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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...

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...