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.
Exited Stage Left Good to Great Losses of Blettner and Trevino Still
Showing in USM’s CoB The 2002-2010 period for USM’s business
school was one of turmoil and loss. During that period, one that was
largely characterized by the failed deanship of D. Harold Doty
(2003-07), hordes of high-quality faculty departed the organization.
August 18, 2014
. . . breaking news . . . USM Softball Coaches Resign HATTIESBURG –
In a shocking move, co-head coaches of USM’s softball program, Jon
Malgradi and Kirsten Voak, resigned on 15-Aug-2014. As reported in
The Hattiesburg American, the duo leaves USM with the dismal
overall record of 49-106, a record that USMNEWS.net has followed
throughout their time in Hattiesburg.
August 19, 2014
No surprise here The fact that Southern Miss' co-head softball coaches
have taken the extraordinary measure of stepping down at the
beginning of the Fall Semester, comes as no surprise to regular readers
Dear usmnews.net, I couldn't fail to notice that you hadn't commented
on Tom Lindley's retirement. His departure was, much like his tenure
at Southern Miss -- dignified and professional. The CoB is a far worse,
and academically weaker place, for his absence.
August 29, 2014
What's going on? Any ideas? From time to time we have visitors to
usmnews.net that raise our eyebrows. Below are a couple of very
recent visitors that caused us to pause and wonder what's up.
Dear usmnews.net, Any word on Martha Saunders' quest to once
again become a university president? Southern Miss was lucky she
didn't stay on longer.
September 5, 2014
Picking Leaders at Southern Miss Gwen Pate was recently named
Director of the School of Accountancy at Southern Miss. Let's assume
Pate is typical of the type of person USM puts in leadership positions.
September 9, 2014
Martha Saunders and Ellis Johnson One of Martha Saunders' final
head coaching hires was Ellis Johnson. As we all know, Johnson lost
every game as head coach and was fired at the end of the season.
Under the terms of Johnson's contract, he was paid in full his entire
salary for his contract -- even though he was making more money as
an assistant coach at Auburn than he made as head coach at Southern
Dear usmnews.net, Over the weekend I did watch the last BOT
meeting. I have to amend, or add to the role that i perceive that Martha
is playing, after the watch and some more input from folks closer to
this than I have been for months. I have not heard of the results of the
BOT private or public meetings today, so I may have to amend gain.
September 17, 2014
Dear Judith, Bob Lyman, Martha Saunders' former provost at USM,
has to be laughing his b**t off. He could educate you on Martha's lack
of character. As the pressure on you intensifies (even though the Board
of Trustees voted in your support), will Martha tell the news media
and the BoT that she is "very, very, very saddened . . . that [her]
employe[r]. . . has been caught up in" this serious issue.
September 18, 2014
breaking news Southern Miss 2014 - 2015 Enrollment Numbers Drop
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. Clearly, USM is facing a significant decline in student
Editorial Do You Really Believe USM Administrators? Many times I
made the effort to check details behind USM administrators'
representations. USM administrators tend to manage, manipulate,
misrepresent-take your choice of words-statistics and costs records to
conceal their mismanagement.