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.

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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.)
March 27, 2015

Letter to the Editor -- Dear usmnews.net

The Absurdity of Accreditation

What do you believe? PERS is secure?

Letter to the Editor -- Dear usmnews.net

How Far Will a University Go to Be Rid of a Troublesome Faculty

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.

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
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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 for February, 2015
Tosca at the Chicago Light Opera. Outstanding!
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 going on?

March 9, 2015
reprinted by request Special Report Tedious An Investigative Series on CoB Faculty Research Credentials USMNEWS.net hears from readers from time to time, and one theme that has come across over the past three years pertains to the research records of CoB accounting professors Stanley Clark and Charles Jordan. Their heavily co-authored research profiles have been described as being overly represented by tedious studies of accounting standards amendments, and that much of their work is repetitive/redundant, perhaps in an effort to "pump up" their respective research credentials.

March 10, 2015
reprinted by request Lost Horizons In June 2008, Mary Morgan Anderson claimed an Accounting Horizons publication for her vita. Under the COB journal rankings, Accounting Horizons is an A-level publication.
March 11, 2015
reprinted by request Mary Morgan Anderson What is the Quality of Her Research? To Apply a Director Hughes’ Evaluation Criterion: Is She “Smokin’ Dope?”Director Hughes told me “things are going to change around here [University of Southern Mississippi School of Accountancy].” He made this solemn promise in a discussion of research he expected faculty to accomplish now that he was Director of the School of Accountancy.
March 13, 2015
reprinted by request Special Report Home Cooking An Investigative Series on CoB Faculty Research Credentials In her recent U.S. District Court deposition, assistant professor of accounting, Mary Morgan Anderson, had two chances to say how many A-level journal publications she has. On the first occasion she said 7 or 8, and on the second she stated 6 to 8. Now that the CoB has, at the eleventh hour, uploaded CoB faculty (individual) web pages, the veracity of Anderson's statements can be tested.
March 17, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, please continue to highlight the actions of [former CoB Dean Harold Doty and [former Associate Dean] Farhang Niroomand. Name withheld... GH Chatter CoB faculty have been talking about the so-called resignations of former CoB Dean Harold Doty, and Doty's Associate Dean Farhang Niroomand, since the day they occurred (9-April-07). The subject came up again recently, when accounting instructor Patty Munn was asked about it by legal counsel during a deposition in a United States District Court case. Here's what Ms. Munn had to say
March 18, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, please continue to highlight the actions of [former CoB Dean Harold Doty and [former Associate Dean] Farhang Niroomand. Name withheld... FEELING SAFE AT USM Readers have questioned whether violent and threatening conduct really occurs at the College of Business. Many outsiders find it difficult to believe that such a hateful atmosphere could be created or tolerated. Therefore, usmnews.net's reporters are reviewing sworn testimony relating to acts of hostility and threatening behavior in the CoB. In each case, the conduct was ignored, and by being ignored, was promoted at USM. usmnews.net continues the reports with an excerpt from sworn testimony. The witness was an untenured assistant professor. The administrator was Farhang Niroomand.

March 19, 2015
breaking news . . . breaking news . . . breaking news . . . US News & World Report Announces 2016 Best Graduate Schools and Guess What? USM's Business Graduate School is Unranked The current list of Best Graduate Business Schools by U.S. News & World Report reports the University of Southern Mississippi as "Unranked."
March 20, 2015
Is Rodney Bennett Qualified to be President at USM? On March 19, 2015, "The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning voted recently to extend the contract of University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Rodney D. Bennett..." The reports found at the IHL and the Hattiesburg American copy are the usual public relations blather.

March 23, 2015
How Far Will a University Go to Be Rid of a Troublesome Faculty? Anyone interested in integrity in higher education should read the "Declaration of LaShondra Peebles:
March 24, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, I would like to suggest a contest for your readers. Identify any Southern Miss administrator who has acted with even a small measure of the integrity shown by LaShondra Peebles?

March 25, 2015
What do you believe? PERS is secure? Funding shortfalls put pensions in peril by John W. Schoen puts those questions in perspective. As the article says "These days, a pension just isn't what it used to be."

March 26, 2015
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 Missouri, ...".

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?