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",
March 6, 2014
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cost and usage data obtained through
open records requests.
It's only human to be curious. And, what is hidden is the
most tempting. Like the personal lives of those who lord it
over us for so many of our most formative years: Teachers!
The most influential among them are university professors.
Like to peek in on how university faculty and
administrators behave in their natural habitat? Listen in on
their private conversations? Glimpse what they're really up
to? Rufus McCoy instantly beams you to the exotic and
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Saw Rigolleto at the Houston Grand Opera. Wow! Just as good as
Marc DePree, Editor, usmnews.net
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.
Dear usmnews.net, The articles you have been running about the
testimony of people in the College of Business have been very thought
provoking. Ten years ago, I would have said that Alvin Williams
[former interim dean] of the CoB was one of the most honorable men
at the University.
February 12, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, You have previously published excerpts from
President Bennett's CV. Would you please publish the entire
updated Aunt Martha’s Coaches Did Saunders Lose the Magic Touch?
Or, Did She Ever Have It? After the University of Wisconsin at
Whitewater won the Division III national championship in 2007, former
USM President Martha Saunders blogged that during the 2006-07
academic year while Chancellor at UW-W she had hired the first-year
coach who led UW-W to the title. Apparently, Saunders believed that
much of credit for the UW-W national championship was due to her
special talents at selecting coaches.
February 19, 2014
February 20, 2014
updated Will 2013-14 be a Banner Year? During the 2012-13
academic year, USMNEWS.net staff followed the progress of USM's
athletics. As you can see, the Golden Eagles sports units won only
40.8% of their contests (i.e., 200.5 wins, incl. ties, in 492 contests)
during 2012-13, a result representing anything but a “banner year.”
February 21, 2014
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 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
Dear usmnews.net, I was looking through the February [20, 2014] IHL
Board Book [pdf page 81] and I noticed something interesting.
Southern Miss just hired Bryan, Nelson, PA as legal counsel. Did you
know that John Mark Weathers [current University Counsel] used to be
a partner with that firm? Another example of the good old boy network