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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 9, 2016

Reprinted by request -- Rodney Bennett's Extravagance Part 5 - While we witness "TTT" of USM football ...

Reprinted by request -- Rodney Bennett's Extravagance Part 4 - While we witness "TTT" of USM football...

Reprinted by request -- Rodney Bennett's Extravagance Part 3 - While we witness "TTT" of USM football...

Reprinted by request -- Rodney Bennett's Extravagance Part 2 - Another Sports Event

Reprinted by request -- Rodney Bennett's Extravagance Part 1 - 'Fly Me Out to the Ball Game'





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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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.

Read an excerpt from "Tobacco Pharm: Trust No One Tell No One." The sudden death of a healthy young man alerts Windsor Tobacco Company that its cigarettes are contaminated. The disease is a quick killer and mimics common oat cell lung cancer. If the genetic contamination of nicotine is not quickly averted, there will be no Windsor cigarettes, no Windsor-Es, and no Windsor Tobacco Company. In fact, no cigarette industry at all.

November 3, 2015
Farhang Niroomand On October 30, 2015, The Chronicle of Higher Education published the following report: "U. of Louisville Apologizes After President Is Photographed in Stereotypical Mexican Costume

November 4, 2015
Ethics, Power and Academic Corruption, part 10 Alleged Standards Violations Colleagues had documents demonstrating that USM-COB's administrators and involved faculty copied, without attribution, "Guidelines" from the CMU/HCBA and the "Academic Integrity Policy" from the Whitman School, Syracuse University. Some colleagues were convinced

November 5, 2015
Ethics, Power and Academic Corruption, part 11 Alleged Standards Violations Colleagues had documents demonstrating that USM-COB's administrators and involved faculty copied, without attribution, "Guidelines" from the CMU/HCBA and the "Academic Integrity Policy" from the Whitman School, Syracuse University. Some colleagues were convinced...

November 11, 2015
Ethics, Power and Academic Corruption, part 12 The Academic Integrity Policy In another secret communication with the AACSB, Dean Doty characterized copying Syracuse's Academic Integrity Policy as "benchmarking." He wrote Dean Ted Cummings, University of Houston, Clear Water, who was Chairman of the AACSB Peer Visitation Team:


Click here for reports for October 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015
November 12, 2015
Lance Nail Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that former University of Southern Mississippi College of Business dean, Lance Nail, effectively committed academic suicide. "November 11, 2015 by Andrew Mytelka Business Dean at Texas Tech Resigns Post After Investigation Into Grade Changes The dean of Texas Tech University's business school has resigned after an investigative panel at the school concluded that he improperly raised the grades of four M.B.A. students who had failed a class, reports The Texas Tribune. The dean, Lance Nail, will remain on the faculty of the Rawls College of Business as a professor of finance, but will leave office as dean by year's end. He did not immediately respond to the Tribune's request for comment...".


November 13, 2015
It's a Matter of Trust (and Lance Nail Threw It Away with Both Hands) Lance Nail's resignation as Dean of the College of Business at Texas Tech followed an investigation and report finding he had tampered with student grades. Sources tell usmnews.net that it is unlikely Lance Nail will survive in higher education. Students wonder if he's changed grades (particularly for the children of donors and/ or other persons in positions of power) and faculty wonder how far he has gone, and will go, in corrupting the student evaluation process. Some question whether he has tampered with grades (or worse) in the past, and if given the chance at another University, will do it in the future.
November 16, 2015
Is Nail Looking for Employment at Victoria University of Wellington?
A visitor to usmnews.net was very interested in reports about Nail. Here's a sample.

November 17, 2015
Ethics, Power and Academic Corruption, part 13 Plagiarism Aided and Abetted by a Failure to Investigate Colleagues had asked the AACSB to consider two issues: whether the copied documents constituted plagiarism and whether USM Faculty Handbook representations to investigate allegations of misconduct were reliable. These two propositions are squarely within the standards AACSB represents as requirements for its members.
November 18, 2015
Ethics, Power and Academic Corruption, part 14 Discussion Colleagues were left to speculate about AACSB's decisions and reasoning. If, for example, the AACSB or USM's COB administrators had evidence or argumentation that the copied materials were boilerplate, then they should let everyone know, as the AACSB does in recommendations regarding public relations news releases.
November 19, 2015
Ethics, Power and Academic Corruption, part 15 Limitations and Conclusion Is there sufficient evidence and relevant alternative perspectives to warrant the falsification of the test proposition? There is no algorithm that, when specific conditions are met, sufficiency of evidence is confirmed. That said, given the evidence provided in this research, the test hypothesis and test proposition that follow are true; the argument is sound and the conclusion, therefore, is true.
November 20, 2015
Ethics, Power and Academic Corruption, part 16 AACSB AFFIRMS COPYING OTHER MEMBERS' SUBMISSION DOCUMENTS "WITHOUT PROPER CITATION" Testing Social Reality Part 2 Introduction - University and AACSB Diversity How do we credibly inform each other about important behavior of our leaders, administrators, and colleagues? Organizations, including universities, announce good news through their public relations departments.
November 23, 2015
Ethics, Power and Academic Corruption, part 17 A Favorable Environment-Universities Where better should diversity thrive? Universities, of course. And, like many colleges and universities, University of Southern Mississippi promises diversity of thought as well as diversity of race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. departments.
November 24, 2015
Ethics, Power and Academic Corruption, part 18 Drawn In During the process of collecting information, the principle investigator, the author, was drawn into the events by the administrators and involved colleagues. Regardless of being involved in the investigation, if a university, with its promises of diversity of ideas, academic freedom, and creation of knowledge effect an environment in which faculty cannot bring "bad news" to the attention to administrators and faculty without being punished, what hope is there that other types of organizations that offer far weaker support will not punish its employees or professionals for speaking out about perceived problems?
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.

See, Choking Dead Chickens
December 5, 2015
Ethics, Power and Academic Corruption, part 19 What USM and AACSB Say USM's Faculty Handbook promises diversity of thought, academic freedom of inquiry and speech, protection from retaliation, and the decentralization of shared governance:
December 7, 2015
Ethics, Power and Academic Corruption, part 20 What USM and AACSB Actually Do USM and AACSB representations advocating diversity are promises. Their actual practice, however, must be observed and the observations documented. A brief summary of their actual practices is provided as an overview before the detailed documentary evidence is presented (Also, see Part 1.):

December 8, 2015
Ethics, Power and Academic Corruption, part 21 Documentation: What University Does in Practice Then-College of Business Interim Dean, Alvin Williams-now a faculty member at The University of South Alabama, in a petition to University President Martha Saunders, wrote, "Professor DePree worked exceptionally hard to derail our attempts at AACSB accreditation. He contacted the AACSB office and made allegations about our programs and processes that were not based on facts.
Ethics, Power and Academic Corruption, part 23 Race and Gender Implications USM's President is [was] a white woman [Martha Saunders]; [then] Interim Dean Alvin Williams is African American male; Dean Harold Doty is a white male; Executive Vice President AACSB is a white male; and involved faculty included white and African American males and females from all disciplines in the College of Business. Diversity of race, gender, and background, therefore, does not imply tolerance of different ideas.
December 11, 2015
Ethics, Power and Academic Corruption, part 22 Documentation: What AACSB Does in Practice Although Researcher DePree offered an opportunity informally to discuss the apparent plagiarism with administrators and faculty who were involved in copying the AACSB submissions "without proper citation," when ignored, he complied with the University Faculty Handbook. Its states the following procedures:

December 9, 2015
January 4, 2016
PAYING FIRED COACHES NOT TO WORK A recent Washington Post article, "College sports' fastest-rising expense: Paying coaches not to work," highlights one of the many idiotic behaviors college administrators perpetrate.... If you think these are bad deals, take a look at Southern Miss' even more moronic participation in this nonsense. As USMNEWS.net has reported, it is customary for coaching contracts to contain buyout offsets to account for payments made when the coach obtains employment elsewhere.


January 5, 2016
Deja vu all over again 4.1 Percent Additional Tuition Hikes at USM Jeff Amy's 19-November-2015 report for The Hattiesburg American confirms a 4.1% tuition increase facing in-state USM students beginning in Fall 2016. Amy states, "[s]till, increasing college costs are outstripping family incomes. In-state tuition will have risen 64 percent from fall 2006 to fall 2016, while household incomes in Mississippi have grown less than 20 percent in that time. The typical Mississippi family must pay 17 percent of its income for tuition at a state university, not counting room and board." What will this mean in dollars and cents to USM students and their families?


January 6, 2016
Dear usmnews.net, Since I know you are interested in business issues and the cost of education, I am sending you a link to a very interesting article -- particularly if you are a parent or a student. Why 2016 Will Be a Big Year For Student Loans. According to the article, the class of 2015 will have an average student loan debt of more than $35,000. As you reported yesterday, tuition at a bottom tier university like Southern Miss will soon exceed $7,000 per year. That's just tuition. It doesn't include books, food, a place to live, transportation, and the list goes on.
January 7, 2016
A comment on Did Byxbe Smell the Tabletgate Smoke? usmnews.net's editorial policy is quoted in relevant part for our reader's convenience: We pride ourselves on the documents and evidence that support our news. We also encourage different points of view in opinion reports. Your news and opinions are valued. Of paramount importance, we welcome corrections to our news reports. Our goal is to establish a foundation for a proud, confident academy that publicly implements a policy of openness and honesty.

January 8, 2016
Supporting Public Higher Education As many usmnews.net reports fully document, The University of Southern Mississippi squanders taxpayer and student money. So, why should taxpayers support USM by giving them anymore state funds? Add to this waste and squandering of our resources, Mississippi is identified as earning the grade of D in its support of higher ed. (See the article below.) Maybe USM should spend the money it gets from taxpayers wisely.


January 11, 2016
USM's Accounting Department and its Record of Publications
Weak leadership - Chair Gwendolyn Pate - and weak publications set a future course at USM's School of Accountancy to continuing as a forth rate school. Look at the Accounting Department list of publications currently posted. They are predominantly low level and irrelevant to the profession AND far too many--and some might say--are most published by faculty long gone from USM. Stand by for more detailed reports.


January 12, 2016
Gwen Pate Gwen Pate has always had a pitifully weak research record, both in quality of publications and numbers of publications. Her path to full professor was through administration; but she spent many, many years as a teacher and produced very little research then, too. How did she attain academic rank when a huge portion of evaluation is research and publication related? And just what does her current administrative position portend for a fourth tier institution like USM and its School of Accountancy?


January 13, 2016
"Ghosting" Following the last two days of reports about Full Professor Gwen Pate, Director of USM's School of Accountancy, we note in this report the practice called "ghosting." "Ghosting" is common knowledge in higher education, but our citizens and students may not know about it. Let's begin by explaining the term. I write a paper. You write a paper. Our friend writes a paper, and so on. We put each other's name on each paper. Each author gets credit for two or three or four papers, instead of just the one each of us wrote.

January 14, 2016
reprinted by request "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" ... Anderson was, however, subsequently exposed as a "slipstream artist" by a report here at USMNEWS.net showing that Anderson's work is (1) almost exclusively the result of her relationship with Ted Englebrecht, Anderson's mentor at Louisiana Tech University, and (2) literally (at this point) uncited.

January 22, 2016
Dear usmnews.net, Please re-print some of the articles about [former President] Saunders', now President [Rodney] Bennett's airplane. In my humble opinion it is unforgivable that they wasted and waste our students' and taxpayers' money. According to the Hattiesburg American, in-state tuition will increase by 4.1% tuition beginning in Fall 2016. That translates to a 64 percent from fall 2006 to fall 2016!
January 25, 2016
ReprintPresident Saunders' Last Days Squandering Students' and Taxpayers' Money Part 1 - 2012 Recent Costs and Uses of King Air N777AQ

January 26, 2016
Reprint Let's All Go to Texas Still Squandering Millions on Airplane N777AQ, Part 2

January 27, 2016
Dear usmnews.net, Here we go again. Southern Miss just announced yet another in a series of increases in tuition. In ten years, tuition has increase by more than 60 per cent. (I'd like a job that would give me pay raises like that!)
February 2, 2016
Reprinted by request The IHL Taxi Service IHL Members: "Hey! Let's Fly Around Mississippi!" Still Squandering Millions on Airplane N777AQ, Part 3

February 3, 2016
Reprinted by request Rodney Bennett's Extravagance Part 1 - 'Fly Me Out to the Ball Game'
Reprinted by request -- Rodney Bennett's Extravagance Part 3 - While we witness "TTT" of USM football...


February 5, 2016
Rodney Bennett's Extravagance Part 2 - Another Sports Event

February 4, 2016
Reprinted by request -- Rodney Bennett's Extravagance Part 4 - While we witness "TTT" of USM football... Let's also witness costs of sports at USM. The details that USM does not volunteer. And wonder if public representations about the cost of USM sports is as inaccurate as the public representation of cost per flight hour and total cost of President Bennett's airplane.



February 8, 2016
In keeping with the request of our readers, usmnews.net is re-printing some of the articles about [former President] Saunders', now President [Rodney] Bennett's airplane. The consensus of our readership is that President Bennett continues to waste our students' and taxpayers' money. As one of our readers wrote "according to the Hattiesburg American, in-state tuition will increase by 4.1% tuition beginning in Fall 2016. That translates to a 64 percent from fall 2006 to fall 2016!" Rodney Bennett's Extravagance Part 5 - While we witness "TTT" of USM football ... Let's also witness costs of sports at USM. The details that USM does not volunteer. And wonder if public representations about the cost of USM sports is as inaccurate as the public representation of cost per flight hour and total cost of President Bennett's airplane.

February 9, 2016