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Stop being sanctimonious and actually help people

Twitter, like an oncoming vehicle or bovine tuberculosis, is something you’d do well to avoid if you know what’s good for you. Whether it’s Russian bots trying to twist your mind against whichever political candidate the Kremlin favours least that day, or a bunch of celebrities having yet another pointless spat at each other, Twitter really does serve as...

Ham-gate 2019: A delicious mistake or scrumptiously planned?

The views expressed in Viewpoint do not represent the views of The Saint but are individual opinions. Picture the scene: It is a cold, damp, Friday night in a lonely St Andrews. All the tasty hams are tucked up neatly asleep, and the occupants of Rocca Deli begin the night shift, comfortable in the knowledge that surely, in a peaceful...

A review of my first year at St Andrews

The offer holder day on the 18th of April 2018 was my eureka moment, you could say – the moment when I realised, for all Durham’s charm, St Andrews was just better in every way.

On Mozza’s new menu…

Mozza is one of my favourite go-to places to eat in St Andrews. Their pizzas and deals are ideal for students who want to eat out on a budget. For £5, I can get a pretty good pizza that satisfies my salty cravings. Herbed ham swimming on melted mozzarella as they lay on the bed of a really soft...

What’s the point of golf?

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Now, call me a pleb as much as you wish, but I really don’t see the obsession some folk in this town have with golf. Unrefined as I am, I simply cannot see the enjoyment in it. Every morning I wake up at 7 am, and by the time I’ve rolled out of bed at half-past, the view from...

How do I know what class I belong to?

It’s 9:30am. I sit in the library, fingers poised over computer keys. I have miraculously managed to leave Agnes Blackadder Hall before 10am in order to dive head first into an essay. The title has been typed, but the remainder of the screen looks back at me accusingly blank — but, alas! I cannot start. I am struck with...

Reflections on Notre Dame

Last week, at the beginning of Holy Week, Notre Dame caught fire, destroying a centuries-old roof made of trees so tall that they are irreplaceable, and causing the cathedral’s famous spire to fall like a candle to the ground below. The photos of the fire will no doubt become famous, like those of St Paul’s Cathedral rising out of...

Should we still have exams?

As we draw closer to exam season, it is only natural that one takes a step back to consider if exams should even exist. There are certainly alternatives and given the lack of knowledge I have on any of my subjects, it is a good time as ever to reflect on the system that we have currently. There are some...

Careers, exams, and existential panic: How do I prepare for life after St Andrews?

I somewhat dread leaving St Andrews and going home. I’m in the extremely annoying position of having very successful old schoolmates, who have – rather selfishly, I might add – completely sorted their lives out, and are doing quite well for themselves. Not only this, but, because I made the dual mistake of both choosing a four-year course and...

Devil’s Advocate – Should students protest in St Andrews?

Yes - Milly Butters We’ve all got a lot of affection for the things about St Andrews that characterise it. As the University is spread all over the town, students can’t help but interact with the town itself and its residents daily. In my opinion, however, what makes it particularly special is the cosmopolitan body of people and global outlook...