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Why is it SO hard being posh?

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Archie Batra humorously shares the moment he realised and accepted that he was "posh".

Marijuana – Should We Legalise It?

As more countries begin to legalize recreational use of the popular substance, Linus Erbach makes a case for the UK following suit.

St Andrews and Home

Jurin K. Flores explores what it means to be an international student so far from home in St Andrews, and possible ways to reconnect with home

It’s Never too Late to Make Friends

Is making new friends a territory only for first years? How can you approach this as an older student? Annie Smith explores some ideas to help you reach out to new people

Death by STEM? science vs the arts

Victoria Whitton shares the importance of arts alongside the world of STEM.

MIND: Undiagnosed Mental Illness – Do We Need Labels?

Kaitlin Shaw articulates why labels may be implemented in mental health, and what effect this has on those using and seeking them.

Transition and University

Moving  to St  Andrews  from home  and  home to  St  Andrews is  always  something of  an  ordeal for  me  despite the  fact  I am  now  entering my  third  year and,  really,  it’s old  news;  I’ve done  it  countless times  before.  It  isn’t  even that  I  prefer to  be  in one  place  over the  other,  I love  my  home and  St  Andrews life  equally,  but in  completely  different ways  and  for different  reasons.    This detrimental  relationship with  transition  is  all  tied up  with  mental health  for ...

Goodbye, my sweet Whey Pat

At  the risk  of  sounding like  the  old, gammon-faced  codger  my mother  often  accuses me  of  being, I  preferred  the old  Whey  Pat. For  me,  there was  something  comfortingly familiar  about  the torn  leather  seating, the  broken  board games,  and  dog-eared quiz  books  (that probably  hadn’t  even  seen  the collapse  of  the Berlin  Wall).  I liked  the  battered dart  board,  the dangerous  allure  of the  grubby  fruit machines  and,  of course,  the  most reasonably  priced  pint of  Guinness  in town.  These,  I think,  are  the trappings  of ...

The problem with our local NHS

Max Waller, former Viewpoint Editor The  local council  is  failing to  provide  services to  the  local community  as  a result  of  staff shortages.  They  have closed  out  of hours’  services,  and are  pushing  patients towards  local  private alternatives  to  provide primary  care.  This isn’t  healthcare  free at  the  point of  need,  this is  health  care that  you  need, but  will  have to  pay  for be-cause  NHS  Fife is  failing  to provide  essential  services. The St  Andrews  Community Hospital,  built  with the  purpose  of centralising  St  Andrews’ health ...

Were Serena Williams’ actions in the US Open final justified?

Lewis Frain, Joel McInally YES  The scenes at the US Open final were not the nicest to watch; it  seems a  general  opinion has  been  formed which  says  Serena Williams  has  let people down and is  a  disgrace to  tennis and even to  America. Firstly, I should make it clear that  a  competitor verbally  berating  an official  is  not something  I  want to  see  happening at  any  time. However, this is part  and  parcel of  elite  sport and  with Serena Williams we are talking  of...