16 Reasons Fairfield University's Tully Dining Commons Confuse Me

16 Reasons Fairfield University's Tully Dining Commons Confuse Me

A glass jar of pickles is always a great decoration, right?

Fairfield’s new dining hall is absolutely gorgeous, and is definitely an upgrade from the dining tent that we ate in for about two months last semester.

It is also an upgrade from our beloved Barone Dining Room, but I think that I speak for Stags everywhere when I say that there are some unanswered questions, some things that don’t quite make sense about our big new upgrade.

1. The chairs

Those new light blue and gray chairs are great to sit in when you’re eating, but for some reason you can’t wander the Tully without tripping over one of their long metal support rods that hold them up, leading to almost dropping your full plate of food.

2. Why does the soft serve machine NEVER work?

After a long day, I look forward to a full cup of twist soft serve ice cream with caramel and Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Nothing is worse than looking forward to a cup of ice cream and walking over to the machine to see that the handles are taken off.

3. Why is the pizza so far off to the side away from everything else?

It is cool to go over to the new pizza and pasta section to watch the pizza being cooked, but sometimes people forget that it’s there.

4. Why is food used as decorations?

A glass jar of pickles is always a great decoration, right?

5. Why are there such exotic flavors of infused water?

I speak for some people, myself included, when I say lemon, lime and orange are good contenders to spice up the water game, but lychee water?

6. Speaking of water, why is there never water in the four extremely large water holders?

There's always ice, though, so that's a plus.

7. Still speaking of drinks, why is there never a proportionate amount of cups around all the drink stations of the dining hall?

Having to walk across the dining hall just for a cup when you’re tired and hungry is not a good mix. Point made.

8. Why do the waffles say "Tully" in the middle?

It is cool, and rather boujee might I add, but why the waffles? Only Fairfield!

9. Why is there no waffle mix to go with the waffle maker in the Allergy Suite?

What am I supposed to do with the waffle maker if there’s no batter?

10. The conveyor belt

The new conveyor belt is so aesthetically pleasing, but it moves so darn slow and there is not enough room for everyone to put their cups, bowls and plates on. In Barone, it was a drop-and-go situation. In the Tully, putting dishes away is more strategic, like a puzzle. You have to figure out a way that all of your dirty dishes can fit in the little wet metal box without falling mid-motion. At least the utenisils don’t have to be separated!

11. Why is there always such a long line for the main dish section in the back?

The line doesn’t even move! It is where the main dish of the night is, usually things like cheeseburgers, fries and chicken nuggets. When people are ready to grab food, they head right there without even knowing what is there. The line always extends all the way back to the salad bar, and sometimes people don’t even see anything they like when they get up there, so they just wasted their time waiting for something they didn’t even want.

12. The balsamic vinegar only sometimes makes an appearance.

Nothing against you, red wine vinegar, but I just prefer balsamic vinegar on my salad. To me, it has a better, richer taste and I wish that I had that option every day.

13. Cheese rotation?

You never know what cheeses will be available to put your salad, but sometimes there are options like cottage cheese and the hard shaved parmesan. I prefer the shaved cheddar with my balsamic vinegar and oil, but blue cheese crumbles always being available makes it all OK.

14. There's never the option of regular popcorn chicken for your salad at the salad toss station.

That is a request that I got when I mentioned writing this article. Not everyone likes buffalo chicken. Why can’t the chicken before the buffalo sauce be an option?

15. How do the bananas go brown so darn fast?

It took me a full two weeks to find where the bananas even were (by the ice cream of course), and when I went to get one, most were brown, so I took a yellow one. It was tossed when mushy banana stuff came out from under the peel when I went to eat it.

16. Bakery case is display only.

Of course. Everyone’s favorite section of the Tully, the desserts. The desserts in the Tully look and taste so much better than the desserts in Barone, but the worst is looking at a delicious cake that you can’t even snag a piece of. Display only.

**Disclaimer: This article was not meant to offend anyone or make fun of Fairfield's new dining facility; it was simply written for fun.

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8 Reasons Girls Who Love Tequila Are Better

Because if she can handle tequila, she can handle you too.

There are all kinds of alcohol stereotypes out there but the one associated with tequila is probably the worst: tequila makes you crazy. But if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that women who drink tequila are one-of-a-kind.

Whether it's loving or fighting, you'll never find anyone who does it better than a girl who just straight up loves tequila, and here are a few reasons why that is.

1. She's independent

A girl who drinks tequila is probably the same girl who has absolutely no problem telling it like it is. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

2. She doesn't care what you or anyone else thinks

Oh, you have a problem with me taking shots and having a good time? Well, get over it! Bartender, a shot with salt and a lime please!

3. Always dancing

Tequila is an 'upper' so instead of sitting at the bar doing nothing, let's dance! Let's get moving!

4. There is never a dull moment

Speaking of dancing, a girl who drinks tequila is always down for a good time. Whether it's going on an adventure or seeing who can take the most shots, a tequila girl is always down to party.

5. While everyone else is starting to get sleepy, she has all the energy

Like I said, tequila is an 'upper' so while the other girls at the bar are starting to feel groggy and sad, she's all over the place having fun and partying on the dancefloor.

6. She's stronger than the girl crying over a vodka cranberry at the bar.

Sad over a breakup? Don't go for the vodka... Tequila will make you feel better in no time! Plus you can challenge the hot guys at the bar to a shot taking contest.

7. Tequila is healthy for you

Tequila is a probiotic, so some tequila a day keeps the doctor away. Yay for shots!

8. She can hold her own when it comes to alcohol

Any girl who can shoot some shots at the bar all day and night can handle alcohol, which means she can handle herself too. You won't have to deal with her constant breakdowns and mood swings because she will be too busy ordering more shots.

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A Saturday In The Life Of A Freshman

Welcome to Darty Season


Have you ever had a more stereotypical freshman's Saturday than my friends Maddie, Lauren, Jocelyn, Meg, Barbara, and I? Keep reading to see a packed day in darty season from a freshman's point of view.

9:00 am

My alarm that I meant to set for the day before goes off. I begrudgingly roll over, and turn it off, falling back asleep.

10:00 am

I finally wake up, roll, or jump, out of my lofted bed, grab my laptop, and do a little studying for my exam on Monday -- there's no time for that later today, so I've gotta get some of it done then.

10:30 am

Shower. Pick an outfit. Brush teeth. Makeup. Pack a bag of extra clothes.

12:00 pm

I walked downstairs to the lobby to meet two of my friends who were gonna walk with me to Tutweiler Hall.

12:30 pm

My friends and I at the fundraising event

Elizabeth Gainey

We arrived at Tut, met our friends, then left to go to a philantropy event at Sig Tau sponsored by B+, an organization that assists the families of children diagnosed with cancer. Their burgers and fries were top notch.

2:30 pm

The Hackberrys, a band comprised of UA students, played the event. We left to go back to Tut after a few songs.

3:00 pm

We finally got back at Tut, changed clothes, listened to music, hung out.

3:45 pm

We *finally* left for Pike (sorry mom!). You know how long it takes five girls to get ready, so don't act so shocked.

4:10 pm

Myself, super escstatic about having to wait in a mob of people to get in

Elizabeth Gainey

Have you ever arrived to a frat when it's at capacity? Yeah, around 100 screaming girls were shoving to get into the darty. It was an experience like no other, but eventually, we made our way in. It may have been in groups of two, and we definitely lost a girl to the crowd (she's fine!), but we made it.

6:30 pm

After dancing on an elevated surface or two, walking in circles around their courtyard, watching an active climb into a basketball goal, and waiting in a way-too-long line for the restroom, we decided to go back to Tut.

6:45 pm

We definitely made a stop to grab a snack or two on our way back to Tut.

7:15 pm

After realizing that none of the parties at night were gonna start until around 10 pm, we decided to watch some random YouTube videos and Netflix to pass the time. There was also another stop for snacks at the infamous Julia's on the first floor of Tut.

9:30 pm

My third outfit change of the day. We decided to leave Tut for frat row for the third time that day, too. I wanna say my total steps for the day was around 17,000? It was a lot.

10:00 pm

Best view in the house (Myself on the left, Maddie on the right)

Elizabeth Gainey

We got to Sigma Pi as the party was just starting to build up. Their band room was filled within the hour, and they had a pretty good DJ. Although the active yelling at me and my friend to get off the stage was no fun.

11:00 pm

Have you ever faked out a frat boy with a soccer ball? Well, now I can say I have.

12:00 am

After someone pulled the fire alarm on Sigma Pi, we decided to walk back to Tut.

12:45 am

My two Ragecrest friends and I decided to take the bus back because, after the stretch to and from frat row three times, we had no more walking left in us.

1:00 am

Canes chicken tenders. Enough said. It's the way to end a night.

It was a very packed, but very fun and eventful day. We pretty much hit all the spring semester stereotypes: walking along and to frat row, going to a darty, going to a frat party, going to a philanthropy event, and more. As crazy as the day was, I highly recommend trying a day like this once because you won't forget it!


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