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.)

April 20, 2016

Reprinted by request -- Dr. Bennett's Contract of Employment

Reprinted by request -- Does Patty Munn Gossip, part 3

Reprinted by request -- Jackson Embarrasses Self, CoB at AAA Meeting in California

Revisiting Harold Doty

One of the most common questions heard by usmnews.net -- Dear usmnews.net

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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"


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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.

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Great article, Ms. Gulliver.

Let me offer a way to communicate "Where the Money Is (Not) At" to a general audience. Entertainment. Offer (or gift) a novel, "Choking Dead Chickens" to friends and relatives who plan to go to college or have kids on their way to college. Or to our leaders who think they know what's going on on college campuses. The novel is not written for my colleague academics.

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Broken Priorities "'You see it on every campus-an increase in administration and a decrease in full-time faculty, and an increase in the use of part-time faculty,' he [Scott Carlson] said. With that trend, along with rising tuition and falling state support, 'you're painting a pretty fair picture of higher ed,' he continued. 'It's not what it should be. What's broken in higher ed is the priorities, and it's been broken for a long time.'" Administrator Hiring Drove 28% Boom in Higher-Ed Work Force, Report Says By Scott Carlson

February 12, 2016
Reprinted by request -- 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. We've discussed some of its details in the series, "Is Rodney Bennett Qualified to be President of USM?" So far comments from readers seem to fall into two categories:

February 15, 2016
Reprinted by request -- 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.

February 16, 2016
Update Can Mary Research? A Review of Mary Morgan Anderson's Research Over the Past Six Years A recent review of USM's School of Accountancy's web page revealed a great deal about the apparently non-existent research record of Associate Professor Mary Morgan Anderson. As previously reported, Anderson is best known for her activities as a "slipstream artist" because Anderson's work is almost exclusively the result of her relationship with Ted Englebrecht, Anderson's mentor at Louisiana Tech University.

February 17, 2016
Is your retirement safe? According to Mississippi Litigation Review and Commentary in November 2013, "The good news is that the PERS investment return improved to 13.4%. The bad news is that despite the improved (and unsustainable) investment performance, the funding deficit grew by $3 million. The reason is that there are not enough active members in the system to support the growing number of retirees."


February 18, 2016
Letter to the Editor and Response As the turmoil at USM has appeared to increase, usmnews.net has received a number of requests for access to a complete copy of Dr. Bennett's CV and dissertation. We are publishing a link to the CV. However, due to copyright law, we are unable to publish the dissertation. However, you may order your own copy from Dr. Bennett's doctoral granting university. Alternatively, usmnews.net will loan you its copy. Send the editor a request with your mailing address.

February 19, 2016
Dear usmnews.net, Your recent report about Mary Anderson's lack of publications has raised issues that I am sure she wishes were buried and forgotten. For those who may not remember, several years ago Mary Anderson claimed an impressive Accounting Horizons pub (A-level).

February 22, 2016
Reprinted by request -- Why is Stephen Bushardt a Professor Emeritus? Stephen Bushardt, retired as a management professor from the College of Business, University of Southern Mississippi. If you check the listing of emeritus professors, Mr. Bushardt is included. That honor was awarded during former president Martha Saunders' tenure and continues to this day on current president Rodney Bennett's watch. Curiously, no one seems concerned the Bushardt was the subject of a Temporary Restraining Order obtained by his wife in the course of divorce proceedings.

February 23, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 1 usmnews.net commences a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. Tonight we start with Nugget, the Golden Eagle mascot, being starved to death.


February 24, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 2 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. This morning we continue with "Tablegate".


February 25, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 3 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. This morning we continue with "Mississippi's Climate Unhealthy for Academics" which hearkens back to one of the most public examples of academic intolerance and abuse at the University of Southern Mississippi.
February 26, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 4 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. This morning we continue with U. of Southern Mississippi Plans to Cut Programs and 29 Faculty Jobs.

February 29, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 5 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. This morning we continue with Sham (Presidential) Search at Southern Miss. The IHL seems surprised that searches conducted in secret ending with presentation of their "preferred" candidate repeatedly ends in disaster.


March 1, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 6 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. This morning we continue with Some Faculty Members Question Whether Changes at U. of Southern Mississippi Take Emphasis Away From Teaching. This article underscores many of the reasons Southern Miss seems perpetually mired in the fourth tier.
March 2, 2016
Updated 2-March-2016 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 curre nt b-school dean openings. Long-time readers of USMNEWS.net are aware that Faye Gilbert is the current dean of the CoB. Another former CoB administrator, Farhang Niroomand, currently holds the dean’s post at the University of Houston – Victoria. Each of these is listed among all southern university/college business deans in USMNEWS.net’s series on deans’ salaries entitled The BSD Pay Project. The BSD Pay Project can be found using the Google search bar located here at USMNEWS.net. That reports notes that Gilbert is currently earning $233,300 per year, while Niroomand earns $193,217 per year.
March 3, 2016
Updated 2-March-2016 The CoB’s Brain Drain Compilation, 2003-Present An Illustrated Account There is little argument with the notion that the College of Business at USM has been severely diminished by the faculty flight that has occurred since former CoB dean, Harold Doty, assumed the reins of management. Doty’s tenure began in 2003, when he was hired by former USM President, Shelby Thames, to lead the newly reorganized College of Business & Economic Development. It ended in April of 2007, just after the CoB had received an ominous report from the AACSB requiring a 6th Year Maintenance of Accreditation Review, when Doty and his associate dean, Farhang Niroomand, “resigned” amidst suspicion and speculation.
March 4, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 7 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. As faculty, are your email communications private? At Southern Miss, the answer is no. What is the impact on academic freedom? While usmnews.net will not attempt to answer this question for everyone, many faculty tell our reporters and editors that they are "afraid" to use Southern Miss email accounts for any communications which administrators might find objectionable.

March 7, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 8 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. The incident we address today is not merely embarrassing, it is disgusting and despicable. During the late 1950's, Aubrey K. Lucas was the Director of Admissions at Mississippi Southern College, later named the University of Southern Mississippi, when Mr. Clyde Kennard applied for admission.
March 8, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 9 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. This morning we continue with "Faulkner Scholar Lands on His Feet" which stands as a reminder of a long history of "vindictive" and "pusillanimous" behavior directed at faculty who dare disagree.


March 9, 2016
An increasing number of anonymous reports have pointed to an uptick in on campus mobbing at Southern Miss. As a matter of public interest, usmnews.net will republish articles about this troublesome topic. If you believe you are a victim, you probably are. How Do You Know If You Are The Target Of A Mobbing? Over the next few days usmnews.net will publish excerpts from an excellent article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Mob Rule: In departmental disputes, professors can act just like animals, John Gravois, http://chronicle.com, Section: The Faculty, Volume 52, Issue 32, Page A10.




March 10, 2016
Dear usmnews.net, Thanks for revisiting Southern Miss' history of mobbing. Word on campus is that the situation is worse now than it was in Saunders' darkest days. People have been subjected to very public verbal assaults (the proverbial "F-bomb"), huge amounts of turnover in some offices because of the abusive atmosphere, administrators fired for no reason and replaced with cronies, and on and on.

March 15, 2016
An increasing number of anonymous reports have pointed to an uptick in on campus mobbing at Southern Miss. As a matter of public interest, usmnews.net will republish articles about this troublesome topic. If you believe you are a victim, you probably are. The Administrative Roll in Mobbing Usmnews.net continues to publish excerpts from an excellent article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Mob Rule: In departmental disputes, professors can act just like animals, John Gravois, http://chronicle.com, Section: The Faculty, Volume 52, Issue 32, Page A10. It is based, in significant part, on the work of Kenneth Westhues who has made an extensive study of academic mobbing. The article comments on the administrative roll in mobbing.


March 16, 2016
An increasing number of anonymous reports have pointed to an uptick in on campus mobbing at Southern Miss. As a matter of public interest, usmnews.net will republish articles about this troublesome topic. If you believe you are a victim, you probably are. 31st & Pearl A Supporter of which the University Should be Proud? Here's how a proud graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi expresses his "love" of the University of Southern Mississippi in his own words on EaglePost Where Southern Miss Fans meet on the net (please note that the following has been edited for profanity):



March 17, 2016
An increasing number of anonymous reports have pointed to an uptick in on campus mobbing at Southern Miss. As a matter of public interest, usmnews.net will republish articles about this troublesome topic. If you believe you are a victim, you probably are. What did Martha Saunders teach me? Martha Saunders and her fellow mobbers taught me how to regard them. If you find yourself hunted by such miscreants, usmnews.net offers, by example, details of how to regard them. Let's start with the following sworn testimony of Martha Saunders. She, in her own words-under oath, identifies herself. Let me show you what I'm talking about. Observe her for yourself.

March 18, 2016
Dear usmnews.net,Thank you for loaning me your copy of Dr. Bennett's dissertation. After reading it, I can't help but question whether Dr. Bennett's dissertation meets the standards for a doctoral dissertation at any respectable university. Having reviewed this dissertation it is easy to understand Dr. Bennett's focus on retention and credentialing. A doctorate supported by an unpublished and, in my opinion unpublishable, dissertation supported his road to the position of president of Southern Miss.

March 21, 2016
Reprinted by request -- FEELING SAFE AT USM In fact, in Dr. Cherylynn Becker's case, she was literally promoted following her dubious and threatening conduct.
March 22, 2016
Reprinted by request -- FEELING SAFE AT USM ... In each case, the conduct was ignored, and by being ignored, was promoted at USM. The witness was an untenured assistant professor. The administrator was Farhang Niroomand. I Will Never Be Alone Behind Closed Doors With An Administrator At USM Ever Again. "He [Farhang Niroomand] was very agitated. He was very red faced. And I remember him pointing his finger at me and saying, "I ought to kick your ass." At that moment, I said I will never be alone behind closed doors with an administrator at USM ever again.
March 24, 2016
Reprinted by request -- FEELING SAFE AT USM 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 an affidavit filed in Federal Court: "an incident of no consequence" ... On September 28, 2007, less than twenty four hours after I offered sworn testimony before Judge Keith Starrett pertaining to a motion for temporary restraining order filed by Dr. Chauncey M. DePree, Jr., I was accosted and threatened by D. Harold Doty, who is a Defendant in the action filed by Dr. DePree.

March 29, 2016
Reprinted by request -- Getting To Know Your Cob Up Close And Personal (Under Oath): We continue "Getting to know your CoB up close and personal (under oath) ..." with untenured assistant professor Mary Anderson. She has no peer when it comes to ignorance and intolerance. Consider her testimony under oath: "A: [the professor] had all these memos on his door, you know, and I found them offensive, students would ask about them. And one night I just tore them all down.


March 31, 2016
Reprinted by request -- Mr. Gore, you have engaged in the unlicensed practice of law. By letter dated 6-Nov-2013, Lee Gore was advised that his conduct as General Counsel for the University of West Florida constituted the unlawful practice of law.

April 4, 2016
Reprinted by request Is Lee Gore Licensed to Practice Law in Florida? As usmnews.net readers may know, the Florida Bar is investigating Lee P. Gore, past General Counsel at the University of Southern Mississippi and current General Counsel/Assistant to President Bense, for practicing law without a license in the State of Florida. On August 1, 2013, Independent News also reported the Gore investigation and added additional information about the case.

April 5, 2016
Reprinted by request Lee Gore -- Martha Saunders' Assistant But for how long? As previously reported by usmnews.net, Lee P. Gore, former University Counsel at Southern Miss, and former General Counsel at the University of West Florida was out as General Counsel at UWF . According to Jesse Farthing, reporter for Rick's Blog, "Lee Gore, who was heading up the University of West Florida Office of the General Counsel, has been terminated from that position, as of Oct. 31, 2013 for failing to become a member of the Florida Bar before his contractual deadline for doing so was up." Farthing reported, and usmnews.net confirmed, Gore was identified as assistant to the provost, effective 1-Nov 2013.

April 6, 2016
Reprinted by request -- Lee P. Gore "TROUBLED COUNSEL AT UWF" As of September 4, 2013, The Florida Bar (Protecting Rights, Pursuing Justice, Promoting Professionalism) is still reporting Lee P. Gore as the "Troubled Counsel At UWF." "TROUBLED COUNSEL AT UWF -- Pensacola Independent News Weekly, Aug. 1, 2013. The Florida Bar has opened an investigation into Lee Gore, who runs the University of West Florida Office of the General Counsel, after receiving a complaint that he had been practicing law without a license.

April 7, 2016
Reprinted by request -- Lee Gore, The University of West Florida and The Florida Bar Association Part 2 Zabetti Pappas has provided usmnews.net with documents relating to Lee Gore's employment obtained through a Florida Open Records request. The records paint a troubling picture which will not be surprising to many of Gore's former colleagues. Sources tell usmnews.net that fast and loose interpretation and application of rules were part of his history at Southern Miss.

April 8, 2016
One of the most common questions heard by usmnews.net -- Dear usmnews.net, I looked at WorldCat's Dissertations and found this: The impact of selective factors related to completing the Doctor of Arts degree at Middle Tennessee State University / Rodney D Bennett 1996 English Book : Thesis/dissertation/manuscript Archival Material xi, 113 leaves ; 28 cm. The only copy is owned by the TSU library. You might want to look at Cook Library's Dissertations and Theses and see if the full text is available. How can he ethically be involved in making tenure decisions about faculty with no tenured publications of his own?

April 11, 2016
Revisiting Harold Doty ... George Carter, former chairman of the former Economics, Finance and International Business Department at USM said what a lot of current and former faculty thought. The difference -- Carter managed to get himself recorded. “I can’t be in his presence more than just a minute or two before I have to get away before I say something I shouldn’t . . . It’s just something about him . . . it’s who he is. And, to me, he’s not somebody I want to be around. . . I can’t take him.... Fortunately, [CoB Associate Dean] Farhang [Niroomand] is a person I can work with real well, . . . so as an administrator, things can get done. If it were me having to work with the Dean [D. Harold Doty], I couldn’t do this job. I can’t walk into his office. I just can’t."

April 12, 2016
Reprinted by request -- Jackson Embarrasses Self, CoB at AAA Meeting in California - The CoB's Interim SAIS Director, Steven Jackson, embarrassed both himself and USM's CoB at the recent American Accounting Association's annual meeting in Anaheim, California. Jackson attended a morning session featuring a presentation by USMNEWS.net's editor, Marc DePree, who also introduced Jackson to the session's moderator. After the session had progressed some extent, an attendee who had been sitting near Jackson stopped the session and reported to those in attendance that Jackson was recording the session
April 18, 2016
Reprinted by request -- Does Patty Munn Gossip, part 3 Based on a review of Patty Munn's sworn testimony it appears she loves to pass on gossip. We'll start a series of some of her favorites. Sometimes she's the subject of gossip. We'll report those, too. Here's another example of her predisposition to gossip. (This example was previously reported on usmnews.net. Munn was under oath, by the way.) Gossip, in her own words, represents the sum total of her knowledge, and she doesn't hesitate to use gossip to ruin other peoples' lives. You may be next, if you don't "view the world in the correct manner," her "correct" manner.


April 20, 2016
Reprinted by request -- Dr. Bennett's Contract of Employment Among the Mississippi Open Records Act requests usmnews.net made recently was for "…contracts and/or agreements relating to the employment of Dr. Rodney D. Bennett by the Institutions of Higher Learning and/or the University of Southern Mississippi which were entered into between the University of Southern Mississippi, and/or the Institutions of Higher Learning, Dr. Rodney Bennett, or any other entity. This request includes, but is not limited to, the terms of employment, salary, fringe benefits, and financial or other allowances paid to or on behalf of Dr. Rodney Bennett."

April 26, 2016