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.
Saw Rigolleto at the Houston Grand Opera. Wow! Just as
good as New York.
Marc DePree, Editor, usmnews.net
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.
Are you a member of PERS? Part 3 Public Employees' Retirement
System (PERS) of Mississippi publishes Forward. In the Winter 2014
issue, an article by Pat Robertson entitled "Projection reports show
PERS on positive path" offers a forward projection that is absurd:
retirees available to satisfy its pension requirements."
October 2, 2014
Are you a member of PERS? Part 4 In this series-Are you a member of
PERS?-we've ignored PERS' 8% investment return assumption. What
does it mean? Where does this 8% come from? Who chooses it? Why?
Let's take a look at it. You need to understand the tomfoolery-no, let's
not be cute, let's use accurate terminology-you need to understand the
deception 8% investment return assumption perpetrates on retirees
October 3, 2014
Editorial Sami Dakhlia As you can see, a visitor to usmnews recently
reviewed reports about Sami Dakhlia, possibly looking into his
background. Or, maybe it was Sami, himself. If that's you Sami, are
you behaving yourself? If it's not Sami, read on.
Imagine… Previous Governor Barbour suggested reorganizing
Mississippi's universities. Not a bad idea. See, "So goes football, so
goes USM," below. It prompted "Imagine." Mississippi university
football teams may be exhibit No. 1 in support of reorganizing
October 8, 2014
USM's enrollment is down significantly -- again According to the IHL,
USM's "unduplicated headcount" once again dropped from 15,249
(Fall 2013) to 14,845 (Fall 2014). This change represented a 2.6% drop
in enrollment. usmnews.net readers may recall that enrollment
dropped from 16,468 students (Fall 2012) to 15,325 students (Fall 2013)
for a devastating 2013 6.9% drop in enrollment.
October 9, 2014
Editorial Let's Not Forget The Frightened, Powerless Toadies In the
following report, John Brown (accounting instructor at USMGC)
demonstrates that instructors, without power or standing, frequently
succumb to pressure applied by administrators and a mob. A
year-to-year contract, no meaningful research record, perhaps
instructors believe they have no choice.
Dear usmnews.net, A lot of us have read the Message from the
President [University Budget Update] and wonder why he can't see the
obvious: TUITION IS TOO HIGH! WE CAN'T AFFORD IT!!
[emphasis in original] Every year the tuition goes up. Every year fees
go up. Every year books go up. Every year more money is wasted on a
losing football team. If the University cut costs and reduced tuition and
fees, I think there would be a dramatic turnaround in enrollment.
October 16, 2014
What is the Quality of USM's MBA Program? Carefully crafted
representations made by USM must be carefully assessed. As
indicated in the multitude of reports contained on usmnews.net's
webpage, USM does not have a stellar reputation for quality or candor.
October 17, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, So glad to hear that Dean Gilbert thinks USM's
unranked MBA program is so great. If I stretched the truth to the point
of breaking, I would be embarrassed. If she is proud of the program,
do you think she's proud of Cheri Becker?
Dear usmnews.net, Even though many years have passed since Mary
Anderson claimed a prestigious Accounting Horizons pub,
non-accounting faculty continue to giggle behind her back. As you
previously reported, rumor has it that some of the non-accounting
faculty are STILL trying to work up the nerve to ask her for the citation.
October 19, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, The Faculty union gave Bense a "No Confidence"
vote. Bense responded by making Saunders UWF's Executive V.P.
This is a ridiculous response in light of how much damage Saunders
cost USM...see attached ILH minutes that contains additional evidence
of why Saunders and Gore "resigned."
Same Old Song In an April 2014 Hattiesburg American article entitled
"Bennett's first year at USM a busy one," Ed Kemp reported, Rodney
Bennett says he's had to bring the surgeon's clamp to his first year as
president of the University of Southern Mississippi. "I think this was a
year when we just had to stop the bleeding," he said. "We haven't done
the surgery yet." Apparently, Bennett decided to postpone the
"surgery" until faced with yet another drop in student population.
October 28, 2014
October 30, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, I don't know what you are hearing from campus,
but the situation is bad and expected to get worse. Southern Miss has
lost almost 10% of its student body. Some of us think the number is
even higher and total enerollment is even lower, but is hidden behind
the way the IHL and the school counts the number of students.
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.
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.
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.