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.)

July 31, 2015

Letter to the Editor -- Dear usmnews.net

Summarily punished, with no due process

How Do You Know If You Are The Target Of A Mobbing?

The Costs of Athletics at Southern Miss

A Question for Southern Miss

Letter to the Editor and Editorial Comment -- Dear usmnews.net

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
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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.

Click here for reports for April 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015
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?

July 2, 2015
Updated HELP WANTED A Look at Business Dean Openings from Around the Country With four current/former CoB deans moving around in the academic world, some USMNEWS.net readers have requested an ongoing report that tracks current b-school dean openings.

July 6, 2015
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 expected.

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 divorce proceedings.

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.

July 22, 2015
Update Can Mary Research? A Review of Mary Morgan Anderson's Research Over the Past Five Years A recent review of USM's School of Accountancy's web page revealed a great deal about the apparently non-existent research record of Associate Professor Mary Morgan Anderson.

July 23, 2015
breaking news ... breaking news ... breaking news ... NCAA Notice of Allegations Expected Soon Numerous sources quoting CBS Sports are reporting that Southern Miss is expected to receive NCAA notice of allegations soon. CBS Sports reported Wednesday, citing an anonymous source, the NCAA will deliver a notice of allegations to Southern Miss "within the next week". According to the report, Tyndall, who was fired for cause by UT, will be charged with rules violations.

July 22, 2015
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.