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.)

July 2, 2015

Updated HELP WANTED A Look at Business Dean Openings from Around the Country

Guest Editorial -- Taking a Stand?

Letter to the Editor -- Dear usmnews.net

Reprinted by request Is Rodney Bennett Qualified to be President of USM? Part 6

Reprinted by request Is Rodney Bennett Qualified to be President of USM? Part 5

HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN
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.

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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"


"VIRGINIA TECH DANGER!"

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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 April 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015
June 27, 2015 -- got to see A Rod from the Diamond Club in Houston. Brian McCann hit a grand slam homer. Wow!
June 1, 2015
Welcome to the real world By the time the popular press writes about the real world, the real world is in deep ----. While alums and locals grieve over a football team or basketball team, they've missed the big picture.

June 2, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, Faculty have been discretely discussing your recent articles about increased fees and broken universities. Southern Miss [administrators] will continue to spend money like a drunken sailor who is on his first shore leave in months. [They are] spending money, seemingly without thought, for sports teams and facilities that few care about [or use];
June 3, 2015
A Question Answered Since usmnews.net published a letter to the editor yesterday (2-June-2015) in which a reader stated that USM President Rodney Bennett had never published a scholarly paper, we have received a number of comments to the effect "surely, that can't be true."
June 4, 2015
Reprinted by request Is Rodney Bennett Qualified to be President of USM? We finally received President Rodney Bennett's curriculum vita from USM. It took several reminders and many weeks for USM to come up with it. That's okay. We're patient. We'll introduce this series about Dr. Bennett's qualifications by reviewing USM's and University of Georgia's organizational charts. Tomorrow, we'll commence review of his CV.

June 5, 2015
Reprinted by request Is Rodney Bennett Qualified to be President of USM? Part 2 President Rodney Bennett's Curriculum Vita ... Yesterday, we introduced this series about the qualifications of Dr. Bennett by way of reviewing USM's and University of Georgia's organizational charts. Today, we begin the review of his CV. Here's the top part of page 1:


June 8, 2015
Guest Editorial A Rose by Any Name ... Dung by Any Name ... IHL Final Board Book May 21, 2015 "USM - Rename the School of Human Performance and Recreation the School of Kinesiology. The requested name change to kinesiology better aligns the academic unit with current evidence-based practices which concomitantly develops the appropriate professional image within the academic community...".
June 9, 2015
IHL Gives Miscreant USM Sports Program More Legal Financing As previously reported by usmnews.net, former head basketball coach Donnie Tyndall was under investigation for potential rules violations related to improper financial aid to two academically ineligible Southern Miss players. According to Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart, it is "highly likely" that the NCAA will determine that Tyndall committed Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 violations, justifying terminating Tyndall's contract for cause.

June 10, 2015
Dear Dr. Bennett, Why are you wasting our tuition and tax money to defend a corrupt, failed, badly attended sports program? You won't answer my question, but I feel better having asked it. Name withheld


June 11, 2015
Nothing like competition to encourage cost consciousness and quality Pearl River Community College proudly announced, "PRCC board adopts $37.4 million budget; No increase in student tuition" According to the report "[t]he board also voted to freeze student tuition at last year's level. Tuition for a full-time student (12 hours or more) is $1,325. The hourly rate for in-state students (less than 12 hours) remains at $115."


June 12, 2015
Must Summer Reading The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article entitled, "Ms. Mentor's Annual Guide to Academic Novels" written by, who else, Ms. Mentor (a popular contributor to CHE). "Question (from "Containing Multitudes"): O dear Ms. Mentor, we are languishing, awaiting your list of academic novels for us to peruse this summer. We yearn for Schadenfreude - along with frissons of recognition ("We must have the same provost!"). The worst academic novels excite our contempt or our "I could do better than that" feelings. The best inspire us. List on! Answer: Ms. Mentor is happy to oblige...".


June 15, 2015
Editorial Make up a problem, set up a committee, and solve it by hiring another administrator! University administrators function in a curious way. They make up a problem, set up a committee of like-minded administrators and faculty to consider possible solutions, and use their recommendations to hire another administrator to solve it. The newbie never solves anything but they will go about doing one thing for sure: they build a bureaucratic fiefdom.

June 16, 2015
Southern Miss and the Decline in Enrollment Southern Miss' enrollment decline isn't hard to figure out. As The Wall Street Journal reported, "[t]otal college enrollment decreased by nearly a half-million students in 2013 from a year earlier, according to Census Bureau data released today, making this the second year with such a drop." As the University of Virginia Demographics Research Group explained "the big factor that doesn't seem to be well-understood is simple population math.

June 17, 2015
Et Tu, SACS? Will SACS visit USM for its violation of NCAA rules? Donnie Tyndall was fired for cause as head basketball coach by the University of Tennessee for various violations of the NCAA rules which occurred while he was at Southern Miss. According to Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart, it was "highly likely" that the NCAA will determine that Tyndall committed Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 violations, justifying terminating Tyndall's contract for cause. Level 1 violations are characterized as -- "Severe breach of conduct" -- the most egregious.

June 18, 2015
Texas Visits usmnews.net Often: Harold Doty Is Still The Most Popular Over the years, usmnews.net has monitored whence its readers originate. Not too surprisingly, many of the queries involve former USM College of Business administrators. In fact, two former deans and a former associate dean now live and work in Texas. usmnews.net is keenly aware of the interest in the history of administrators' behavior.

June 19, 2015
Here's Another Recommendation to Solve Big Money College Sports. You Listening USM? Restore Integrity to College Sports by Converting Big Programs to Farm Teams By Perry A. Zirkel "Later this month, the National Basketball Association will hold its annual draft, which will be televised nationally on ESPN. Seven members of this year's University of Kentucky team have declared themselves eligible for the draft, ...".
June 22, 2015
HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN On June 10, 2015, Global Force Wrestling proudly announced, Former Vols basketball coach Donnie Tyndall Signs with Global Force Wrestling. According to the press release, "Former Vol Basketball Director of Operations, Justin Phelps, confirmed the signing of Tyndall Wednesday on the Tony Basilio Show (M-F 11:00 AM to 1:00 EDT PM WJBE FM 99.7) in Knoxville and stated 'Coach Tyndall is in the top five X's and O's coaches in the country. He will handle the transition to professional wrestling seamlessly'."

June 23, 2015
Reprinted by request Is Rodney Bennett Qualified to be President of USM? Part 3 In Part 1, we introduced this series about the qualifications of Dr. Bennett by way of reviewing USM's and University of Georgia's organizational charts. In Part 2, we began the review of his CV-the top half of his CV's front page. In Part 3, we continue reviewing Dr. Bennett's CV.



June 24, 2015
Reprinted by request Is Rodney Bennett Qualified to be President of USM? Part 4 In Part 1, we introduced this series about the qualifications of Dr. Bennett by way of reviewing USM's and University of Georgia's organizational charts. In Part 2, we began the review of his CV-the top half of his CV's front page. In Part 3, we continue reviewing Dr. Bennett's CV. In Part 4, we review the next section of Dr. Bennett's CV.


June 25, 2015
Reprinted by request Is Rodney Bennett Qualified to be President of USM? Part 5 President Rodney Bennett's Curriculum Vita In Parts 1 through 4, we provided a list of President Bennett's alleged administrative activities as reported in his CV. In Part 5 we list his research. Research for Publication: Barham, J.D., & Bennett, R.D. (2005) Understanding the Use of Value Statements in Student Affairs Practice, Data collection in progress. GULP! That's it. Nothing more. No other research is reported in Bennett's CV


June 29, 2015
Reprinted by request Is Rodney Bennett Qualified to be President of USM? Part 6 President Rodney Bennett's Curriculum Vita In Part 5, we reviewed Dr. Bennett's research as reported in his CV. In Part 6, we review his teaching experience. Let's first review his research, because his teaching doctoral courses is, unlike faculty who teach undergraduates only, necessarily related to his research. As a review, here's his research as reported in his CV.




June 30, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, Thanks for reprinting the "Is Rodney Bennett Qualified to be President" series. The answer is pretty obviously, no. I have a question. If he [Dr. Bennett] has never published a paper, how can he evaluate our [the faculty's] research?


July 1, 2015
Taking a Stand? On June 25, 2015, the University of Southern Mississippi released a peculiarly mealy mouthed statement of position concerning the current state flag. "Our commitment to inclusion compels us to recognize that the current state flag does not represent the spirit of all Mississippians , and as such should continue to be discussed in an educated and civil manner."
So, Dr. Bennett, what is the University's position on current state flag? Should it go? Stay? What?


July 2, 2015
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.