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.
"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.
declared herself "tired" and
resigned as president. (For
more reports re "Tabletgate",
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.
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"
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
With mathematical certainty, their answer will be: "Of
If The Gordon Cannon Doctrine of Plagiarism seems
absurd, you ain't seen nothin', yet. Read on.
July 18, 2015 -- Got to see the Astros and the
Rangers from the Diamond Club. Great fun.
July 1, 2015
Taking a Stand? On June 25, 2015, the University of Southern
Mississippi released a peculiarly mealy mouthed statement of
position concerning the current state flag. "Our commitment to
inclusion compels us to recognize that the current state flag does not
represent the spirit of all Mississippians , and as such should
continue to be discussed in an educated and civil manner."
So, Dr. Bennett, what is the University's position on current state
flag? Should it go? Stay? What?
Dear usmnews.net, Did you read The Hattiesburg American article
"Enrollment decline leads to budget cuts at USM"? Word around
Southern Miss water cooler is that the story has a great deal in
common with the Mary Poppins' song "A spoonful of sugar helps the
medicine go down". Of course, the sugar is the public relations spin
apparently intended to justify out of control tuition and fees.
July 7, 2015
The more things change ... Here we go again. For the past several
years, RETENTION has been the magic administrative buzzword.
Since Dr. Rodney Bennett's arrival he has held out the word as if it
were a magic talisman against the evils of budget cuts. On
19-Aug-2013, The Hattiesburg American's presser reported Bennett's
first student convocation and "... the emphasis is unmistakably clear.
Retention. Progression. Graduation."
July 8, 2015
Editorial How do we measure administrators' performance? How
about comparing administrators' own words with their actions?
On September 10, 2014, Southern Miss Now-a USM public relations
publication-crowed "When presented a choice between bigger or
better, USM will choose better - every time. Our long-term plan is to
grow enrollment with more academically qualified students,
supported by a highly qualified and student-centered faculty," USM
President Rodney Bennett said.
July 9, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, Vinzant is right and the faculty knows it.
Southern Miss is seeking out and admitting far too many students
who have no business in college, then trying - and failing -- to teach
them to read, write and do basic math. As Vinzant says, they come to
us not even knowing how to study. It's all about numbers of students
and tuition dollars.
July 10, 2015
Is that you Martha, Harold? Many people have observed that former
USM President Martha Saunders and former USM Business Dean
Harold Doty brought with them long term devastation from which
the University and College still struggle to recover. Many years after
their less than voluntary departures, folks are still interested in the
pair. We at usmnews.net believe court documents, open records ...
July 13, 2015
The Attorneys' Fees Just Keep on Going Up... How bad is the NCAA
investigation going? The continually increasing costs suggest it isn't
going well. The February 18, 2015 Mississippi Board of Trustees of
State Institutions of Higher Learning DRAFT BOARD BOOK offers
a telltale sign that the NCAA investigation is going worse than
July 14, 2015
Reporting Plagiarism? With increasing regularity, we hear about
papers and reports which are plagiarized, either in whole or in part.
How such claims are handled is at least as significant as the
underlying allegations. Take a look at the following article from
Inside Higher Education.
July 15, 2015
Ask Students Another announcement by USM and MS is complete
with pictures of smiling administrators and bureaucrats spending
taxpayer money: "MDOT Grant Supports Southern Miss
Construction Project ARTICLE | MON, 07/13/2015 - 1:59PM | BY
DAVID TISDALE Mississippi Department of Transportation
(MDOT) Southern District Commissioner Tom King presented a
check to University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney
Bennett July 13 that will provide a ...".
July 16, 2015
Why is Stephen Bushardt a Professor Emeritus? Stephen Bushardt
retired as a management professor from the College of Business,
University of Southern Mississippi. If you check the listing of
emeritus professors, Mr. Bushardt is included. That honor was
awarded during former president Martha Saunders' tenure and
continues to this day on current president Rodney Bennett's watch.
Curiously, no one seems concerned the Bushardt was the subject of
a Temporary Restraining Order obtained by his wife in the course of
July 21, 2015
Dear Name Withheld, You may not know but my wife and I both
proudly served as officers in the United States Marine Corps. Our
deepest sympathies go out to the families of the Marines and the
Navy serviceman who were murdered. Semper fi.
Dear usmnews.net, While it is unlikely [to happen], many of us
believe the best thing that could come out of the Donnie
Tyndall/Southern Miss basketball fiasco is a death sentence.
According to Sports Illustrated, "under Tyndall's watch, coursework
allegedly was completed or performed for recruits and financial aid
was offered to signees who did not qualify...".
July 27, 2015
A Question for Southern Miss Southern Miss' recent administrative
sigh of relief claims, "The Notice of Allegations, which has been
posted at SouthernMiss.com, includes charges involving serious
misconduct by the former head coach and members of his staff. .
The alleged violations do not involve any current member of the
men's basketball team or coaching staff...".
July 28, 2015
The Costs of Athletics at Southern Miss 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 110th (dropping from the 108th
position the prior year, and 105th position the year before that) in
the overall ranking, after having generated $23,536,254 million in
total revenues during 2014. Forty percent of the sports revenues
comes in the form of subsidies, i.e., money taken from the pockets
of students and taxpayers.
July 29, 2015
An increasing number of anonymous reports have pointed to an
uptick in on campus mobbing at Southern Miss. As a matter of
public interest, usmnews.net will republish articles about this
troublesome topic. If you believe you are a victim, you probably are.
How Do You Know If You Are The Target Of A Mobbing?
July 30, 2015
An increasing number of anonymous reports have pointed to an uptick
in on campus mobbing at Southern Miss. As a matter of public interest,
usmnews.net will republish articles about this troublesome topic. If
you believe you are a victim, you probably are."I would guess that the
faculty who found themselves summarily punished, with no due
process, never thought it could happen to them. But it has. Freedom of
speech and tenure have provided little or no protection. Who is next on
Saunders' execution block?"
July 31, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, Thanks for revisiting Southern Miss' history of
mobbing. Word on campus is that the situation is worse now than it
was in Saunders' darkest days. People have been subjected to very
public verbal assaults (the proverbial "F-bomb"), huge amounts of
turnover in some offices because of the abusive atmosphere,
administrators fired for no reason and replaced with cronies, and
on and on. If enrollment is down again this year (and, based on the
previews, it looks like we are going to see at least some reduction in
student population), we expect the situation to get a lot worse.