GHQ Tech: Quadio, a Social Music Network App

Calling all college artists, musicians and music lovers! I’ve discovered this app that I wish I found sooner and I want to tell you all about it. Let me tell you about a platform that you’ll wish you heard about earlier:Quadio.

Quadio is a free, college-based streaming platform that serves as a digital hub for music on campus. Think Spotify meets Reddit meets Instagram. Through Quadio, artists can expand their musical network, communicate with artists and listeners, and collaborate on projects. It’s also a fantastic new way for students who aren’t artists to discover the musicians all around them on campus. Whether you’re an artist looking to be discovered, or simply a college student with a love for music, you can be sure to find something to love about Quadio. There really is something for everyone.

Here are some features of the music collaboration platform that are worth highlighting:

  1. Discovery Feeds

Quadio’s discovery feeds make it easy for artists to find each other and to get found. The discovery starts off at your school but can be broadened to a state, regional, or national scale. One of the most unique features is this “looking for” tab. With this feature, you can upload unfinished tracks into the “in progress” feed, and then tag them with “looking for” a vocalist, guitarist, pianist, etc. This makes it so much easier for artists to collaborate and make more music.

  1. The Chart System

For young artists, the over-saturation of platforms such as Apple Music and Soundcloud makes it hard for music to stand out, especially when they are competing with big-name artists. The Quadio chart system uses the same algorithm as Reddit, taking into account likes, plays, and time decay. This feature allows artists to gain more exposure.

  1. Profile Pages

Quadio’s profile pages feature has a strong social media influence where users can chat with friends and engage with their music community. Band and Acapella group pages will link to member profiles under a “members” tab. You can also direct message people from their profiles.

  1. Artist Locater

The artist locater highlights an artists' musical background, including the instruments they play, the software they use, what they are interested in, etc.

Some cool features include being able to highlight yourself if you are looking to collaborate, using the filters like “genre” or “looking for” to find specific artists on your campus, and being able to look at the music and artists at other schools in the nation.

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!

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Deals on Election Day

Everyone Loves A Deal!

Boston Market

Boston Market will treat voters to one free slider from 9 p.m. until close at all their locations nationwide on Tuesday, November 3rd, no purchase necessary. Slider Options include: Chicken Cheddar, Turkey Cheddar, Chicken Chipotle or BBQ Meatloaf.

Grubhub

Grubhub users can take advantage of all sorts of deals on Tuesday, November 3rd, with deals ranging from free delivery to discounts. Red Lobster will be offering free delivery on orders over $25, and 7-11 will have free delivery on orders over $15, same with BurgerFi. Burger King is offering $3 off $18 or more orders, California Pizza Kitchen fanatics can get $10 off their order of $30 or more. There’s other participating restaurants like Hooters to PF Chang’s, and many more.

Krispy Kreme

Visit any participating Krispy Kreme on November 3rd for a free original glazed doughnut. No proof of voting is required for the freebie, either, anyone gets to enjoy this sweet treat. Krispy Kreme will also hand out ‘I Voted’ stickers to honor those who mailed in their ballot this year.

Jimmy John’s

Jimmy John’s is offering BOGO 50% off 8-inch or 16-inch sandwiches through November 8th. Use promo code RMN at checkout if ordering online.

Chili’s

Chili’s is offering up $5 Presidente Margarita until November 3rd. This is available for dine-in or to-go and you’ll receive an Chili’s ‘I Voted’ sticker.

McAlister’s Deli

Join McAlister’s Rewards loyalty program and download their app for a ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ sandwich coupon that will be added to your account November 3rd.

Uber

While Uber’s ‘Get Out the Vote’ has been around for a while now, Uber is amping things up in 2020. Uber is offering 50% off round-trip rides to and from the polls – up to $7 each way or $14 round-trip for cars, bikes and scooters. Check out the Uber app to find your correct polling location.

Lyft

Lyft’s ‘Ride the Vote’ initiative offers riders 50% off one ride up to $10 to any polling location or drop box on election day. Use the code ‘2020VOTE’ when you request a ride.

Hertz

Hertz wants to help get you to the polls with their ‘Drive the Vote’ initiative. This promotion includes one free day when you pick up on either November 2nd or 3rd. At least a two-day rental is required at participating neighborhood locations. Use the code ‘210350’ when reserving your rental car.

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.