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Please, Be a Journalist!

Illustration: Lindsey Wiercioch In an interview with The Guardian, Jean Vanier, a Canadian philosopher and theologian, cited the last words of a dying prostitute to a social worker: “You have always wanted to change me, but you have never met me.” These words left a mark on a then 20- year-old me who thought she knew all there is to know...

No Survivors in Trade Wars

Illustration: Rebecca Feng A trade war might be emerging between the U.S. and China, which threatens to have a monumental impact, not only severely hurting trade profits on both sides, but also destabilising existing foreign policies. While the Trump administration has since tried to quell fears of retaliatory tariffs planned by China to threaten American jobs, the effort was half-hearted....

Bermuda Scholarships Launched at St. Andrews

Photo: Sammi McKee A new scholarship scheme has joined the wide pantheon of offerings for prospective St Andreans. Thanks to a new scholarship set up by two philanthropists and administered by the Bermudian Ministry of Education and Workforce Development, a pair of Bermudian undergraduates will see their education at St Andrews funded to the tune of up to £35,000 per annum...

The Cost of Hosting Olympic Games

Illustration: Lindsey Wiercioch As the dust settles on the Pyeongchang Olympics, a decades-long debate on the financial virtues of hosting the Olympic Games is beginning once again. Hosting the Games has always been expensive, but in recent years the cost of doing so has increased dramatically, causing citizens and governments across the world to question whether the prestige and tourism...

Men in “Feminine” Fields: The Glass Escalator Theory

There has been much news coverage concerning the concept of the “glass ceiling,” which describes the transparent promotion barrier facing minority ‒ particularly women ‒ workers. But a new, adjacent theory is starting to take hold. It’s called the “glass escalator” theory and it applies to men in traditionally “feminine” fields, such as nursing and elementary school education. In...

Rethinking Charity

Illustration: Rachel Cripps Walking from one end of town to another, one can’t help but notice the charity shops and signs that call out for attention with pride. Stopping by the Union, one will almost always bump into students holding little charity boxes in their hands, asking for spare change. Their smiles are bright, their compassion infectious – it is...

Kentucky Fried Chicken Without Chicken- It’s not Ideal

Illustration: Lindsey Wiercioch A great deal of careful consideration goes into a successful eatery. Location, staffing and decor are just a few items on a long list of necessary factors for an aspiring restaurateur or a franchisee. However, the most important element, the sine qua non of it all, is the food. When a restaurant lacks this last element, there’s no...

Word on the Street: Go to Tanon

Photo: Tanon Phon McLean is 15 minutes late to her interview with The Saint. She rushed into Tanon, complaining that the snow made her drive from Guardbridge take twice as long as usual. “My brake was not working,” she said as she turned on the heater in the 24-seat little eatery on Market Street. Phon, who welcomed me with a smile,...

Academic Women Here!

I was recently made aware of a booklet produced by the University – ‘Academic Women Here!’ on being a female academic at the University of St Andrews. Published in November 2017, the booklet aims to facilitate discussions about the career progression of women in academia by featuring a range of voices from the female St Andrews population. Grade 8...

New Company Saves High-skilled Jobs from Disappearing

In St Andrews, as at most renowned universities, research is an indispensable part of academic life as well as an important employer for the local economy. It was with alarm, therefore, that university administrators and lab staff learned of the decision last June by Sasol UK, a South Africa-based energy and chemicals company, to end its research work at the...