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Where have all the good pubs gone?

We St Andreans are experiencing a grave time in our history. Another great pillar of our community - the illustrious Blue Stane - is closing for “refurbishment.” Of course, it’s folly to believe that this is what’s actually happening: it’s being gutted, transformed, overhauled. It’s undergoing a metamorphosis, a mutation that will see it change beyond all recognition. Where...

Mental Health and Dating Apps: The Low Down

In cities like Chicago, Boston, London, Vienna, or Bratislava most recently, I re-download Grindr. I haven’t used Grindr in St Andrews since my first year here, though. I found that it wasn’t as easy to hide in the home screen full of torsos and blank, black squares. My anxiety over awkwardness that would follow a hookup, a conversation, or...

The Environment – We are all Hypocrites

The world is in dire need of change. Climate change over the past 150 years has resulted in global warming, increased health problems and natural disasters. We are no longer shielded from the horrifying consequences. We all know and want to “save the environment.” From sharing posts about detrimental effects of plastic to volunteering to clean the beaches, we...

Queer History Matters Now More Than Ever

Including the victories and struggles of queer people throughout history should be an important part of modern education, says Linus Erbach.

Devil’s advocate- Should everyone be Vegetarian?

YES- Milly Butters I can almost hear the eye rolling and exasperated sighing coming from meat-eaters before I even begin to defend vegetarianism or veganism. The old line: ‘How do you know someone is a vegetarian/vegan when you meet them? Because they’ve already told you’ is perhaps true. We plant-eaters tend to be very passionate about our preferences for greenery and...

Gratitude: It’s all about perspective

It seems we have a lot to worry and stress about these days- taking time to think and be grateful can really help

The Dangers of Lad Culture

The 90s. Butterfly hair clips and bucket hats were all the rage, Betty Spaghetty and Polly Pocket  were the ‘must have’ toys, and the Spice Girls’ songs boomed from radios up and down the country. The first episode of Friends was aired, the first website published, and the first Harry  Potter book  hit the  shelves. Yet  it was also...

MIND: Stressing over a Balanced Life

Jurin K. Flores explores the stress of successfully balancing many obligations.

Let’s ban Halloween: before it’s too late

One of my earliest memories of Halloween is noticing my neighbour’s rather uncouth decorations, and it’s only now that I’ve realised that this probably formed the genesis of my adult attitude towards the “holiday”. He had no pumpkins, no skeletons, no little tubs of sweets and chocolate. He hadn’t decorated his garden, or made any particular effort to make...

Meeting Different People at University

In this sense, fake friends are a blessing in disguise. Yes, they may hurt you, but they also shine a light on true friendship and how wonderful it can be.