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",
February 26, 2015
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 9
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 8
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 7
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 6
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.
Nothing like a brisk workout to keep you young
and healthy (situps in process)
February 2, 2015
Poor Decisions By A Poor State A recent report puts the finances of
Mississippi in perspective. It may be useful to keep the following
facts-we can't even pay our own bills-in mind when making
expenditures for luxuries like the renovation of Reed Green
Coliseum. "States compete with each other in order to attract
businesses, for example, or to attract students to their universities.
However, given the major demographic, economic, political, and
geographical differences between different states,...".
February 3, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, A couple days ago Athletic Director Bill McGillis
said, "'We're facing adversity and we've got more adversity coming'."
While McGillis was talking about Southern Miss' beleaguered
basketball program, many of us think he could be talking about the
University as a whole.
February 4, 2015
Guest Editorial Ending the Tax Break for Sport Fans A widely
overlooked paragraph in President Obama's recent budget is a
proposal to end the tax deduction available to some fans for donations
they make to get seats at college sporting events. According to
Bloomberg News "[b]y closing what the White House calls a loophole
in the system, people would pay about $2.5 billion over the next
decade in higher taxes. Currently, college sports fans can deduct 80
percent of the cost of such donations."
February 5, 2015
What a Waste of Money!! Here is a picture provided by a reader that is
reported to be a first quarter photograph of The Rock taken during the
29-Nov-2014 blowout of the Golden Eagles by UAB.
Going, Going, Gone With Joe Paul's recent retirement, usmnews.net
was requested to take a look at turnover at the senior levels since the
days of Shelby Thames. Listed below are a number of senior people
from the Thames administration who held important positions in the
Saunders administration. It appears that former President Saunders
and current President Bennett have divested many of the remainder.
February 10, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, There is always something new and interesting in
the IHL Board Book. Here's something that got my attention:
"Approved the request to hire attorney William Wessler to perform
services necessary and render legal advice, recommendations, and
representation to the university in the practice area of bankruptcy."
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 6 usmnews.net
continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in
the history of Southern Miss. This morning we continue with Some
Faculty Members Question Whether Changes at U. of Southern
Mississippi Take Emphasis Away From Teaching. This article
underscores many of the reasons Southern Miss seems perpetually
mired in the fourth tier.
February 23, 2015
Dear usmnews.net, I saw the following on one of the Southern Miss
sports chat rooms. Looks like some of the fans are coming around to
your point of view. "At any rate, the madness has to stop at some point
and the big powers at USM will have to decide whether or not they
want to continue to invest tens of millions of dollars into 3 different
failing sports that seem to fall further and further behind the pack
with each passing year. Where is the return on investment?"
February 24, 2015
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 7 usmnews.net
continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in
the history of Southern Miss. As faculty, are your email
communications private? At Southern Miss, the answer is no. What is
the impact on academic freedom? While usmnews.net will not
attempt to answer this question for everyone, many faculty tell our
reporters and editors
February 25, 2015
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 8 A Walk Through
the History of Southern Miss Part 8 usmnews.net continues a new
series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of
Southern Miss. The incident we address today is not merely
embarrassing, it is disgusting and despicable. During the late 1950's,
Aubrey K. Lucas was the Director of Admissions at Mississippi
Southern College, later named the University of Southern Mississippi,
when Mr. Clyde Kennard applied for admission.