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Sexual Violence – Let’s Talk About It

Kaitlin Shaw University; it’s supposed to be the time of your life, right? From opportunities like being able to live independently, meeting a multitude of new friends from all over the globe, or having the chance to attend lectures that inspire you to pursue your dream career, going to university is seen by many young people as a shining beacon...

Should you go #Scroll Free?

Sophie Sanders The  charity wristbands  and  nude calendars  of  the noughties  have  now been  superseded  by a  new  phenomenon: the  month-long  charitable campaign.  These  campaigns, seeking  to  raise funds  and  awareness for  public  health and  the  environment, fill  our  social media  feeds  — we  cannot  forget that  it  is  Stoptober,  Dressember or  Veganuary  and are  constantly  bombarded by  requests  from friends  to  sponsor their  charitable  endeavours. Social  media  is fundamental  for  charitable campaigns,  and  certainly brings  about  much good.  Now,  there is  a  new event  to  add to ...

Community and Courage; being gay in St Andrews

Linus Erbach discusses being gay at university.

Mind: My Journey to Mental Clarity

Anjuli Clough For most  of us,  university  is meant  to  be place  where  you find  your  career path,  friends  for  life,  and maybe  even  a potential  partner. Unbeknownst  to me,  it  became the  place  I found  my  mental illness. During secondary  school, I  realised  my brain  was  wired differently  –  I reacted  adversely  to situations  which  most would  shrug  off over  time.  However, just  as  my determination  to  be academically  successful  was peaking,  so  was  my mental illness.  I’d managed to  get by,  pushing  through my  A-Levels ...

In defence of exams

Quan Nguyen (a fellow philosophy PhD student) made a case for why exams in humanities should be "abolished and replaced by alternative assessments". Not only do I disagree with his strong conclusion but I think he glossed over some important objections to his arguments. Quan made two sorts of arguments: 1) Exams fail at their stated purpose and 2)...

The Trump-Kim summit – should we be impressed?

On Tuesday 12 June, President Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un met for an unprecedented summit in Singapore. With the eyes of the world watching, Trump and Kim sat down to discuss US-DPRK relations, peace for the Koreas, as well as the denuclearisation of the peninsula, implying Kim Jong-un’s commitment to complete nuclear disarmament. Unsurprisingly, the Trump administration was...

The Wonders of the Library

The wonders of the library

Should streamed films be banned from festivals?

Acclaimed  director  Steven  Spielberg  and  legendary  actress  Dame  Helen  Mirren  recently  came  out  against  Netflix-only  films  saying  they  were  dangerous  to  cinema.  This  comes  after  the  Cannes  Film  Festival  decided  to  reject  any  films  from  streaming  services.  Previously,  so  long  as  they  had  a  couple  of  screenings  these  films  could  qualify  for  Cannes,  but  the  new  rules  require  a ...

Remember: Drug use is a crime, and funds crime.

Max Waller, in an addendum to Kaitlin Shaw's article on drug abuse, points out that the use of drugs is a crime and facilitates crime.

The BBC was right to broadcast Enoch Powell’s speech

A piece about the importance of free speech, using the example of Enoch Powell's controversial anti-immigration speech.