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Lips Magazine: students vs sexism

Lips Magazine, a student-based movement and soon-to-be online publication, is taking action to spread a new vision of gender equality within St Andrews. The magazine hopes to reverse readily accepted practices and mentalities by hosting open discussions and publishing written work, music, and forms of visual art in an online blog that expresses individuals’ feelings and emotions. Lips Magazine was...

Do I really need that book about Hygge?

A fashionable phenomenon in Britain yet a simple outlook on life for Danes, the word “hygge” means different things to different people. Pronounced “hoo-ga,” according to Google, there is no doubt that this simple concept is now worth a considerable amount of money. Go into any bookshop and you will find several books on the subject; even lifestyle shops...

LGBT+ students and mental health

It has been difficult to ignore the rising attention given to mental health over the last several years. Health care for such issues has long paled in comparison to those with physical ailments, but recently there has been an increased focus on correcting this inequality.

The Tennent’s lager saga

At the beginning of last semester, Tennent’s enthusiasts Tom Coombes and Will Abell were confronted with a harsh reality: Tennent’s at the Union had been replaced by Carling. This change sparked an angry response that eventually led to the creation of the Tennent’s Appreciation Society and a petition to "Bring back our Vitamin T."

Digital dependence: social media in St Andrews

Whether you’re walking down the street, sitting in a café or pub, or simply looking around a lecture theatre, an abundance of screens will meet your gaze. This is because, for the modern student, social media is the go-to source for everything from juicy gossip to political debates. But what would life in St Andrews be like without it? The Saint surveyed 100 students and found that 64 per...

36 hours in Denver

As a born and bred Coloradan, the first question I get asked, after the obvious yet somewhat suspicious “so you’ve done pot?” is always “you must be a big skier, then?” Well, the sad truth is no. I have never been skiing. Although Breckenridge, Aspen, Vail – all the renowned resorts – are only a few hours’ distance from my house, and I can see the glorious, snow-capped...

Students stand against Trump

Just 24 hours after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, students from the University of St Andrews made their voices heard at the Women’s March on Washington and other “sister” marches held around the United States and across the globe. Numerous US media outlets have called the women’s marches held in Washington and cities...

Life as a Language Assistant

Being a language student, I always knew that I would have the opportunity to go abroad for a year. It was, without a doubt, an experience that I had been looking forward to since school days. After practising verb tenses, building up endless banks of vocab and learning to appreciate films and books in Italian, I was desperate to...

Talking cheesecake with The Sassy Coconut

The Sassy Coconut is a healthy meals business run by Ella-Daisy Williams, a Third year Arabic and French student at the University. The business was created just over a year ago and has gone from strength to strength since its humble beginnings selling cheesecake. Last week, The Sassy Coconut brought out a range of healthy ready-meals –– stews, curries, chillis,...

Why am I so SAD?

The seasons are something we all experience. They are an unavoidable part of being human. But the way winter affects our overall mood can have a worryingly negative impact upon mental health. We begin the academic year with confidence and optimism. September passes, October greets us, and before we know it, November is here. Suddenly, things change. Donald Trump wins some election, the John Lewis advert just doesn’t quite...