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Investing in Inventions: The Future’s Not Always Clear

One basic premise of the stock market surrounds the idea of early investment in business ventures which have the potential to grow and attract a wide user-base. It is a mutual goal of public and private investors alike. While governments regularly subsidize research in medical advancements, energy, or national security; businesses might opt to invest in household goods. Since...

St Andrews Brewing Co Talks Beer, Success and Expansion

St Andrews Brewing Co opened as the town’s one and only local brewery in 2012, 111 years after its predecessor closed down. The town of St Andrews has a superb national and international reputation, so the brewing company was on its mission to serve the town with high-quality beer. Having wild ambitions in mind, the founders chose the most...

Haggling: The Economics and The Art

The practice of haggling is prevalent in many cultures. Whether one sees it as part of a travelling experience, an opportunity to save money, or a game to win, it boils down to a situation where two parties are interested in cooperating in a transaction but dispute over how to cooperate. Similar to many people, I was more interested...

Out-of-hours Services for GPs in Fife Cancelled

Temporary closure of out-of-hours GP cover in Fife as a result of staff shortages has concerned local residents. As of last Monday, primary care emergency services (PECS) at St Andrews, Queen Margaret and Glenrothes hospitals will be closed for three months. This means that patients put in place by Fife Health and Social Care Partnership (FHSCP) will be referred...

370 More Homes Approved to be Built – Brouhaha!

Following much brouhaha, the town of St Andrews is set to expand. Many anticipate growing pains. Bringing an extended saga nearer to a close, a planning committee of Fife Council have announced their unanimous approval for a new housing scheme that will see hundreds of new residences and related amenities built on the western periphery of St Andrews. Mount...

‘Buy Now, Pay Later’

Illustration: Rachel Cripps Imagine being rewarded with free clothes, discounts, and the recurring chance to enter into prize raffles for vacations or new cars simply for being a loyal shopper? Does it sound too good to be true? Perhaps it is. That is the pitch for a re-emerging trend called ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ store credit cards. In particular, these cards...

Eleven Alternative Interview Tips

Illustration: Cosette Puckett Interview is often the most intimidating step of any application process. Most candidates know the basic preparation tips — do research, look confident, dress for success. However, at the present time when multiple qualified candidates are vying for one position, are these tips enough for helping you stand out? In the words of Miles Young, former Chairman...

The Era of Big Data: Privacy is Dead

Illustration: Tom Williams We have heard of the Facebook data scandal, Cambridge Analytica, and Yahoo 2016 privacy breach. We said we’ve had enough. However, while we stand on the moral high ground as victims and talk extensively about the limits of our right to privacy, few have paid attention to just what big data and machine learning are about. Perhaps...

Advertising Student Events at St. Andrews

Illustration: Gabrielle Wolf Life at St Andrews is full of student events. With those events come publicity and advertising. Wanted or not, our mailboxes and Facebook pages receive invites to events on a weekly basis. As favorable as these strategies seem, how effective are they at actually selling tickets and increasing turnout? Having been on a few committees at the student societies...

Run in the Chariots of Fire Race This June!

Illustration: Edward Emery Dreaming of sun, sand and dipping your toes in the water as you stare out of the library window on what is, I expect, another grey, grey day in St Andrews (as it is when I sit and write this now). Dream away, but might I suggest that you redirect those dreams to a run along the silver...