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.)
November 21, 2014

Letter to the Editor -- Dear usmnews.net

Breaking News 3.2 Percent Additional Tuition Hikes at USM

Editorial Myths and misconceptions abound in academe
and here's a doozie

Letter to the Editor -- Dear usmnews.net

Special Report Websites Call for Firing of Monken

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.

Saw Rigolleto at the Houston Grand Opera. Wow! Just as good as New York.

Marc DePree, Editor, usmnews.net
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 August, 2014
October 1, 2014
Are you a member of PERS? Part 3 Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) of Mississippi publishes Forward. In the Winter 2014 issue, an article by Pat Robertson entitled "Projection reports show PERS on positive path" offers a forward projection that is absurd:
retirees available to satisfy its pension requirements."
October 2, 2014
Are you a member of PERS? Part 4 In this series-Are you a member of PERS?-we've ignored PERS' 8% investment return assumption. What does it mean? Where does this 8% come from? Who chooses it? Why? Let's take a look at it. You need to understand the tomfoolery-no, let's not be cute, let's use accurate terminology-you need to understand the deception 8% investment return assumption perpetrates on retirees and taxpayers

October 3, 2014
Editorial Sami Dakhlia As you can see, a visitor to usmnews recently reviewed reports about Sami Dakhlia, possibly looking into his background. Or, maybe it was Sami, himself. If that's you Sami, are you behaving yourself? If it's not Sami, read on.

October 6, 2014
Updated 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.
October 7, 2014
Imagine… Previous Governor Barbour suggested reorganizing Mississippi's universities. Not a bad idea. See, "So goes football, so goes USM," below. It prompted "Imagine." Mississippi university football teams may be exhibit No. 1 in support of reorganizing Mississippi universities.

October 8, 2014
USM's enrollment is down significantly -- again According to the IHL, USM's "unduplicated headcount" once again dropped from 15,249 (Fall 2013) to 14,845 (Fall 2014). This change represented a 2.6% drop in enrollment. usmnews.net readers may recall that enrollment dropped from 16,468 students (Fall 2012) to 15,325 students (Fall 2013) for a devastating 2013 6.9% drop in enrollment.
October 9, 2014
Editorial Let's Not Forget The Frightened, Powerless Toadies In the following report, John Brown (accounting instructor at USMGC) demonstrates that instructors, without power or standing, frequently succumb to pressure applied by administrators and a mob. A year-to-year contract, no meaningful research record, perhaps instructors believe they have no choice.

October 10, 2014
USM has "higher admission standards," Mr. Bennett? Consider a recent Hattiesburg American article: "HPD investigates 9 other suspects in flamingo case." According to the report, at least one and as many as 10 students stole a Chilean flamingo from the local zoo. As a consequence, while the investigation goes on, one student and Delta Mu chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha have been suspended.

October 15, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, A lot of us have read the Message from the President [University Budget Update] and wonder why he can't see the obvious: TUITION IS TOO HIGH! WE CAN'T AFFORD IT!! [emphasis in original] Every year the tuition goes up. Every year fees go up. Every year books go up. Every year more money is wasted on a losing football team. If the University cut costs and reduced tuition and fees, I think there would be a dramatic turnaround in enrollment.

October 16, 2014
What is the Quality of USM's MBA Program? Carefully crafted representations made by USM must be carefully assessed. As indicated in the multitude of reports contained on usmnews.net's webpage, USM does not have a stellar reputation for quality or candor.

October 17, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, So glad to hear that Dean Gilbert thinks USM's unranked MBA program is so great. If I stretched the truth to the point of breaking, I would be embarrassed. If she is proud of the program, do you think she's proud of Cheri Becker?

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.

October 19, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, The Faculty union gave Bense a "No Confidence" vote. Bense responded by making Saunders UWF's Executive V.P.
This is a ridiculous response in light of how much damage Saunders cost USM...see attached ILH minutes that contains additional evidence of why Saunders and Gore "resigned."

October 21, 2014
Playing the Game? If you haven't read Widespread Nature of Chapel Hill's Academic Fraud Is Laid Bare by Jack Stripling in yesterday's Chronicle of Higher Education, take a few minutes to do so. It is well worth your time. As you read the article, ask yourself, is UNC-CH the only university "... to create no-show classes that would keep underprepared and unmotivated players eligible. ..."

October 24, 2014
Must reading for all college big-money sports fans: "Welcome to the Big-Time College-Sports Sausage Factory." If you think USM and other colleges' sports programs are different, you're naive. "Welcome to the Big-Time College-Sports Sausage Factory At midafternoon on Wednesday, on a day that had dawned crisp and clear, with fall clearly in the air, Carol L. Folt, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spoke to the press...".

October 27, 2014
Same Old Song In an April 2014 Hattiesburg American article entitled "Bennett's first year at USM a busy one," Ed Kemp reported, Rodney Bennett says he's had to bring the surgeon's clamp to his first year as president of the University of Southern Mississippi. "I think this was a year when we just had to stop the bleeding," he said. "We haven't done the surgery yet." Apparently, Bennett decided to postpone the "surgery" until faced with yet another drop in student population.

October 28, 2014
October 30, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, I don't know what you are hearing from campus, but the situation is bad and expected to get worse. Southern Miss has lost almost 10% of its student body. Some of us think the number is even higher and total enerollment is even lower, but is hidden behind the way the IHL and the school counts the number of students.
November 3, 2014
Where in the World is Lee Gore? Is Lee back home after his missteps, misconduct, and abrupt departures from USM, UWF, and Florida? Here's usmnews.net's most recent report on Lee P. Gore. (Many more are included in usmnews.net's archives.)

November 4, 2014
Administrative Bloat USM has led the way in massive growth in administrators. As of 2009, The Chronicle of Higher Education, reported that USM had one of the "biggest increases" in the nation in "growth in managers and support personnel relative to enrollment.": 84%. The following comment is the primary point of this report.

November 10, 2014
USM Reports Devastating Potential NCAA Violation According to the Bleacher Report, the NCAA has announced that Southern Miss is under investigation for "... how tuition, living expenses and other fees were paid for "Prop 48" recruits who signed with the Golden Eagles but were academically ineligible out of high school or junior college." What are "Prop 48" recruits? According to Sporting News, Prop 48 ... is an NCAA regulation that sets a standard for athletic eligibility based on a prospective student-athlete's grades.

November 11, 2014
Guest Editorial Defining the Problem Let's begin today's report with the question raised at the end of yesterday's report, USM Reports Devastating Potential NCAA Violation: "How do academic institutions have any claim to ethical conduct or integrity, if this behavior 'happens everywhere'?" The short answer is many academic institutions have no claim to ethical conduct or integrity. Unfortunately, the University of Southern Mississippi is numbered among those schools that fall short of claims to ethical conduct or integrity.
November 12, 2014
Identifying the Real Problem for an Academic Institution Today, we'll entertain the real problem USM faces with its latest violation of NCAA rules and it is not "…how tuition, living expenses and other fees were paid for 'Prop 48'…" "student athletes."

November 13, 2014
Your Tax Dollars and Tuition Dollars Supporting Higher Education

November 14, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, Word around campus is that Southern Miss is taking the [alleged] violations of NCAA rules more seriously than anyone is letting on. Southern Miss just put The Lightfoot Law firm on the payroll to defend it against the claims. If your readers never heard of the Birmingham, AL based firm, it is the one that Texas A&M hired to keep Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel eligible.
November 17, 2014
Special Report Websites Call for Firing of Monken With the 13-Nov-2014 loss to San Antonio by a score of 10-12, many USM fans have given up on the Todd Monken administration of USM's football program. To date, Coach Monken has managed to accumulate a grand total of four wins in those two years.
November 18, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, The fans may be complaining about [Head Football Coach Todd] Monken and [AD McGillis]. With the God-awful last few seasons its really to be expected. What I don't think a lot of people realize is there is a mounting whisper campaign among the faculty that it is time for [USM President Rodney D.] Bennett to go.
November 19, 2014
Editorial Myths and misconceptions abound in academe
and here's a doozie
Consider a Chronicle of Higher Education report (11.17.2014) entitled, "Think Students in Your Class Might Be Cheating? Here's What to Do." Randall Balmer observed students cheating in his "Sports, Ethics, and Religion" course. "So while he did not relish the duty, ..."

November 20, 2014
Breaking News 3.2 Percent Additional Tuition Hikes at USM Jeff Amy's 19-November-2014 report for The Hattiesburg American concerning the 3.2% tuition increase facing in-state USM students beginning 2014-15 cut to the core of the issue "Still, increasing college costs are far outstripping stagnant family incomes. In-state tuition will rise 66 percent from fall 2005 to fall 2015, while household incomes have been basically flat in Mississippi. It now takes about 17 percent of the typical Mississippi family's income

November 21, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, Shades of USM at Delta State-- Have you seen this? Sounds so familiar.