM request for information and my comments.
Dear usmnews.net, You probably got a copy of a letter from Dr. John
Warrick, Producer of Southern Arena Theatre announcing SAT will
not run a summer repertory theatre at Southern Miss for the first
time in nearly 40 years." Why? According to Dr. Warrick, "this
necessary closure" is directly "associated with low enrollment for
the 2014-15 academic year."
Weisenburg A press release from USM reports that "University of
Southern Mississippi Provost Denis Wiesenburg will return to the
faculty in the Department of Marine Science, effective July 1, 2015.
'Late yesterday, Provost Wiesenburg shared with me his intention to
resign from his position as Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs,' University President Rodney D. Bennett said. 'He also
indicated his desire to return to our faculty as a tenured professor of
April 23, 2015
SOUTHERN MISS CAN'T EVEN CHEAT THE SMART WAY In a national scandal, Southern Miss and former head basketball
coach Donnie Tyndall have been under investigation for financial
assistance to Southern Miss players who were academically
ineligible at the time. Multiple sources have reported the violations
stem from how non-scholarship athletes paid for tuition and living
expenses, along with potential academic improprieties. The oft
repeated question is how could Southern Miss and Tyndall have
been so stupid.
April 24, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, Thanks for the report about Southern Miss'
and [Donnie] Tyndall's inability to cheat without getting caught. As
I recall, this is not the first time Southern Miss has been
disciplined by the NCAA for misconduct.
April 27, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, Try your hand at making sense of another of
USM's slogans: "Stay here. Go Far." Looks like someone, perhaps
[former USM President] Saunders, lifted the slogan from
May 8, 2015
Editorial USM and AACSB: Willful and Ongoing Failures of
Integrity James Lang in "Cheating Inadvertently," Chronicle of
Higher Education reported "Academe doesn't have hard-and-fast
criteria for what constitutes plagiarism..." So true. Our case
research reported the behavior of faculty and administrators at the
University of Southern Mississippi and the AACSB (Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) when concern was
expressed that they had copied without proper citation other
school's documents during reaccreditation.
Editorial Is there a word for this behavior? The Clarion Ledger
reported recently that "Six days after news hit that Ole Miss
Chancellor Dan Jones' contract would not be renewed, the state
College Board asked a public relations and messaging firm for
help..." When the College Board felt it couldn't withstand the
criticism for its decision, it blubbered for help.
Dear usmnews.net, The Hattiesburg American ran yet another
puff piece for Southern Miss. The most recent article praises the
online MBA program. I know Southern Miss is desperate for
paying students, but Dean Gilbert had to be either holding her
nose or giggling as she either cherry picked and/or wildly
overstated the quality of the program.
Dear usmnews.net, When you read The Hattiesburg American
article in praise of Southern Miss' online MBA program, you have
to question who would pay to attend an online "unranked"
graduate business program at a bottom tier university. If I'm
getting my degree online -- it won't matter where I'm located -- I'm
going to attend a ranked program at a top tier university (or at least
as high up in the rankings as I can get admitted.)
May 15, 2015
May 18, 2015
reprinted by request 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.