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.
It's only human to be curious. And, what is hidden is the
most tempting. Like the personal lives of those who lord it
over us for so many of our most formative years: Teachers!
The most influential among them are university professors.
Like to peek in on how university faculty and
administrators behave in their natural habitat? Listen in on
their private conversations? Glimpse what they're really up
to? Rufus McCoy instantly beams you to the exotic and
secret world of academe. FREE to Amazon Prime members.
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.
Dear usmnews.net, Hattiesburg American reported "'I'm always
happy when the commissioner comes to campus because he normally
brings us a good, healthy check," joked Bennett...". I have news for you
June 11, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, The irony of your recent series [Speaking Out
About the Rising Cost of Education] has not been lost on many of your
Dear usmnews.net, Here is a question I heard a few days ago: what is
[IHL Commissioner] Hank Bounds' claim to fame? Answer -- he
presided over the worst K-12 school system in the country...
June 24, 2014
Dear usmnews.net, How did one of the bogus journals (discussed in
Gaming the System, An Investigative Series on Cob Faculty Research
Credentials) get to be a B-level journal at the CoB?
June 26, 2014
Rain on the Parade? USM Rains on It Own Parade Review the two
articles and ask yourself why USM did not report what the USM
Foundation earned this year, a boom year in the stock market. What
USM administrators don't say is often more important than what they
June 30, 2014
Well, Skip, Who's Taking Your Place Tomorrow? As previously
reported, "The University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants
for a full-time, 12-month, tenure- track faculty position as director of
the School of Accountancy in the College of Business...Starting date is
July 1, 2014...".
What's up with Former Provost Bob Lyman? When usmnews.net sees a
pattern in searches, there is usually something up. Typically, someone
is looking to depart Southern Miss. Recently, we began to see searches
like the following:
July 7, 2014
What? No One Applying? The position of Director, School of
Accountancy at the University of Southern Mississippi has been open
and unfilled since September 18, 2013
Nothing Like Sneaking Out of Town Where'd you go, Skip? Kind of
disappeared. What happened? When visiting USM's webpage "About
the Director" all the sudden that page says, "Access denied." Just
yesterday it reported Skip as Director of School of Accountancy.
Dear usmnews.net, For those of your readers who may have missed it,
Southern Miss' athletic director Bill McGillis announced his intention to
waste more money. He is looking to "upgrade" Reed Green Coliseum
[where the Golden Eagles play basketball]. Since few people attend the
games, what purpose is served?
July 14, 2014
David Duhon Revisited As David Duhon retires, usmnews.net has been
asked to revisit the dubious history by which he became first a full
professor then chairman of the management department. For those who
may have forgotten, it was only a few years ago that
July 15, 2014
Dear Editor, Back in 2011, you reported on the hiring of TWO co-head
softball coaches at USM. Well, since then, these coaches have had a
significant problem with retaining their softball players. Many have
quit mid-season, with more, never returning after summer break. The
problem is so bad that the AD, has recently had meetings with the
remaining softball players - about the coaches conduct, in an effort to
get to the bottom of this problem
July 16, 2014
July 17, 2014
The Toadies A USMNEWS.net Comic Strip #2, "I vote "yes," Red
votes; "no," Dr. Nearydom votes "yes," Cynthia votes "yes," and Teddy
Hoda voted "no" by way of a certified letter. By my count the changes
I'm your cupcake or Selling Losses for Cash is not a Notable
Achievement In the Sunday Hattiesburg American, Jason Munz,
Southern Miss Sports Writer proclaimed that among "the more
notable Golden Eagle accomplishments during the past year include:
Reached an agreement with Alabama in which the Crimson Tide
will pay $1.4 million to host a football game against the Golden
Eagles in September." C'mon Jason. This isn't an accomplishment.
This isn't really even a football game. It's a bought and paid for
beating for cash.