UF College of Journalism Welcomes Hub Brown as New Dean

Hub Brown, an associate dean and associate professor at Syracuse University in the Newhouse School of Public Communications, has been named the next Dean of the College of Journalism at the University of Florida.

He will replace the retiring Diane McFarlin, who has been Dean of the CJC for the past eight years. GHQ welcomes Hub Brown to the CJC!

More on this story from WUFT.org

Ella Kulak's Gator Gameday Playlist

This year, the Gator experience comes at you with a new spin. With tailgating coming to a halt and a seating of only 20% capacity at The Swamp, students scramble to continue the classic traditions of a true Gator experience. Don’t fear, because we got your back with a Gator’s Game Day Playlist that brings the experience to you. Now you can enjoy the classic songs from the comfort of your home and continue the Gator traditions that make us who we are. Hype up for the big game this Saturday and more to come with this sweet Gator’s Game Day Playlist!

We Are The Boys From Old Florida- The Fightin’ Gator Marching Band

One of Florida’s longest traditions still stands today, with the tune, “We Are the Boys.” Typically, fans lock arms throughout the stadium and sway to the melody. This season will not be the one our tradition dies. We have a duty as Gators to hold onto this tradition as we can continue to metaphorically sway together. With our small group of friends celebrating the game, link arms and sway together to remind yourself of why we sway in the first place…we are family.  Make sure to queue this one between the third and fourth quarter.

We are the boys from old Florida,


Where the girls are the fairest,

The boys are the squarest

Of any old state down our way.

We are all strong for old Florida

Down where the old Gators play.

In all kinds of weather …

We’ll all stick together…

For F-L-O-R-I-D-A.

I Won’t Back Down- Tom Petty

The Gators began this new tradition in 2017 to honor Tom Petty’s death. Not only was he a Gainesville native but a legendary rock star. In hopes to bring the school spirit alive, The Swamp played his song, “I Won’t Back Down” April 17, 2020, on a Friday at noon. If you don’t know this song, you’re probably a baby gator. Tom Petty meant the world to the Gainesville community and gives us courage every day to strive for our potential. Honor him and the struggles you have overcome by playing this after “We Are The Boys.”

Piano Man- Billy Joel

Every game day in the past, you will hear this masterpiece played at least once on fraternity row. We all remember running to Chi Phi on a Saturday afternoon at precisely 1 p.m to catch this tradition. As the song begins to play, the party goes silent. Gather your friends and enjoy the reunion of love together, like the good old days.

Dixieland Delight- Alabama

True Gators know this one. Granted, Alabama had this one first, but we still get a kick out of it. When it comes to this song, we have a job to yell the Crimson Tide lyrics in unison. This is our four years of college, make sure to spend them well and yell while you can. Turn up the music, grab a friend, and have a little fun with this one.

Thunderstruck- AC/DC

University of Florida Gators Offensive Lineman, Brett Heggie, recommended “Thunderstruck” as a “must listen to” game day song. From the start, you can already feel your figures tingle with the buzz of excitement. AC/DC gives you the same motivation and adrenaline the players get before running on the field. If you want to be connected to the game, you won’t find a better way.

Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond

As a girl from the city of Boston, a thrill came over me when I realized this song played regularly. At UF it seems like everyone has a soft spot in their heart for the oldies. A lot of people across the world know this classic and honor it as one. As soon as the song begins, fans sing their heart out with Neil Diamond. I hope you will continue to do the same this year with the Gators Game Day Playlist.

Mr. Brightside- The Killers

Throwback to the time when I (and I’m sure most of you) sat in the back of your mom’s car as a child. You stared out the window waiting for “Mr. Brightside'' to come on the radio. From day one, the lyrics rolled off your tongue and carried into today. In 2020, we connect our generations with this hit from 2004. What was once ahead of its time takes us back to the original pop days we know and love.

All I Do Is Win- DJ Khaled

Upon its release, “All I Do Is Win” took over almost every sports field and continues to live on. What song could be better than featuring the stars Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Rick Ross, and T-Pain. A modern beat that hypes a crowd up before the game needed to make the playlist. Your group of friends craving to win will send the good vibes across Gainesville. If we all get hype enough, our energy could even reach The Swamp.

Remember the Name- Fort Minor

Saving the best for last, the Gator’s name will be remembered after this Halloween home game. Though this season has had it’s ups and downs (offense, I’m looking at you) they continue their fight. Fort Minor knew what he was doing when creating a powerful piece to emphasize team power. Make sure you hold your head high this weekend knowing that people will remember the Gators.

Early Voting on Campus

With fewer UF students on campus for class, those students who are still on campus can hitch a ride to the polls Florida style: a golf cart courtesy of the University of Florida’s Hillel organization. Yes, UF students can get a free ride to the polls at the Reitz Union thanks to UF Hillel.

Hillel International, a worldwide Jewish campus organization, launched an education effort to get more students involved with voting, registering to vote, how/where to vote and how to get them to the polls.

“It’s a very Floridian kind of thing,” said Rabbi Jonah Zinn, executive director of UF Hillel. “I think we were brainstorming how we could mobilize more students, and this came up as a COVID-friendly option that would create some excitement.”

The pandemic made them rethink how of getting students to the polls safely.

 “We’re trying to remove barriers to early voting by giving students a lift to the polls.” Zinn said.

The Mitzvote program is a non-partisan campaign that aims at getting college students to vote, and to vote early. They have a fleet of golf carts to transport students to and from the Reitz Union throughout the duration of early voting.

This is nothing new to UF, UF Hillel has been offering students rides to Reitz Union polling location for years now. 

“The idea is to mobilize students to get out and vote early, to educate students about the opportunity, and finally to reduce barriers towards early voting by creating a way to get people to the polls more easily in a COVID friendly way,” Zinn said.

Masks are required per rider, and must be worn the duration of the ride. There is a limit to six people per golf cart.

UF Hillel has already given over 100 free rides to students already. The MitzVote Mobiles circulate two routes every 20 minutes or so, Monday through Friday from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

The west campus route stops at Fraternity Row between Village Drive & Fraternity Drive, in front of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, on Stadium road, west of the entrance to Gator Dining, & the Reitz Student Union Early Voting Precinct.

The east campus route stops include the corner of West Panhellenic Drive & Southwest Ninth Avenue, the corner of East Panhellenic Drive and Southwest 11th street, the back of Broward Dining near the Broward Pool, & the Reitz Student Union Early Voting Precinct.

UF Creates Anti-Racism Website

The University of Florida now has an anti-racism website to keep the community up to date on the latest work "taking place at all levels across the university to understand our past, address racism and promote equity."

The site focuses on three central initiatives of education, history and representation. Students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to share ideas on the site.

Transform Today Raises Nearly 600K for Shands

For 26.2 hours Transform Today by Dance Marathon at UF helps raise money and awareness for the Miracle Children at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. All the funds raised by Dance Marathon are instrumental in providing research, education, equipment and programs that make Shands a leader in pediatric care. These funds are more prevalent than ever due to the ongoing affects of COVID-19, and our time is now to fight harder than ever to help make miracles happen for the children who are being treated at Shands.

At Transform Today, UF students work to raise funds for the families of the Miracle Children at UF Shands Children’s Hospital. The event lasts for 26.2 hours, reflecting the length of DM at UF’s main event that will be held April 10th-11th at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Congratulations on the latest total of $578,874.31! Thanks to the donors who helped generate that amazing amount for the kids at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital!
Click here to stay up-to-date on all Transform Today details on Dance Marathon’s Facebook.

What Is GHQ?

GHQ is a student powered multi-platform radio experience that is focused on campus life and the Gator Nation! From our studios in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, we broadcast at 95.3 FM, stream at GHQ.fm and on the GHQ app, and get social with Tik Tok, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The GHQ Studios at the CJC
The GHQ studios in the College of Journalism and Communications

GHQ is also a Student Immersion Experience offered by the College of Journalism at UF. This provides students the opportunity to be involved with broadcasting, social media, on-site marketing, podcasting, producing and music curation as part of their UF CJC education.

Moralloween 2020

Dance Marathon at UF presents Moralloween tonight from 4:45 to 8PM. This is a fun Halloween event where you can also support the kids at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. You can also view on Zoom. Tickets are free and you can get them here.

It's a Great Day to Go to Mid(terms)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, it’s that beautiful part of the semester again when getting a spot at Library West becomes a game of survival of the fittest and the wails of Physics 1 students can be heard clear across campus. Isn’t it wonderful? Don’t you love being fearful of your grade? It’s so invigorating. Okay, but really, we all know that midterms suck. It’s an unfortunate part of university life, especially if you’ve spent a good portion of said university life at Midtown rather than Turlington lecture. Even for the best student, though, midterm season can be stressful and overwhelming. Finding tricks to reduce that stress is critical. Below is a list of four things I use to keep my head on my shoulders during this trying time. Hopefully, they’ll help you too.

photo from Unsplash

Find Your Study Space

Y’all, it’s time to get out of the dorm. Theoretically, studying at home is a good idea. You can control the space and it's where you’re most comfortable. However, spending one more night hunched over your faux-wood desk in a plastic seat trying to study by the dim light of the desk lamp you bought from Ikea isn’t going to help much. Finding your ideal study space is a way to be more productive and feel better at the same time. This can take many forms, the most obvious of which is a library. Heads up: we have more than Library West and Marston on campus. Love Harry Potter? Smathers has your back. Maybe you want to make your work feel more official? Go to the law library. If a library doesn’t work for you, that’s okay. I have a friend that takes up residence in an empty Turlington classroom every midterm and finals season. She swears by it. Personally, I enjoy working outside, particularly if it's a nice day outside. Murphree Area has a fantastic courtyard to work in, and places like Depot Park provide a change of environment without getting too far off campus.

Time Out

I’m serious about getting out of the dorm or apartment. It can be a good place to be, but it can also be isolating. It’s beneficial to relocate -- and not just for studying. Taking time for yourself is a great way to manage stress. You don’t have to go and get lost in the wilderness an hour away and become one with nature; in fact, you don’t even have to leave campus. UF provides plenty of opportunities to give your mind a break. For example, the Reitz offers leisure courses. These classes give students an opportunity to learn a new skill, like learning how to make pasta from scratch, without having to worry about a grade. If you do want to get off campus, Gainesville has numerous opportunities to get away from the pressure of academic life. Free yoga is offered in Bo Diddley Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday, from six to seven in the evening. There’s also multiple nature trails throughout town, if you actually do want to get lost in the woods. Whatever you choose, just rest assured that you are helping yourself in the long run.

Keep Everything in Context

Do you remember that science test you had in high school, the one you were super nervous for and were scared to death of failing? Yeah, me neither. Turns out, we’ve had a lot of exams up to this point in life. At the time, each test seemed like a crucial moment in our life -- our destiny was dependent upon that. Looking back, though, we don’t really remember every single test. Believe it or not, college is like that too. It’s important to us now, and will not significantly impact the rest of our lives. Midterms are simply an obstacle on the road to graduation. It’s important to get through, but not life altering. If you do great, that’s fantastic! If you don’t, it’s not the end of the world. There is always a chance at redemption. Years down the road, you’ll barely remember the two hours spent in Carleton Auditorium. It is in your life, but it is not your whole life.

Play Tetris

This is a metaphor. I don’t actually mean play the video game, just hear me out. Life is a game of Tetris. School work is an L block, sleep is an I block, socializing is a square...so on and so forth. If you don’t line things up correctly, it builds up. Eventually, they reach the top of the screen and you get overwhelmed. However, if all the pieces are assembled correctly, the line goes down, and so does your stress level. I try to make the pieces fit together by writing everything I need or want to do down. I prefer my planner, but that is an extremely recent development. Like, last semester recent. It doesn’t even have to be organized by date or time. Just writing it down with a pen and piece of printer paper can help keep you on track. Plus, crossing stuff off is ridiculously satisfying. I’ll be honest--sometimes I’ll finish a task just so I can cross it off. If the digital environment is more your speed, programs like Google Calendar can help. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but give it a try. Maybe writing down your assignment will keep you from another night of eating Ben and Jerry’s straight out of the pint.

Take a deep breath. It’s all going to work out. Good luck, and I’ll see you on the other side.

Dance Marathon at UF's Transform Today

Dance Marathon at UF is probably one of the most well-known events on campus. And "Transform Today" is also probably their most well known fundraising effort. I got the chance to interview two Dance Marathon people on-air today, and here's how it went.

From left to right: Megan Freedman, Public Relations Overall, and Morgan Hill, Marketing Manager

Listen to the interview here.

Or, read the interview below:

Julia: Good morning! I am here today with some very special guests. We have people from Dance Marathon, Morgan Hill the marketing manager and Megan Freedman the public relations overall. So they're going to talk today about what Transform Today is, what Dance Marathon is; the whole thing. So, what is Dance Marathon for people who don't know?

Megan: Dance Marathon at UF is a student-run philanthropy, and we try to raise funds and awareness for the pediatric patients at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. It's Gainesville's local Miracle Network Hospital. So, DM at UF has year-long efforts eventually culminating in our main 26.2 hour event in March where over 800 students stand as dancers and remain awake and on their feet for that whole 26.2 hours to symbolize fighting for the hardships that these families face every day.

Julia: Nice! And then, what is Transform Today specifically?

Morgan: So each fall we have a big fundraising push called Transform Today, and it's also 26.2 hours like our main event. So it started at 8 a.m. this morning and it goes till 10:12 a.m. tomorrow. And every member of our movement, from captains and leaders to dancers and ambassadors spread all across the UF campus and community to spread our cause. Hopefully we'll raise $650,000.

Julia: Is that your goal because it was that last year, is that your goal every year?

Morgan: Last year our goal was $600,000, and we raised $626,000, so this year our goal is $650,000.

Julia: And then what are the different activities happening where people can donate?

Morgan: So to donate, you can either donate on floridadm.com/donate, or if you know a specific person you'd like to donate to, then you can search their name and find their individual fundraising page. Or, you can just donate in general. There are also students in polos canning all across campus at Plaza of the Americas, Broward Dining, Reitz Breezway, Gator Dining, and that's it actually. And then you can also visit our hospitality nights at Hurricane BTW, Bento, and Chick-fil-A by The Standard.

Julia: Nice, nice. And at hospitality nights what do you have to do?

Megan: You just say that you're for DM at UF, and a portion of the proceeds from your meal will go to our Transform Today fundraising total. So it's super easy.

Julia: And then it lasts for 26.2 hours, you said? So, that's all happening today, and then tomorrow you guys are canning again. How does it all culminate?

Megan: It goes until 10:12 a.m. tomorrow, so we'll have breakfast at Plaza of the Americas at 9:30 a.m. and we'll count down to the end of Transform Today from about 10 to 10:12 a.m. Tomorrow night, actually, at 5 p.m., we have our Halloween event. It's where a bunch of our miracle families will come to celebrate Halloween with us, and there are so many fun activities, from food, to haunted houses, and more fun stuff. And at 6:30 p.m. will be our Transform Today fundraising total reveal.

Morgan: Moralloween is at Flavet Field, by the way.

Julia: Cool! When did you guys first get involved with Dance Marathon? What drove you to it and everything?

Morgan: I actually got involved with Dance Marathon when I was in high school. Some students from UF came down and presented at my high school and my best friend and I actually started a mini marathon, which is the version of the Dance Marathon at a high school. I did that my junior and senior year at my high school, and when I came to UF I was an emerging leader, then a captain, and an assistant director for the public relations team. Now here I am in my senior year.

Julia: Aw, nice.

Megan: I actually didn't know about Dance Marathon until I came to college. I danced my freshman year, which was such an amazing experience. From then on, I knew I wanted to get more involved throughout the years so I applied to be a public relations captain my sophomore year, and then I was assistant director for PR last year. This year I'm the overall director for public relations. It's been an amazing four years, and I'm so excited for today.

Julia: I love that. And then, just one more quick question. What's the most impactful experience you guys have had with DM?

Megan: I think it's just every moment we get to spend with our miracle families. They're just the most inspiring, resilient people I've ever met. They're all so unique and have such incredible stories to share. And yet through their hardships they're so positive and have so much hope and joy. It just really makes you take a look at your life and just want to give back more.

Julia: I really love that. So, to recap, Dance Marathon's Transform Today is happening, and anytime you see someone in a polo with a can you can donate. Or, you can go to Bento...

Morgan: Chick-fil-A, or Hurricane BTW by The Standard.

Julia: Yup! And when is the actual Dance Marathon happening again?

Morgan: March 28th and 29th 2020.

Julia: Cool. And if you guys wanna follow them on social media, go ahead plug it.

Morgan: Our Instagram is @DMATUF , and our Facebook is facebook.com/floridadm .

Julia: Cool! Thank you guys so much for being here!

Morgan & Megan: Yeah, thank you!

GHQ at Gator Volleyball

Thanks for coming out to Exactech Arena before Tuesday's Gator Volleyball match against Florida State!

The Gators had a great night, shutting out the Seminoles 3-0. We always appreciate it when you stop by and see us before the match.