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Two minutes to midnight

Walking the quiet residential and commercial streets of this quaint little Scottish town you might not realise that we are currently living in one of the most dangerous moments in decades. There is no invading army, no deadly pathogen, no asteroid hurtling towards us; instead there is only the grim mathematical probability of a nuclear war between the United...

I miss Albany Park

In an era when the cost of education is higher than it has ever been, and around this time of year when the most hot-button topic on the streets of St Andrews is finding accommodation for the next academic year, it’s important to address a big problem St Andrews not only has, but is seemingly worsening. The price of...

Why is it so hard being right-wing?

What do you think of when someone says St Andrews? Do you think of the picturesque beaches, the beautiful medieval buildings, or the high-quality education afforded to students by our ancient university? No, of course you don’t: You think of posh, rich people. Most students in their time here will inevitably come across some form of nobility, whether it...

Devil’s Advocate – once an artist’s name is tarnished by wrongdoing, can we still enjoy their work?

Yes - Annabel Steele Picture this: A talented heart surgeon, having used his scientific knowledge and skills to save thousands of lives, is suddenly found guilty of a terrible crime. Would it make sense to reject and isolate each of each of his former patients, in order to ensure the discontinuing of a bad man’s legacy? No, that would be...

Reflecting On The Crimes Of A Former Teacher

In December of 2018, my phone buzzed. A text message from my high school friend - “he got arrested”. Instantly, I rushed to his Facebook page and scrolled through varying posts of support and outrage. I endlessly clicked through many articles and read all the comments to piece together the truth. A former Academic Director at my high school was...

St Andrews Student Housing: Ridiculous, Expensive, and Unfair

There are many things that make St Andrews a unique place to go to university, and the student ambassadors on my open day wasted no time in shoving them all down my throat: Pubs! Beaches! Traditions! Cathedral! Golf! You know, the typical spiel that most student tour guides are probably forced to regurgitate. They needn’t have gone through such...

A Local Resident’s Perspective on St Andrews Housing

I offered to write this piece, not because I expect to convert readers of The Saint to the residents’ point of view but in the hope that it might contribute to an understanding of where we residents are coming from. And I want to emphasise that we are neither anti-University nor anti-student - I know of no resident who...

Viral Content: The Internet’s Circulatory System

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Viral internet culture is, for the most part, frustrating. At times, though, I must admit I am grateful for anything from political revelations to “world star” moments. A personal favourite of mine was an article that Buzzfeed ran on a senior in high school from a town about two hours from my own who took his senior pictures in...

We Must Regulate Speech In Order To Keep It Free

In August of last year major platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify permanently removed the alt- right accounts of Alex Jones (no, not that Alex Jones of One Show fame – this is the Alex Jones of Infowars infamy – think tinfoil hats and a disconcerting level of concern for the sexuality of frogs). But amongst these social...

Your Tuition Fees Shouldn’t Buy My Dinners: The Union Debating Society Needs To Change

Consider the following. A king prawn and mango salad. Scallops served with foie gras. Two twelve-ounce fillet steaks, three bottles of wine, two shots of baileys and four chocolate-orange cheesecakes. A boozy meal for two at a Kate Kennedy get-together, you may surmise? But no, this smorgasbord of decadent delicacies, costing in excess of one hundred and twenty pounds,...