How the Gator Growls Pt. 2

Taylor Fishman is a rising sophomore majoring in Telecommunications serving as the current Director of Film. This is her first year being a part of the Homecoming Gator Growl family and was driven to join the moment she attended Growl.  

Taylor is extremely passionate about production. As the Director of Film, her goal is to create as many videos as possible in order to promote Growl to new students and create anticipation for this year’s events. 

“I find it very rewarding to make a video where I can look back on a time and remember it so vividly, so that is why I applied to film this event. Since gator growl has been a tradition for so long, I want to make sure that there is a record of the great things that growl accomplishes throughout the year.” Taylor said.

Even though this year has been different than the rest, Taylor has had the opportunity to feel a part of the HCGG family through interacting with her team and the rest of the Growl family through online meetings. “I love how I am able to meet so many talented individuals. I am always in awe of the hard work that everyone puts in because I feel like everybody is doing their job so well and it’s great to see.” Taylor said. 

The Gator Growl tradition is one of the reasons why Taylor decided to attend UF. “Traditions keep everyone connected and creates a family, and I feel like this is what sets UF apart from any other state university.  All of the traditions that are still prevalent today have upheld the spirit that has created UF.” Taylor said. 

Those same traditions that serve as the gap between the past and future of the Gator Nation are also why Reece Tappan, Director of Technical, chose to join the Gator Growl staff.

After attending Growl his freshman year, Tappan knew he wanted to be a part of putting together the largest student-run pep rally in the nation.

As the Technical Director, Tappan loves the planning and analytical parts of organizing the concert. Aside from the specifics of his role, he said he is grateful for the ways Gator Growl has taught him to be a part of and lead a team, and to do it all through Zoom.

Andrew Goren, Director of Outreach is serving his second year in Growl. Goren grew up a Gator fan since his dad went to school there and learned about Growl through him. He knew he wanted to become involved with the organization and applied to be an Assistant Director of Outreach. After working in this facility, he liked it so much he applied to continue as a Director. 

“[Growl] has some of the best people at UF who want to be leaders and make this school and Growl an amazing place to be, “ Goren said. “Growl means a lot to me, I love this organization.”

Goren’s primary goal for this year is to sell as many tickets as possible and he is looking forward to seeing who will be performing.