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Welcome Back!

GHQ welcomes you back to campus! Many more students are back on campus now and while there is more face-to-face activity expected, the safety precautions are more important that ever. Remember to wear your mask on campus, even outdoors if you are going to be within 6 feet of others.

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Elevator Operator Interview

GHQ host Allison Barkdull recently sat down for a Zoom interview with Tallahassee-based band Elevator Operator. She asked them about life in the band, that unusual name and their new music.

Sara's Bachelorette Review

The 2020 Bachelorette Recap

By: Sara Dastgerdi

Tuesday, October 13th was the premiere of season 16 of The Bachelorette. Clare Crawley is the leading lady, but she definitely isn't a new face in the bachelor franchise. She debuted in Juan Pablo Galavis’ season and made it to the top 2. She was also featured on Bachelor in Paradise and Bachelor in Paradise Again, as well as Bachelor Winter Games with no luck. Fun fact, she is also the oldest bachelorette in bachelor history at 39, but is back with full confidence that she’ll find her husband this time around.

The season premiere was actually supposed to air months ago, but was postponed to now because of the Covid pandemic. All contestants flew to California where they were tested and quarantined to ensure a safe season. They are all living in a La Quinta resort corona free with no access to outside contacts so they can freely communicate and experience all the season has to offer.

Recap

The creative intros are always my favorite part of the show, especially since everyone had been quarantined for months on end prior to this. They finally had the ability to have human interaction as well as physical contact upon meeting Clare, which many of them were just excited to finally hug another person. Some of the more notable entrances were: Ed arriving in a bubble with a play on quarantine, Jay in a straitjacket because he was crazy in love, and Demar in a parachute. However, viewers could tell Dale had a special place in Clare’s heart from the get go. He ultimately ended up receiving the first impression rose.

On to the legendary cocktail party. Clare mixed and mingled with a few guys before, of course, drama emerged. Tyler C. claimed fellow contestant Yosef was messaging other women from Tyler’s town and was not there for the right reasons. Clare had to step in and Yosef ended up denying the claim. Clare was not going to let this bump in the road affect her happiness this season, so she brushed it off and continued to mingle.

Blake was another contestant that stood out in Clare's mind. Apparently, he messaged her during quarantine, which is against the rules to have prior contact. She applauded him for his boldness and they shared the first kiss of the season.

The rose ceremony was hard for Clare because she was unable to meet every contestant. Despite that, she sent Tyler C., Jordan M., Robby, Page, Mike, AJ, Chris, and Jeremy home, with 23 men still remaining.

The second episode had just as much drama. It started out with the first group date, which featured Riley, Ivan, Bennett, Jordan, Yosef, Ben, Zach J, Zach C, and of course, her personal favorite... Dale.

She decided on doing a date centered around the love languages. Up first was words of affirmations and with this one she lived out every girls fantasy. Clare stood in a princess tower while attractive men went one by one as they graced her with their words of affirmation. The second part to this was that the men had to go to their rooms and gift Clare with something of value to them and explain their choice. Next was physical touch, where she was blindfolded, while hugging and touching each contestant. Finally, it really started heating up during the quality time portion of the event, which was a cocktail party. There was an awkward silence where no man tried to take Clare away right at the start, but Bennett took initiative. Clare was visibly upset by this and couldn’t even focus on her one on one time with Bennett, which ultimately made Clare march right back up to the group of men and lecture them.

"I really couldn't concentrate and focus on talking with [Bennett] because I'm a little bit taken aback. I'm sitting here, I made a toast, and then there was the longest awkward silence and I just sat here and was embarrassed. Does anybody want to spend time with me?"

There was a trail of sorries matched with more awkwardness and talk of wanting bro time. Sorry, but the bachelorette is neither the time or place for brotherhood. Aren't they supposed to be competing against each other? Anyway, Riley ended up receiving the group rose.

Clare selected former pro football player Jason for the one on one date. It was honestly a real nice concept for a date. She had him write a letter to his past self and she did the same. They opened up, were vulnerable, and even let it all out by screaming into the night. I think they learned a lot about each other and it even resulted in Jason receiving a rose, as well as a kiss.

Now this is where the conflict starts. The second group date involved a game of dodgeball with a twist Clare added. Everytime a team lost they had to strip an article of clothing and the winning team was awarded an after party with Clare. The teams were divided by the colors red and blue. They ended up playing four games until ultimately blue took the loss. The blue team took their walk of shame like pros, but there was one sore loser. Blake actually interrupted the red after party to take Clare away, which caused a huge altercation between the red team who won the time with Clare fair and square. Clare still ended up awarding him with a rose for being bold yet again, which I thought was kind of weird. Chasen got the group rose.

Another thing that happened in this episode was Brandon being sent home, for a pretty hysterical reason too. She finally had one on one time with him and he told her he was so excited to be a part of this season when he found out she was going to be the bachelorette. She was flattered, asking what he liked so much about her and he literally couldn't answer. Like he could have said anything.

On to week three……

Remember Yosef? Well he calls Clare out this episode. He explained that the strip dodgeball game from the prior episode was immature and a “classless display”. He even went as far as to say he was “ashamed to be associated with [Clare].” This of course got a reaction out of her and just like that another contestant was gone.

Clare gets a special visit from former bachelorette DeAnna Stagliano. She was so excited to talk to someone that understands this experience and process, but she ends up on the topic of Dale the whole time. I mean who's really surprised?

Speaking of Dale, he was definitely the most hated contestant this episode.To kick off the group date, he explained that he was only going to steal Clare for five minutes, which to the other guys dismay turned into an hour. This resulted in the other guys not having adequate time with the bachelorette and to make matters worse, he had the audacity to steal her again from poor Jay. Can you give the other guys a chance please?

Chasen swooped in and interrupted the love birds. When Dale returned to the other men, they ripped him a new one before Dale got the group rose. Zach J got the one-on-one this week, but honestly I just feel bad for anyone that's not Dale at this point. Clare and Zach hit the spa, where Zach got his first ever pedicure. Multiple times she mentioned how much she wanted  Dale to be there during her interviews. I also had the worst second hand embarrassment. They both hung out at the pool and as Clare was leaving to get ready for their dinner date, she went in for a kiss, but somehow noticed that Zach was pulling away, which he claimed he wasn't. He tried to pull her back in but this rattled her. She didn't show up for dinner and he was sent home.

In my opinion, the best part of the entire season so far was this second group date, which was a comedy roast where they were encouraged to roast someone in the house. Of course, everyone came for Dale. It was absolutely hilarious, but someone that didn't appreciate the comedy gold was the women of the hour. She ends up not giving out a rose because they flamed her man.

The preview of the next episode was shocking. The guys were shown packing up their things, Chris Harrison was explaining that this has never happened before, Clare is crying, and Tayshia Adams emerges from the water. New bachelorette?

Catch more of the drama every Tuesday on ABC.

The Mandalorian is Back On Disney+

"This is the way", again.

The Mandalorian is back on Disney+ as Mando continues to protect and accompany the Child (Baby Yoda) back to his people. Along the way he runs into some not so friendly characters from the Star Wars universe.

The Mandalorian has been a hit for Disney as well as with many Star Wars longtime fans, including those who did not like the recent movie sequels. Check out the trailer for season two:

Original "James Bond" Sean Connery Dies at 90

Plenty of Hollywood celebrities honored the memory of actor Sean Connery who passed away Saturday at the age of 90. Connery is best known as the original, and many maintain the best, James Bond. The veteran actor passed away after a long illness in the Bahamas.

Let's have another look at "Bond...James Bond" the way no other actor could seem to do it.

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.

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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.

GHQ G-Team: Here's Who Leads the Team and Who's On-Air!

GHQ Leadership Team 2019

Justin Tyler - Lead Mentor/Brand Manager

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Alyssa Campa - Programming Leader

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Matt Duffy - Engagement/Promotions Leader

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Fede Psevoznik - Music Team Leader

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Julia Collins - Digital Team Leader

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Brittany Lewis - Digital Team Leader

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Angel Kennedy - Production Leader

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Gina Misener - Social Media Leader

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Annick Joseph - Podcast Leader

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Roly Ortega - Podcast Leader

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Adri Fernandez - Venue Relations Manager

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Fill in the Blank: The Restaurant I Wish We Had on Campus is _____________

All throughout campus here at the University of Florida, we have many choices for our food needs and you could definitely say we have something here for everyone.

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But...do we actually? And if not, what are we missing?

A recent e-mail sent out to students, faculty, and staff of the University asked everyone to keep an eye out for a survey that will be sent out to everyone to gather information on the campus dining experience. It stated that it is to better meet the needs of the campus population, and the future population.

I think this idea is AWESOME, and when you get the survey you should definitely take the time to fill it out. The University of Florida is looking for your input, so why not fill them in on what you think when you have the chance?

However, we thought we would take a jumpstart on this and do our own informal survey. So we'll ask you to fill in this blank...

THE RESTAURANT THAT I WISH WE HAD ON CAMPUS IS ________________.

We already have plenty of Starbucks, and you can go to Wendy's, Chik-Fil-A, Au Bon Pain, and many other food options. But we know that there is one missing, so what is it?

Check out the choices below. You can either choose one of them, or write in your own option in the "OTHER" line below. Plus you can choose up to three options, because we know we are all foodies and love to have options.

So, how would YOU fill in the blank?