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The Great Wizard: Embrace the Useless!

I would normally consider myself to be an eminently practical person. I’m the type of friend that you can rely upon to have a lip balm or tissue in their bag, the ‘Mum’ companion who reliably gives boring, logical advice that no one really wants to follow. The “have you eaten before you go out?” and “drink plenty of...

What next for Brexit?

In the past twenty-four hours, four cabinet ministers defied a three-line whip and are still in office, the prime minister was defeated, again, on her Brexit deal, and Parliament ruled out no deal.  This evening Parliament votes on whether or not to extend the article 50 deadline. In short, the government is in chaos. As Theresa May croaked out a...

Devil’s Advocate – Should students run the Students’ Association?

Yes - Joe Waters Let me start this side of the argument by asking some questions for you to consider. Should aliens run the UN? Should farmers run the fisheries union? Should those who fish run the farmer’s union? Despite how cool it might be to Sci-Fi fanatics to have extraterrestrials in Geneva and New York, it would be impossible...

What’s the point of my degree?

Week five is for me, like many other students, a rude awakening to the fact that university isn’t all beer and skittles, and actually involves doing an essay every now and then. But as I sit here in the library, reading tome upon tome of musings about the historiography of early Islamic history, I do occasionally wonder; what’s the...

Finally, St Andrews has beaten Cambridge!

Yes, you read that correctly! All of our collective hard work has paid off, and St Andrews has finally beaten Cambridge in a higher education metric. St Andrews, after decades (or maybe centuries?) of clutching onto the coattails of England’s most prestigious and ancient universities, has finally managed to break through and make a name for itself. I never...

A look ahead to the 2020 Presidential race

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Just over 3 years ago, primary election results from the states of Iowa and New Hampshire, among others, began to roll in, officially beginning one of the most bizarre and contentious presidential elections in the recent past. Donald Trump, the ultra-rich dark horse candidate who had previously been known for the phrase “You’re fired!” was known instead for “Make...

Voluntourism: beware of ‘white saviourism’

Volunteering abroad is an experience that holds with it much social capital; volunteers come back cultured and cultivated but equally, charitable and self-sacrificing. But why does volunteering in an African or south-east Asian country carry such glamour and weight with it? ‘Voluntourism’ is a sector of tourism that revolves around volunteering abroad. Whilst a seemingly exciting opportunity, as a...

Stop discriminating against the young!

There is a shocking epidemic sweeping St Andrews and no one ever talks about it. Almost every student in this University has an inbuilt bias against a certain social stratum, and many are not even aware that this prejudice exists. Some are too afraid to acknowledge that it does. This is a hugely important issue, and it needs to...

St Andrews has too many societies

St Andrews is saturated with societies. Open your Facebook or University email and you’ll see end-less posts, notifications, and messages all vying for your attention. “Come join us in...” and “interested in joining...”. The vendors desperate-ly bombard you with their products. Sigh. You don’t even bother clicking on most of these notifications. After all, you already made up your...

Defending Circuit Laundry

It may seem weird to find a first year willing to defend Circuit Laundry. After all, you’d be forgiven for thinking I’ve lost the plot, everyone hates them, right? Well, it’s easy to see why you’d get that impression from reading one of the many pieces about them in The Tab or asking just about any of my peers....