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.)
February 26, 2015

A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 9

A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 8

A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 7

Letter to the Editor -- Dear usmnews.net

A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 6



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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"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 January, 2015
Nothing like a brisk workout to keep you young and healthy (situps in process)
February 2, 2015
Poor Decisions By A Poor State A recent report puts the finances of Mississippi in perspective. It may be useful to keep the following facts-we can't even pay our own bills-in mind when making expenditures for luxuries like the renovation of Reed Green Coliseum. "States compete with each other in order to attract businesses, for example, or to attract students to their universities. However, given the major demographic, economic, political, and geographical differences between different states,...".

February 3, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, A couple days ago Athletic Director Bill McGillis said, "'We're facing adversity and we've got more adversity coming'." While McGillis was talking about Southern Miss' beleaguered basketball program, many of us think he could be talking about the University as a whole.

February 4, 2015
Guest Editorial Ending the Tax Break for Sport Fans A widely overlooked paragraph in President Obama's recent budget is a proposal to end the tax deduction available to some fans for donations they make to get seats at college sporting events. According to Bloomberg News "[b]y closing what the White House calls a loophole in the system, people would pay about $2.5 billion over the next decade in higher taxes. Currently, college sports fans can deduct 80 percent of the cost of such donations."

February 5, 2015
What a Waste of Money!! Here is a picture provided by a reader that is reported to be a first quarter photograph of The Rock taken during the 29-Nov-2014 blowout of the Golden Eagles by UAB.


February 6, 2015
USM's $1.74 Million Dollar "Blue Collar" Football Fashion Statement Let's revisit details of yesterday's report, "What a Waste of Money." Consider the language describing USM's renovation of a football locker room (you can almost hear cheerleaders singing these words, while their pompoms are sprinkling pixie dust on the readers):

February 9, 2015
Going, Going, Gone With Joe Paul's recent retirement, usmnews.net was requested to take a look at turnover at the senior levels since the days of Shelby Thames. Listed below are a number of senior people from the Thames administration who held important positions in the Saunders administration. It appears that former President Saunders and current President Bennett have divested many of the remainder.


February 10, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, There is always something new and interesting in the IHL Board Book. Here's something that got my attention: "Approved the request to hire attorney William Wessler to perform services necessary and render legal advice, recommendations, and representation to the university in the practice area of bankruptcy."

February 13, 2015
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 16, 2015
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 17, 2015
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 18, 2015
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 4 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting natio19nally 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 19, 2015
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.

February 20, 2015
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.

February 23, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, I saw the following on one of the Southern Miss sports chat rooms. Looks like some of the fans are coming around to your point of view. "At any rate, the madness has to stop at some point and the big powers at USM will have to decide whether or not they want to continue to invest tens of millions of dollars into 3 different failing sports that seem to fall further and further behind the pack with each passing year. Where is the return on investment?"

February 24, 2015
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

February 25, 2015
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 8 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.

February 26, 2015
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.