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",
January 26, 2015
Updated 23-January-2015 HELP WANTED A Look at Business Dean Openings from Around the Country
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.
What does it cost to have the worst football team in the worst
conference in the United States? Part 1 Here is Southern Miss' football
stadium on Saturday, November 29, 2014. ... The USA Today released
a complete set of information on each institution to the general public.
USM shows up at 108th (dropping from the 105th position the prior
year) in the overall ranking, after having generated $22,776,416 million
in total revenues during 2013. Only $2,930,731 of this total came from
ticket sales. Student fees ($6,128,573), school funds ($3,674,201) and
"other" funds ($1,228,935) account for more than 48% of the school's
total sports revenues.
Editorial Gwen Pate Is At It Again Always be cautious about what
University of Southern Mississippi administrators say about the
University of Southern Mississippi -- particularly inflated claims
about quality. Usmnews.net has reported many instances of
misrepresen- tations. The recent bloviation by Gwen Pate, Director of
School of Accountancy is instructive. She touted a report by
"Accounting Degree Review," an unknown organization without
credentials or affiliation.
December 10, 2014
Postscript Gwen Pate Is At It Again Yesterday's report discussed the
dubious representations made by Gwen Pate, Director of USM's
School of Accountancy, about the School. Not discussed was her claim
that the School's accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business) is additional evidence of the quality of
USM' s School
December 11, 2014
USM Next? UAB recently ended its money losing, mediocre, very
expensive football program. Will USM do the same? Here are reasons,
from a USM fan, President Bennett should do the same to USM's
Dear usmnews.net The fan blogs have been hot with discussions
whether Southern Miss has a future in the college sports industry.
Many of the fans believe, for a number of reasons, that it does not. I
agree with those fans. Earlier this year, The Chronicle of Higher
Education ran an article How Much Does It Cost to Recruit a Star
December 18, 2014
Holiday Predictions for 2015-part 2, usmnews.net continues to
receive predictions for 2015. Please feel free to share your predictions
with our readers. 1) Student enrollment will decline for the third year
in a row by something between 5% and 7%. President Bennett will
continue to offer excuses, while ignoring the fact that Southern Miss is
pricing itself out of the market.
December 19, 2014
Checks and Balances "'As a university president, if you don't look at
this report and ask, 'Can I be certain that we have the right checks and
balances in place?' you've missed the boat,' one college president said
in response to the [UNC-Chapel Hill] investigation [of fake clas ses for
atheletes]..." 2014 Influence List: Muckraker, The Chronicle of Higher
January 5, 2015
The Problem With Local News Organizations: They Don't Ask
Questions ... The key words in WDAM's report are: "This is a news
release from USM." WDAM offers no facts other than what was in the
"USM news release." No perspective is offered by WDAM which
WDAM doesn't hesitate to offer otherwise. Here are facts WDAM
could have offered readers in addition to the public relations report
Dinner at Ruth Chris in New Orleans with
business colleagues. Good food, great service
January 6, 2015
Editorial "Confessions of a Fixer " If you haven't read "Confessions of
a Fixer," you've missed quite possibly the best investigative news
report of the new year. An excerpt: "Over the past 14 years, he [Mr.
White, "the Fixer"] says, he has used test keys to cheat for hundreds of
athletes, helping them meet the eligibility requirements of the
National Collegiate Athletic Association…his breaches illustrate the
ease with which intercollegiate athletics can be exploited, its rules
manipulated, and the inability of colleges and regulators to control
January 7, 2015
Question for the day We reviewed our reports about President Rodney
Bennett recently. One of our first was: Dr. Rodney Bennett, President
of USM, Curriculum Vita Attached is Dr. Rodney Bennett's CV. It took
several reminders and many weeks for USM to come up with it.
That's okay. We're patient. Now it's yours, without the hassle.
January 8, 2015
Leadership Is Putting Students and Taxpayers First For many years,
usmnews.net has reported recommendations that the IHL merge some
of the colleges and universities in Mississippi. In this era of rising
tuition and falling enrollment, it makes sense. Many of usmnews.net's
readers have applauded the idea. Cut costs and improve the quality of
education. A few have questioned whether Mississippi should
undertake such an "untried" plan. However, the plan can no longer be
January 9, 2015
Guest Editorial College Administrators Don't Need Social Media To
Make Fools Of Themselves. They Are Quite Able To Do It All By
Themselves. A recent Chronicle of Higher Education article offers
guidance to college leaders who use or are thinking about using social
media. "Fear of making a public misstep keeps many college leaders
leery [of social media] … College leaders don't even have to be active
on social media to go astray." Very public administrative mistakes are
nothing new at Southern Miss.
Editorial Buy Low and Make a Fortune: What an Opportunity! USM
football boosters and enthusiasts unite! Stop complaining about the
poor administration of USM's football program. Pool your
entrepreneurial talent and money and buy USM's football team. Move
it TTT! What an opportunity! You could make a fortune and
walk-the-walk…or is it walk-the-talk. Well, you know what I mean.
Dear usmnews.net, The word around the water cooler is that
enrollment is going to drop again in 2015-16. How much will the drop
be? It's hard to say, but most of us think it's going to be bad. The
whisper campaign is that with the February cutoff for scholarship
applications looming, there may not be enough qualified applicants to
fill the available scholarships. Don't be surprised if the deadline is
extended and the [$35] application fee is waived.
For more in the series type "Qualified" into usmnews.net's search box
January 26, 2015
Updated 23-January-2015 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. Long-time readers of USMNEWS.net are aware that
Faye Gilbert is the current dean of the CoB, having replaced Lance
Nail, who is now the business dean at Texas Tech University. Another
former CoB administrator, Farhang Niroomand, currently holds the