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.)
December 18, 2014

Checks and Balances

Holiday Predictions for 2015, part 2-- with editorial comment

Letter to the editor -- Dear usmnews.net

reprinted by request -- Skip, When Did You Include Gwen as a Coauthor on the Recent Article? Did She Do Anything To Earn It?

An Opportunity to Consider
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.

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
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.

November 25, 2014
Something every professor should consider

"College Admits Error for Disciplining Professor for 'Game of Thrones' Photo October 30, 2014 by Andy Thomason A community college has admitted that it may have violated a professor's constitutional rights when it suspended him for posting a photograph of a shirt featuring a quotation from the popular HBO television series Game of Thrones, reports The Record, a New Jersey newspaper.
Except for breaking news, usmnews.net will suspend publication until after the New Year,
December 1, 2014
breaking news UAB Is Shutting Down its Football Program Sports Illustrated and Inside Higher Education are reporting that the University of Alabama Birmingham is preparing to shut down its football program. According to SI "Alabama-Birmingham is firing athletic director Brian Mackin and will announce later this week that it will be shutting down its football program, according to a source familiar with the matter."

December 5, 2014
What does it cost to have the worst football team in the worst conference in the United States? Part 1 Here is Southern Miss' football stadium on Saturday, November 29, 2014. ... The USA Today released a complete set of information on each institution to the general public. USM shows up at 108th (dropping from the 105th position the prior year) in the overall ranking, after having generated $22,776,416 million in total revenues during 2013. Only $2,930,731 of this total came from ticket sales. Student fees ($6,128,573), school funds ($3,674,201) and "other" funds ($1,228,935) account for more than 48% of the school's total sports revenues.

December 8, 2014
What does it cost to have the worst football team in the worst conference in the United States? Part 2 Answer: $100,000,000.00
University of Alabama, Birmingham recently made the decision to shut down its football program because it wasn't financially viable. Some commentators have observed that Alabama has two big-money very expensive football teams. It doesn't need another one.
December 9, 2014
Editorial Gwen Pate Is At It Again Always be cautious about what University of Southern Mississippi administrators say about the University of Southern Mississippi -- particularly inflated claims about quality. Usmnews.net has reported many instances of misrepresen- tations. The recent bloviation by Gwen Pate, Director of School of Accountancy is instructive. She touted a report by "Accounting Degree Review," an unknown organization without credentials or affiliation.

December 10, 2014
Postscript Gwen Pate Is At It Again Yesterday's report discussed the dubious representations made by Gwen Pate, Director of USM's School of Accountancy, about the School. Not discussed was her claim that the School's accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) is additional evidence of the quality of USM' s School

December 11, 2014
USM Next? UAB recently ended its money losing, mediocre, very expensive football program. Will USM do the same? Here are reasons, from a USM fan, President Bennett should do the same to USM's football program:

December 12, 2014
An Opportunity to Consider "'Rolling Stone' Account of Rape at UVa Continues to Crumble The Washington Post on Wednesday published new details that cast additional doubts on Rolling Stone magazine's graphic portrayal of an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house.

December 17, 2014
Dear usmnews.net The fan blogs have been hot with discussions whether Southern Miss has a future in the college sports industry. Many of the fans believe, for a number of reasons, that it does not. I agree with those fans. Earlier this year, The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an article How Much Does It Cost to Recruit a Star Athlete?

December 18, 2014
Holiday Predictions for 2015- part 2, usmnews.net continues to receive predictions for 2015. Please feel free to share your predictions with our readers. 1) Student enrollment will decline for the third year in a row by something between 5% and 7%. President Bennett will continue to offer excuses, while ignoring the fact that Southern Miss is pricing itself out of the market.

so our reporters and contributors may enjoy the Holiday Season with families and friends
December 19, 2014
Checks and Balances "'As a university president, if you don't look at this report and ask, 'Can I be certain that we have the right checks and balances in place?' you've missed the boat,' one college president said in response to the [UNC-Chapel Hill] investigation [of fake classes for atheletes]..." 2014 Influence List: Muckraker, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 15-Dec-2014

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and prosperous Holiday Season!