10 Things You Could Only Ever Hear In The Tutwiler Elevator

10 Things You Could Only Ever Hear In The Tutwiler Elevator

The inside scoop on what it's really like living in Tutwiler.

The Julia Tutwiler Residence Hall houses over 900 freshman girls at the University of Alabama and living there is no picnic. While you can hear plenty of people complaining and spilling spicy details around the campus itself, nothing quite lives up to the iconic conversations that one hears in Tut's elevators. Here are ten things you will always hear in Tut's elevators.

1. "I threw up in my room because I was too embarrassed to throw up in the bathroom again."

It is a Tuesday morning, ma'am. What kind of life are you living to where you can get lit Monday night? Also, please, for the sake of your roommate, throw up in the bathroom. No one wants to wake up for their 8 am to the sound of you retching. I, on the behalf of all the girls in Tutwiler, promise not to judge you. We have all been or at some point will be in your position.

2. "The cops showed up and I almost got a SNAM."

How did you get out of it? Did you fake cry? Who did get a SNAM? Come on, Claire, spill all the dirty details to your friend so that I can be satisfied with this trip down to Julia's.

3. "I swear to God, I am getting sick."

Not today, honey, not today. Please isolate yourself if you are sick in Tutwiler otherwise you're contaminating everyone else, there is no way not to.

4. "My head hurts and I could throw up at any moment."

As you can tell, hangovers and parties are some of the most prominent topics in talking to a random stranger in the Tutwiler elevator. When it comes to throwing up, please refer to my pleads in #1.

5. "This dorm is a prison, I should have lived at *insert any other dorm on campus*."

This became more of a prominent complaint when we realized that we couldn't have visitors walk in and out as we pleased as is allowed with other dormitories around campus, like Ridgecrest, for example. This complaint is more prominent during the beginning of the first semester, but now most of us are just saying c'est la vie.

6. "Did she actually just take the elevator to floor four?"

There is an unwritten (definitely not unspoken) rule at Tut that if you live below or on floor five, you take the stairs up to your room. However, if I see Julie carrying two laundry hampers filled to the brim with fresh clothes and also struggling to keep her books and detergent from falling out of her arms, I am going to give her a free pass to take the elevator to floor four, or even two for that matter. Come on ladies, have some sympathy.

7. "I don't know if I want to be a sexy schoolgirl or teacher for this swap."

By the end of the night, you are all going to look the same. That is just a given, I am sorry. Be a sexy teacher, then there will be at least one girl there that isn't wearing a plaid skirt.

8. Literally what to wear for any swap, ever.

This is the most prominent topic in the Tut elevator and honestly, I commend these girls for still having the drive to actually try and spend over half their time planning their outfits and looks for these swaps. But seriously, how are you still going? If I have learned anything from Instagram, it's that you can just throw glitter on for any swap and you're good to go. Just do that ladies, do the bare minimum and thrive.

9. "I am just going to start ignoring the fire alarms."

I understand sleeping through the fire alarm that goes off at four in the morning, but this, this shook me to the core. Blatantly ignoring the fire alarm that goes off at two in the afternoon? That I cannot understand. Yes, this semester has never had an actual fire but what if the one time you decide to be hardcore and rebel against the fire alarm - there is an actual fire? I know this is just a rhetorical question that is going to be thrown to the wind but I am honestly bewildered.

10. "I hate these elevators."

Every girl in Tutwiler has a love/hate relationship with the elevators. You know that really common safety feature in elevators that if it senses something blocking the doors, it won't close? Yeah, Tut elevators don't seem to have that nice feature and will close, whether you are there or not. Also, they will call out at an obnoxiously loud volume each floor you pass even though it is clearly visible on the screen which floor you are about to arrive at. However, we can't help but love the elevators at the same time because nobody wants to walk five flights of stairs when we are all already struggling to thrive as is.

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9 Eligible Princes You Need To Know About Now That Prince Harry Is Off The Market

You too could have a Meghan Markle fairytale

Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

1. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (31)

Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting

Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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A perplexing puzzle that keeps you on your toes until the very last second.


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Christopher Nolan, the director, is a master of cinematic deception and misdirection. Originally based on the novel The Prestige by Christopher Priest, the movie is a significant adaptation with completely different scenes and even a changed ending. While it is easy to hide certain facts in a book, it is much more difficult to carry that level of deception out in a movie while still providing all the scenes necessary for the audience to follow along. Nolan accomplishes this beautifully and keeps the audience second-guessing the ending every five seconds.

Set in London in the late 1800s, The Prestige is a scientific fiction and thriller about two magicians, Alfred Borden and Robert Angier, who worked together until unfortunately one of their tricks goes awry and ends up killing Angier's wife. This starts a feud between Angier and Borden, that causes them to become obsessed with outperforming the other, no matter who or what is sacrificed along the way. It has countless red herrings and the illusion that Nolan is able to portray is absolutely fascinating.

The summer is a perfect time to relax and watch a new movie, and I highly recommend The Prestige as your next movie. The plot is carried out spectacularly and keeps you engaged until the very last second. A movie I'd definitely watch again and again, probably finding more clues each time I watch it!

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