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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.)
In order that our reporters and contributors may enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday, usmnews.net will resume publication on May 27, 2015.

May 19, 2015

reprinted by request An Editorial Does Evil Lurk In Our Community?

reprinted by request -- Letter to the Editor -- Dear usmnews.net

Letter to the Editor -- Dear usmnews.net

Continuing Interest in USM and AACSB: Willful and Ongoing Failures of Integrity

Letter to the Editor -- Dear usmnews.net

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
University of Southern Mississippi
"VIRGINIA TECH DANGER!" is available at Amazon.
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
Saw Carousel at the Lyric Opera this weekend. Fun, but very much a creature of the 1950s and not a good lesson for young women and girls.
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 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 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?
March 30, 2015
Tyndall Out as Head Coach of Tennessee What does the future hold for Southern Miss' Basketball Program? Numerous sources have confirmed that Donnie Tyndall will not be returning as head basketball coach for the University of Tennessee. Not content with discretely easing Tyndall out the door, ESPN reports that "[Tennessee] athletic director Dave Hart says the university never would have hired him if they knew the details of his unethical conduct at Southern Miss program during his tenure there."
March 31, 2015
Thoughts about Donnie Tyndall from EaglePost "by up2stuff Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:32 pm PKT_SoMiss wrote: At least Ellis didn't cheat.
That we know of, PKT, but that doesn't necessarily mean he didn't. And if he did, who the hell would give a damn. The fact that we hired him and had to pay him a few million to leave was probably punishment enough in everyone's eyes. Hell, I think even Ole Miss and State fans feel sorry for us. ...".

April 1, 2015
Must Reading Anyone who hasn't seen The Chronicle of Higher Education interview of Mary Willingham should stop what they're doing and spend a few minutes viewing it. The report that accompanies the video is as follows: "'The Athletic Machine Is in Charge of the University' Mary C. Willingham, Former Learning Specialist at Chapel Hill Mary C. Willingham, a learning specialist who blew the whistle on academic fraud at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, ...".
April 2, 2015
Southern Miss Basketball Standing In Conference USA Says It All ... Almost Year after year, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill cheats and fields a winning team. Poor Southern Miss, it cheats and can't come close to fielding a winning team.

April 3, 2015
The IHL Critical of "Lax Financial Decisions"? Ridiculous! On April 2, 2015, The Chronicle of Higher Education published the following report by Andy Thomason. "Talks at an End, Mississippi Board Affirms Chancellor's Contract Will Not Be Extended Mississippi's governing board for higher education has ended contract negotiations with Daniel W. Jones, the University of Mississippi chancellor whose contract the board voted not to renew last month...".

April 6, 2015
SHAME ON USM USM is requesting views about its mission, values, vision and plan. Its shame is raised every time USM bureaucrats raise issues of ethics and conduct. The following is an excerpt from USM request for information and my comments.

April 7, 2015
"Student Athletes": SNL Exposes The Farce. Laugh, the joke is on the athletes. They get an "education."
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/04/06/snl-imagin es-academic-primacy-over-athletics

April 8, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, You probably got a copy of a letter from Dr. John Warrick, Producer of Southern Arena Theatre announcing SAT will not run a summer repertory theatre at Southern Miss for the first time in nearly 40 years." Why? According to Dr. Warrick, "this necessary closure" is directly "associated with low enrollment for the 2014-15 academic year."
April 13, 2015
What's Niroomand Up To At UH-Victoria? Given Farhang Niroomand's shenanigans at USM, you have to wonder what he's up to a UH-Victoria.

April 17, 2015
Branding. Glib Expensive Clichés by and for Morons? A Chronicle of Higher Education article, "Colleges Embrace Branding Strategies, Report Indicates," says, "Formal, research-based branding is increasingly common at colleges, often in response to increased competition. The institutions pay substantial sums to consultants to offer branding expertise, most often at the behest of the president or chancellor."

April 20, 2015
"Ethical fading"? Or Misconduct So Obvious Administrators And Faculty Know What They Are Doing is Wrong? A recent interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education is relevant to behavior of faculty and administrators at The University of Southern Mississippi: Mr. Harris found, among other issues promoting "ethical fading," that: "Administrators and trustees "sanitized their involvement" by employing positive, euphemistic language.

April 22, 2015
Weisenburg A press release from USM reports that "University of Southern Mississippi Provost Denis Wiesenburg will return to the faculty in the Department of Marine Science, effective July 1, 2015. 'Late yesterday, Provost Wiesenburg shared with me his intention to resign from his position as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs,' University President Rodney D. Bennett said. 'He also indicated his desire to return to our faculty as a tenured professor of Marine Science."

April 23, 2015
In a national scandal, Southern Miss and former head basketball coach Donnie Tyndall have been under investigation for financial assistance to Southern Miss players who were academically ineligible at the time. Multiple sources have reported the violations stem from how non-scholarship athletes paid for tuition and living expenses, along with potential academic improprieties. The oft repeated question is how could Southern Miss and Tyndall have been so stupid.

April 24, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, Thanks for the report about Southern Miss' and [Donnie] Tyndall's inability to cheat without getting caught. As I recall, this is not the first time Southern Miss has been disciplined by the NCAA for misconduct.

April 27, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, Try your hand at making sense of another of USM's slogans: "Stay here. Go Far." Looks like someone, perhaps [former USM President] Saunders, lifted the slogan from Whitewater!!

May 8, 2015
Editorial USM and AACSB: Willful and Ongoing Failures of Integrity James Lang in "Cheating Inadvertently," Chronicle of Higher Education reported "Academe doesn't have hard-and-fast criteria for what constitutes plagiarism..." So true. Our case research reported the behavior of faculty and administrators at the University of Southern Mississippi and the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) when concern was expressed that they had copied without proper citation other school's documents during reaccreditation.

May 11, 2015
Guest Editorial "Raises at USM - the first in years" The Hattiesburg American reported recently "Raises at USM - the first in years." HA says "In a letter to faculty and staff, Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett said he and the seven other university presidents in the state College Board system had decided to advocate to the Legislature for an appropriation to cover raises at 1 percent to 5 percent levels."

May 12, 2015
Editorial Is there a word for this behavior? The Clarion Ledger reported recently that "Six days after news hit that Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones' contract would not be renewed, the state College Board asked a public relations and messaging firm for help..." When the College Board felt it couldn't withstand the criticism for its decision, it blubbered for help.

May 13, 2015
Continuing Interest in USM and AACSB: Willful and Ongoing Failures of Integrity A follow-up question (see, pbrown1991 below) to my comment on a Chronicle of Higher Education article was posted today. I offered a response. See it below. The article's title was "Cheating Inadvertently." An excellent article, by the way.

May 14, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, The Hattiesburg American ran yet another puff piece for Southern Miss. The most recent article praises the online MBA program. I know Southern Miss is desperate for paying students, but Dean Gilbert had to be either holding her nose or giggling as she either cherry picked and/or wildly overstated the quality of the program.

Dear usmnews.net, When you read The Hattiesburg American article in praise of Southern Miss' online MBA program, you have to question who would pay to attend an online "unranked" graduate business program at a bottom tier university. If I'm getting my degree online -- it won't matter where I'm located -- I'm going to attend a ranked program at a top tier university (or at least as high up in the rankings as I can get admitted.)

May 15, 2015
May 18, 2015
reprinted by request Dear usmnews.net, Even though many years have passed since Mary Anderson claimed a prestigious Accounting Horizons pub, non-accounting faculty continue to giggle behind her back. As you previously reported, rumor has it that some of the non-accounting faculty are STILL trying to work up the nerve to ask her for the citation.

May 19, 2015
reprinted by request An Editorial Does Evil Lurk In Our Community? A recent breaking news report, Another (Dangerous?) USM Professor Steps Forward, published at usmnews.net, reminded me of the apparent ease with which USM faculty are accused of being dangerous