Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs USA TODAY Threepeat: Best videos of the week An explosive moment, sumo wrestlers gone wild and an unlikely friendship are all part of this weeks edition of USA TODAY’s Threepeat. USATODAY 4:42 p.m. EDT September 20, 2013 The old Madison-Milton Bridge over the Ohio River was blown up on Thursday. (Photo: Screengrab from video) SHARE 27 CONNECT 26 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Welcome to your weekly USA TODAY Video Threepeat, a round up of the best viral videos of the week. Maybe you’ve seen them already, maybe not. But they are all definitely worth watching again. So without further holdup, here are our picks for top viral videos of the week. USA NOW
USA presidential candidate answers wide-ranging questions in public forum (photos)
Gilbert, provost and executive vice president at Mississippi State University, is one of three finalists to replace longtime USA President Gordon Moulton, who retired July 1. Gilbert met with members of the universitys health systems division first, at 7 a.m., then had a series of meetings with the college deans, members of the financial affairs department, the Faculty Senate and the Board of Trustees. At 4 p.m., he took part in a public forum at USAs Mitchell Center. Before a crowd of about 200, he gave a PowerPoint presentation outlining his goals and ideas for the university, then took questions from the audience. Gilberts goals included improving the universitys retention rate of 68 percent and its graduation rate of 37 percent; creating more of an international focus for the universitys research programs; and attracting more businesses to the universitys Technology & Research Park. Doug Marshall, president of USAs Faculty Senate and a member of the presidential search committee, started the question-and-answer session by asking Gilbert if it was important, given the size of USAs health care division, to encourage the health care and university divisions to become more collaborative. The more we can get them working together, the better, Gilbert responded. I would do all that I could try to do bring the two divisions together as often as possible. Marshall also asked how Gilbert envisioned a typical faculty members workday in the future. Across the country, things are changing for faculty members, Gilbert said. Theyre more focused on research as we go forward. There is going to be more demand on faculty to be involved in knowledge creation and research. An audience member asked for Gilberts opinion on the universitys reliance on faculty adjunct professors. I think there is a place for a variety of different faculty types, Gilbert said, but relying too heavily on adjuncts is not a good idea. Other questions focused on ideas for expanding campus activities, enhancing the universitys role in the community and improving campus communication. Gilbert was also asked about his favorite charities (Habitat for Humanity, a foundation to assist public schools, the Starkville arts council); which professional journals he reads (The Chronicle of Higher Education); and his favorite book (1776 by David McCullough). It was great to field all the questions, Gilbert said after the session. He emphasized his goal to expand the universitys partnerships with Mobiles businesses and industry.
UrbanDaddy Files Complaint Against USA Today
Markets closed UrbanDaddy Files Complaint Against USA Today Claim details breaches by USA Today of contractual obligations and theft of intellectual property Press Release: UrbanDaddy, Inc. 21 hours ago Print NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –Independent media company UrbanDaddy, Inc. (“UrbanDaddy”) filed a complaint in New York Supreme Court today against one-time development partner Gannett Co.’s USA Today for breach of its contractual obligations to UrbanDaddy and for misappropriation of UrbanDaddy’s trade secrets in connection with “The Point,” a locally focused digital media service USA Today operates for Hilton hotels. USA Today contacted UrbanDaddy in early 2011 requesting help to win back its annual multi-million dollar contract with Hilton. After an agreement was in place, UrbanDaddy began working on the project, devoting thousands of hours as well as substantial resources to develop a digital media service to be pitched to Hilton and other hospitality businesses. The Hilton contract renewal was won by USA Today in late 2011, based upon UrbanDaddy’s work and expertise, as well as UrbanDaddy’s unique knowledge of the digital media business, hospitality sector, and local and lifestyle content. Once awarded the contract, USA Today severed its relationship with UrbanDaddy and began using UrbanDaddy’s intellectual property in the development of a digital media service for Hilton in direct violation of their agreement and trade secret laws. The program ultimately deployed for Hilton by USA Today, subsequently branded “The Point,” is functionally identical to the digital media service that UrbanDaddy helped USA Today to create. The suit seeks money damages as well as injunctive relief against the continued development and use of “The Point” and other similar services Gannett may offer. UrbanDaddy is represented by Jacob Buchdahl, Arun Subramanian, and Mark Hatch-Miller from the New York office of Susman Godfrey LLP. Case Caption:653278/2013, Vicinage. About UrbanDaddy UrbanDaddy is a lifestyle media company, focused on the intersection between hyper-relevant content and digital innovation. Founded in 2005, UrbanDaddy curates editorial content, experiences, shopping and events across multiple platforms including email, mobile, online and offline. UrbanDaddy curates exclusive high-end experiences for members via UrbanDaddy Perks, working with luxury brands to offer e-commerce opportunities unrivaled by other platforms.