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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.

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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.)
September 16, 2014

Letter to the Editor -- Dear usmnews.net

Vote of No Confidence Directed at UWF President Judith Bense

MORE BAD NEWS USM'S MBA Program Is Still Officially Unranked

breaking news Bad News Continues Everyone Seems to be Ranking Southern Miss Near the Bottom

breaking news USM Remains in Bottom Tier of U.S. News Ranking HATTIESBURG

Martha Saunders and Ellis Johnson

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
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Plagiarism Is Now Ethically Acceptable, AACSB Affirms Copying Other Members' Submission Documents "Without Proper Citation"

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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.

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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 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.

August 29, 2014
What's going on? Any ideas? From time to time we have visitors to usmnews.net that raise our eyebrows. Below are a couple of very recent visitors that caused us to pause and wonder what's up.
September 2, 2014
What EaglePosters are Saying In the wake of Southern Miss' 49-0 loss to Mississippi State, football fans are unhappy -

September 3, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, Any word on Martha Saunders' quest to once again become a university president? Southern Miss was lucky she didn't stay on longer.


September 5, 2014
Picking Leaders at Southern Miss Gwen Pate was recently named Director of the School of Accountancy at Southern Miss. Let's assume Pate is typical of the type of person USM puts in leadership positions.


September 9, 2014
Martha Saunders and Ellis Johnson One of Martha Saunders' final head coaching hires was Ellis Johnson. As we all know, Johnson lost every game as head coach and was fired at the end of the season. Under the terms of Johnson's contract, he was paid in full his entire salary for his contract -- even though he was making more money as an assistant coach at Auburn than he made as head coach at Southern Miss.

September 10, 2014
breaking news USM Remains in Bottom Tier of U.S. News Ranking HATTIESBURG - With the release of the 2015 edition of Best Colleges from U.S. News & World Report, usmnews.net has learned that USM remains in the bottom tier of national colleges and universities with a ranking of "RNP" or rank not published.

September 11, 2014

breaking news Bad News Continues Everyone Seems to be Ranking Southern Miss Near the Bottom HATTIESBURG - Here's something you won't see in The Hattiesburg American or on Southern Miss' website -- three national organizations have placed the university near the bottom of the nationwide rankings.


September 12, 2014
MORE BAD NEWS USM'S MBA Program Is Still Officially Unranked HATTIESBURG - Bad news continues to arrive. With the release of the 2015 edition of Best Colleges from U.S. News & World Report, usmnews.net has learned that USM's MBA program is once again "unranked".

September 15, 2014
Vote of No Confidence Directed at UWF President Judith Bense
WearTV in Pennsacola is reporting that on September 12, 2014, the University of West Florida Faculty entered a vote of no confidence against President Judith Bense. According to WearTV, no specific reason was given for the vote. By September 13, 2014, the UWF Board of Trustees called an emergency meeting for Monday, September 15.

September 16, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, Over the weekend I did watch the last BOT meeting. I have to amend, or add to the role that i perceive that Martha is playing, after the watch and some more input from folks closer to this than I have been for months. I have not heard of the results of the BOT private or public meetings today, so I may have to amend again.