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.

The Forum performs new single "When Did Everything Fade?" live in the studio

Getting older, moving away, and growing apart has the Gainesville, indie band asking, when did everything fade? Their new single encompasses the hardships the band has encountered in transitioning from adolescence into adulthood. It'll have you crying and vibing at the same time.
The Forum, comprised of Michael Higgins (vocals), Jacob Farrell (bass), Nick Wheeler (guitar), and Ethan Klohr (drums) joined us in the GHQ studio for an interview with our own Rachel Willis, as well as a heartfelt, exclusive, acoustic performance.

Shot and edited by Brittany Lewis.

"When Did Everything Fade?" was dropped as a double single along with "Wounds." You can listen to both tunes on Spotify, and follow the band on Instagram and Twitter.

Gators to NFL Players?

Go watch this free event to witness history in the making.

Tomorrow at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium from 8:30 am to 11 am is the place to be. The Florida Gators football players that are eligible for the NFL draft will be working out to prove their worth to make it on to a professional team. The event is open to the public, and many NFL scouts and coaches will be present to watch our players. Find out more info on https://www.facebook.com/events/332994817559516/

Florida Gators was used as the primary source for this story. More information is available using the link above.

Heartwood Music Festival Occurs Saturday

Want to jam this weekend? Heartwood Soundstage is holding the Heartwood Music Festival this Saturday, Feb 23rd. Tickets start at $15 for all day admission.

Starting at 12 PM, the festival offers music, craft vendors, live art, and more! Music will be performed on three stages throughout the festival, which goes until 11:20 PM. Some key bands are the Hails, Flipturn, and King Complex.

Japanese Breakfast at Changeville

Gainesville's very own Flipturn will be opening for dream pop artist Japanese Breakfast at the annual Changeville Festival. The Coachella performer will be performing at the High Dive at 9:30pm on February 8th.

Wiz of oz

Have you wondered what it would be like to see this movie in theaters? Well (DATE IDEA) now you can. The Wizard of Oz will be showing on JAN 27, 29, and 30th in select Gainesville theaters.

Romance is not dead! Especially with such adorable feel good movies as this. A true original film shot in color. Good story line wholesome characters. We don't want to spoil it for you!

UK vs. UF: A Blood Drive Competition

It's Lexington vs. Gainesville in a blood drive competition called "What Colors Do You Bleed?" All next week from January 14th-18th, it pits UF students against UK students to see who can donate the most blood.

It's a friendly competition between both schools for bragging rights. UF won the competition last year. Students can donate at a bloodmobile on campus or at Gainesville's two LifeSouth Donor Centers at 1221 NW 13th St. or 4039 Newberry Road. Donors must be 17 or older (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health, plus showcase a photo ID.

More on this event on Facebook...

GHQ was used as the primary source for this story. More information is available using the link above.

UF Student Government holds "How to Love Better" Event

Ready for cuffing season? UF Student Government is! They're holding their "How to Love Better" event in the Reitz Union on November 27th from 6:30-8:30p.m. 💕

Students can join One Love, the national leader in educating young people about healthy relationships, in the UF Student Government Office in the Reitz Union on November 27th from 6:30-8:30p.m.

UF News was used as the primary source for this story. More information is available using the link below.

NOV 15 The Office Trivia $700 in Prizes! WOB Gainesville

Dwight, are you ready for The Office trivia? Grab your friends and head to World of Beer tomorrow, November 15th, for The Office trivia night. You might leave with one of the $700 worth of prizes. Good luck!

Try and win some prizes while working your recall memory of the TV show The Office!

The Agency Open House

The Agency is having its fall 2018 open house to introduce their staff and showcase their work to students interested in applying in the spring semester. #Opportunity 🤩

UF College of Journalism and Communications was used as the primary source for this story. More information is available using the link below.