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Taking a Step Back from St Andrews

While relaxing in my comfortable Whitehorn bed, I sometimes indulge in some PUBG. For the unlucky few who’ve never experienced the sheer glory of mobile games, this is a fun battle royale multiplayer with various maps and modes. The game’s fun is further amplified by an increasingly popular trend within the mobile game industry: global servers, which give you...

Why is Everyone Complaining?

Although turnout was historically low, and most students probably found it all a bit of a nuisance, I must admit that I found the recent student elections very entertaining. Whether it was the legions of campaigners forcing biscuits upon anyone daring to go within half a mile of the library, or the cacophony of incessant Facebook notifications ringing from...

Devil’s Advocate – Should Scottish Students Pay Tuition Fees?

Yes - Joe Waters I am English. I pay £9,250 a year for my tuition, and I come from a disadvantaged background. The thing is, though, I love tuition fees. The reason I believe it would be beneficial for Scots to pay is the same reason that I’m entirely happy paying fees myself. Simply put, tuition fees, although not perfect,...

We Should Deny Killers the Notoriety They Seek

“He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless.” These were the words of New Zealand’s PM, Jacinda Ardern, in a powerful address to Parliament in the wake of the Christchurch attack. The reason behind her decision to keep the perpetrator unnamed seems largely to avoid giving him the...

Stop Complaining That You’re too Busy!

Venting about how “busy” we are has become the easy go-to topic when making small talk with our friends. Walk through the library and you can hear the familiar exclamation of “Urgh, I don’t have the time right now, I’m too busy with x deadlines and y work!” I myself am definitely a hypocrite. I always whine to my...

Beware the dangers of our new “influencer culture”

In a tweet from January 2019, Kris Jenner announced that her daughter Kendall Jenner was about to reveal something very "raw" and that we should all "prepare to be moved." As the days unfolded and the Twitter hype bubbled, it was to widespread disappointment that this supposedly profound and personal story that Kendall would be so gracious so as...

St Andrews Needs a Wetherspoons

The main argument I often see against an introduction of Spoons (the pub chain, not the utensil) is that it would suck the life and custom from other pubs in the town, therefore ruining the presence of top-quality, rustic “locals”, i.e. pubs that are generally independent as well as being run and patronised by the local population. However, as Archie...

University, Social Media, and Mental Health

Social media. I can’t think of anything else in my life that I absolutely hate yet engage with every single day. Upon reflection, it seems ridiculously destructive that I use and contribute to something I so strongly believe to be one of the primary causes of unhappiness in the modern world. Yet, at university, it’s a requirement to use...

Is ‘Fake News’ Really a New Phenomenon?

“Oh for Tony Blair…” as I’ve heard people saying recently. I’ve even caught myself thinking it once or twice as the melodramatic mini-series of Brexit morphs into a late-night absurdist comedy marathon. When Blair breaks his silence and offers comment or advice to current politicians, his charisma excites us with memories of his first six years in office when he...

The Great Wizard: Embrace the Useless!

I would normally consider myself to be an eminently practical person. I’m the type of friend that you can rely upon to have a lip balm or tissue in their bag, the ‘Mum’ companion who reliably gives boring, logical advice that no one really wants to follow. The “have you eaten before you go out?” and “drink plenty of...