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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.

Chauncey M. DePree, Jr. Editor
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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.)
August 27, 2014

Letter to the Editor -- Dear usmnews.net

Letter to the Editor -- Dear usmnews.net

reprinted by request How does a Q&A dialogue unfold when an attorney catches a witness lying? Re: Steven Jackson

reprinted by request How does a Q&A dialogue unfold when an attorney catches a witness lying? Re: Gwendolyn Ann Pate

reprinted by request How does a Q&A dialogue unfold when an attorney catches a witness lying?

Exited Stage Left Good to Great Heading West Carr, Kozar, Fisher and Lo Leave the CoB for Bigger Opportunities
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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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"


"VIRGINIA TECH DANGER!"

Echoes of Mississippi Supremacists
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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 July, 2014
August 8, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, The word around the water cooler is that now that Gwen Pate has become Director of the SofA [School of Accountancy], Mary Morgan Anderson is once again hopeful that she may become a full professor. As you probably know Anderson's father [Jerry Morgan] was chairman of the accounting department when Southern Miss supported Pate's doctoral program.
August 11, 2014
More Smoke and Mirrors More Public Relations Nonsense Consider the recent "news" release from USM: Southern Miss, MGCCC Enter Concurrent Enrollment Agreement


August 12, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, I read your article about Southern Miss, MGCCC Enter Concurrent Enrollment Agreement. I'm not sure why they [USM and MGCCC] need a concurrent enrollment agreement, unless they are, as you suggest, up to something.

August 13, 2014
Reprinted by request Dear usmnews.net, Word around the CoB is that Mary Anderson is furious over the recent series on her [lack of] research. I don’t have first hand knowledge. Since she [Anderson] is generally disliked, people tend to avoid her. What have you heard?

August 14, 2014
Costs of College Continue to Rise and Rise Faster Than Just About Everything Else CNBC today reported "Purdue's Daniels sees pushback on college costs." The seemingly "unlimited ability" of colleges to increase costs has "run its course" as a business model for higher education, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels told CNBC on Wednesday…"Let's try something different," ..."


August 15, 2014
Exited Stage Left Good to Great Losses of Blettner and Trevino Still Showing in USM’s CoB The 2002-2010 period for USM’s business school was one of turmoil and loss. During that period, one that was largely characterized by the failed deanship of D. Harold Doty (2003-07), hordes of high-quality faculty departed the organization. This new usmnews.net series looks back on many of those faculty, concentrating mainly on what they have accomplished in the years since exiting stage left of the b-school at USM.
August 18, 2014
. . . breaking news . . . USM Softball Coaches Resign HATTIESBURG – In a shocking move, co-head coaches of USM’s softball program, Jon Malgradi and Kirsten Voak, resigned on 15-Aug-2014. As reported in The Hattiesburg American, the duo leaves USM with the dismal overall record of 49-106, a record that USMNEWS.net has followed throughout their time in Hattiesburg.

August 19, 2014
No surprise here The fact that Southern Miss' co-head softball coaches have taken the extraordinary measure of stepping down at the beginning of the Fall Semester, comes as no surprise to regular readers of usmnews.net.
August 20, 2014
Exited Stage Left Good to Great Heading West Carr, Kozar, Fisher and Lo Leave the CoB for Bigger OpportunitiesThe 2002-2010 period for USM’s business school was one of turmoil and loss. During that period, one that was largely characterized by the failed deanship of D. Harold Doty (2003-07), hordes of high-quality faculty departed the organization. This new usmnews.net series looks back on many of those faculty, concentrating mainly on what they have accomplished in the years since exiting stage left of the b-school at USM.
August 21, 2014
reprinted by request How does a Q&A dialogue unfold when an attorney catches a witness lying? Re: Mary Morgan Anderson, Part 4 Let me modify the title and substance a bit: How does a Q&A dialogue unfold when an attorney catches a witness exhibiting “a loose screw”? Re: Mary Morgan Anderson, Part 4
August 22, 2014
reprinted by request How does a Q&A dialogue unfold when an attorney catches a witness lying? Re: Gwendolyn Ann Pate Let me modify the title and substance a bit: How does a Q&A dialogue unfold when an attorney catches a witness exhibiting “a loose screw”? Re: Gwendolyn Ann Pate
August 25, 2014
reprinted by request How does a Q&A dialogue unfold when an attorney catches a witness lying? Re: Steven Jackson Let me modify the title and substance a bit: How does a Q&A dialogue unfold when an attorney catches a witness exhibiting “a loose screw”? Re: Steven Jackson
August 26, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, Any news on what the head count [at Southern Miss] will be this year? The overall impression on Campus is headcount will be down again unless President Bennett does something like count the people at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
August 27, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, I couldn't fail to notice that you hadn't commented on Tom Lindley's retirement. His departure was, much like his tenure at Southern Miss -- dignified and professional. The CoB is a far worse, and academically weaker place, for his absence.