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Pennies from Heaven

Jazzworks began the night with a lively set. Often working with Swing Dance Society, this is a collaborative group of musicians from throughout the town. Tonight seven members were present. I was told that they hold open jam sessions every Tuesday at Golf Place and will definitely be dropping by there after the break! A "California Routine" was followed by...

COSLA Conference 2013

Rory Mair, Chief Executive of COSLA, talks in St Andrews The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) held their annual conference at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews last week.  The two headliners — Scotland’s Deputy Prime Minister, MSP Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party, and head of the pro-union Better Together campaign, Alistair Darling — led off on...

UDS Debate – This House Believes the Thirteen Colonies Should Declare Independence from Great Britain

Last Thursday saw the Union Debating Society, in conjunction with The History Society, debate like it was 1776, as Lower Parliament Hall went back in time to the eve of the American Revolution to debate the motion, ‘This House Believes the Thirteen Colonies Should Declare Independence from Great Britain’. Featuring dodgy wigs, Thespian spirit and radical revolutionary sentiment, the...

Xavier Project Society: Where Do We Belong?

On 14th March 2013 at 7:30 at the Golf Hotel, the Xavier Project Society St Andrews, will be hosting a talk by George Omondi Odour, the Director of Community Services for Refugees at the UNHCR Nairobi entitled ‘Where Do We Belong? The Fate of Urban Refugees in East Africa’ He will speak about the issues facing urban refugees in...

Chasing Ice

Walking into the warmth of the School 3 Lecture Theatre on Monday evening, I was faced with a motley amalgamation of people, perhaps the most heterogeneous group I had seen since arriving in St. Andrews. Students of all years and subjects filled the seats, as well as older residents of St. Andrews; I found an empty place next to...

UDS Debate – This House Has No Faith in Her Majesty’s Government

Last Thursday saw what had promised to be the Union Debating Society’s biggest and best debate of the year. As one of the most relevant, thought-provoking and controversial titles this year, the foundations had certainly been laid for some heated and fiery political discussion. Indeed, featuring an impressive line-up of politicians, political hacks and journalists, over 150 people attending...

DONT WALK 2013

While DONT WALK and ‘invite only’ are never far from the same sentence, the close-knit atmosphere and surroundings of Kinkell Byre’s beautiful brickwork manages to create a really special type of event. Although it’s almost impossible not to compare FS and DW, it really is vital to see St Andrews fashion’s more select show as an entirely different beast. Yes...

St Andrews Foreign Affairs Conference – Nationalism in the New Era

It was a fitting venue for a conference on Scottish Nationalism: Parliament Hall, where the Scottish Parliament convened during the plague in Edinburgh from 1645-1646.  Four speakers—all preeminent scholars of nationalism, and one of constitutional law—came to a well organized event by the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Society. On the roster: Professor Michael Keating, from the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh;...

Voice Festival

Every year, the Voice Festival gets bigger and better, and last night we were not disappointed. (Nor were we disappointed in the Saint's coverage of it - it appeared that nearly all the section eds were in attendance!) Younger Hall had apparently sold out, and extra tickets had to be released. Queues to get in stretched nearly down to Sallies....

Big Top Ball

So I spent my afternoon clowning around with two of the guys organising Big Top Ball as they explained how they had been juggling all their duties in the run up to ticket sales. I'm not lion when I say it sounds like they've been having a ball with it! (Okay, I'll stop with the awful puns now.) Ed Coombe...