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How to work part-time without tearing your hair out

For some students at St Andrews, there is never really any question over whether or not to work part- time whilst studying. If you are from a disadvantaged background, a part-time job may simply be a mandatory part of financing your university experience. If you study a degree programme that is extremely demanding in terms of contact hours per...

How to save our beleaguered bop

The Friday night before this year’s reading week, as I prepared fully to leave my work until the last minute, something amazing happened. No, I didn’t get off my backside and head to the gym for once. Instead, I made the decision that enough was enough, and I needed a proper night out: not paying through the nose for...

Don’t believe the media when it comes to vaping

In the UK alone, 78,000 people die from smoking cigarettes – making up 16 per cent of all deaths. In line with the NHS’ anti-smoking strategy, e-cigarettes are actively encouraged as a smoking cessation aid. Why then, when you open any news article covering e-cigarettes, are you bombarded with warning after warning about the dangers of vaping products? Is...

Laundry services shouldn’t make a profit

At the beginning of this year, I must admit a slight spark of joy was ig - nited inside of me when I found out that, upon my return to student accommodation, I would no longer be shackled in the chains of Circuit Laundry. Finally, the demon that was Circuit had been exorcised from the grounds of Fife Park...

Devil’s Advocate: Has Meghan damaged or improved the reputation of the Royal Family?

Improved — Joe Waters — 71% For those keen fans of mine (I know you’re out there somewhere!) you will be aware that, over the summer, I wrote an impassioned piece in this paper defending Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, against her horrendous treatment by the press. I stood by my argument then, and I stand by it now. However, I’d go...

The Zero Tolerance policy is not fit for purpose

Does anybody even know what the University’s “Zero Tolerance Policy” towards harassment and bullying is? No, of course not; it’s buried deep within the labyrinthine Students’ Association website, right next to our constitution (which nobody’s read), a well-hidden disciplinary procedure (which not enough people have read), and standing orders so captivating that I can now recite the difference between...

Have we regressed as a society?

The recent attack on a St Andrews student by a purported group of school pupils got me thinking: where do we actually stand here in St Andrews, and what does this say about where we’re going? Is there a rift between those of us who have made this won - derful, windy spot by the sea our adopted home,...

Why is it so hard being popular?

“Big Al!” This familiar, and now greatly unwelcome, greeting rings out for the nth time since entering the Union. The people I came here with have long since gone to the bar after rolling their eyes when the queue formed so that everyone could meet their great hero. Unfortunately, I will have to stand here for most of the...

Got chlamydia?

I certainly hope you don’t. But it’s a few weeks shy of freshers and you’ve just got a text. Someone you slept with has an STD. Yikes. Time to see a doctor. If you don’t fancy waiting weeks for a GP appointment, then according to the University’s website, two clinics run every Friday between the hours of 9 am – 12:30 pm (for...

What St Andrews gets right

As everyone has seen in the e-mails from the Vice-Chancellor, The Saint articles, and various other spots throughout their news feed, St Andrews is doing very well these days for student satisfaction. As Deputy Viewpoint Editor, I undoubtedly will spend much time griping on about something I think the University is doing wrong or something it could improve upon...