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"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. Saunders subsequently declared herself "tired" and resigned as president. (For more reports re "Tabletgate", click here.)
April 23, 2014

Letter to the Editor -- Dear usmnews.net

Student-Teacher Evaluations: Just How Abusive and Dishonest Can An Administrators Get?

A Sense of Humor Ya gotta have it!

Adios, Skip

"There are no rules.
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Saw Rigolleto at the Houston Grand Opera. Wow! Just as good as New York.

Marc DePree, Editor, usmnews.net
Academic Research
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"

Other current research can be downloaded free from SSRN (several projects are Top Ten downloads on SSRN):

"A General Theory to Test Social Reality"

"A Sound Foundation: The FASB Got Its Conceptual Framework Right, The IASB Didn't"

"An Evolution of Form and Content: A Practical Guide to Use of the FASB's Conceptual Framework"


Echoes of Mississippi Supremacists
University of Southern Mississippi
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Ethics, Power, and Academic Corruption

By Chauncey M. DePree, Jr., DBA

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 plagiarism?"

With mathematical certainty, their answer will be: "Of course not."

If The Gordon Cannon Doctrine of Plagiarism seems absurd, you ain't seen nothin', yet. Read on.

Click here for reports from January 1 - 31, 2014
March 28, 2014
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

March 31, 2014
What Some Eagle Post Fans Think About the Current Status of USM'S Leaders Re: Let's Grade USM'S VIP'S by OldRanchHand " Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:58 am President - F Bennett has been MIA since taking the job. Probably busy working on a diversity powerpoint presentation.

April 1, 2014
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 withheld
April 2, 2014
Do You Have Integrity, President Bennett? Prove It! Well, you've had a chance "to get your feet on the ground," Mr. Bennett. USM is publishing documents that are the words and ideas taken from others "without proper citation."

April 3, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, Last Friday [March 28, 2014], I thought I saw your wife and you at the Beau [Rivage, Biloxi, MS]. Did you go to the Foundation black tie get together? Name withheld

April 4, 2014
What is a metaphor and what does it tell us? Why, Ed, didn't you ask for translation? In a recent Hattiesburg American article entitled "Bennett's first year at USM a busy one," reporter Ed Kemp forgets to ask, "What do you mean?" Keep in mind that metaphor is a poor, sometimes ridiculous means of communication. Too often metaphor conceals what's actually going on.

April 7, 2014
Dr. Bennett, Did you bring your axe for the Friendship Oak?

April 8, 2014
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.

April 10, 2014
Where's Skip Hughes Going? part 1
Where's Skip Hughes Going?, part 2
April 11, 2014
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
Student-Teacher Evaluations: Just How Abusive and Dishonest Can An Administrators Get? A recent article from Inside Higher Ed, "Rate My Professor - For Real," (Colleen Flaherty) reminded me, not of potential student misuse of student-teacher evaluations, but how administrators actually misuse and abuse faculty with student-teacher evaluations.

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.

April 22, 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.

Dear usmnews.net,usmnews.net hadn't reported about Donnie Tyndall's departure. So, I have something to say. When is Southern Miss going to learn its lesson about its sports program? It is always cash strapped.

April 23, 2014