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The Logical Invalidity of a Tuition Hike

Is it still possible to mention the words “tuition” and “fees” without sounding like a broken record? Probably not, but at least The Saint is allowing me to shake things up a little and play the B-side for once. On the whole, despite being very content to suckle from the same ideological teat as the rest of my cosseted, middle-class, liberal...

Society’s Greed

What started four weeks ago as a march against corporate greed, bankers’ bonuses and social inequality has this weekend become a protest of global proportions.  In over 900 cities, ordinary people have taken to the streets to vent their anger at the social and economic injustices brought about by the supposed reckless and irresponsible behaviour of the world’s financiers.  Although...

Your Sexuality is Public Property

I don’t know about you, but when my flatmates and I find ourselves feeling hungover and slothful after a Boozday Tuesday, one of our favourite past-times is swapping the many hilarious or inappropriate delights that YouTube has to offer. Sad, I know. Yet this week, a seemingly innocuous video left me a little bit disgusted. This video was a clip...

Grammatical Error

66% of ministers from the coalition government were educated privately in a county where 93% of people do not have this privilege. Why is it that people from a state school background, a background that is typical of the average British person, are finding it increasingly hard to prosper in the political realm? With education being at the helm...

My Rector

At last week’s SRC meeting I volunteered to give up a week of paid holiday for this week so that I could endorse and campaign for a rectorial candidate. It’s been a long time since I’ve looked at someone in, or running for, a position of power and thought: “they genuinely inspire me”. But that is exactly what I’m...

The Fourth Estate

In no particular order, here is a comprehensive list of everything I’ve hated this past week: 1. Flash mobs, the idea of a flash mob, and the kind of people who find this sort of thing “fun”- the whole concept of organising happiness infuriates me. Flash mobbing makes everyone around you feel uncomfortable and awkward for your embarrassing display of...

Web Exclusive: The ‘Badness’ of Bad Language

One of my favourite films of all time is The Big Lebowski. There’s one scene which I feel sums up a lot of my social interactions: the film’s narrator, a mysterious cowboy known as The Stranger, is having a discussion at a bar with our laid-back protagonist, The Dude. The Stranger asks, “do you have to use so many...

Controversial Conservative: Lord Forsyth’s political past

The announcement of candidates for this years Rectorial election contains the usual mix of famous and influential names from the worlds of politics, sport, entertainment and business. As is typical of St Andrews elections, banners are flying, posters printed and hustings loom, with a fierce, fun but short campaign well under way. Lord Michael Forsyth, Baron of Drumlean, a...

The Fourth Estate

Can journalists contradict themselves, and still provide insight? Or should they always choose a side, and remain consistent with that choice for the length of their careers? In my opinion, these  questions form the core ethical controversy of the media today, whether in print or television. Anyone who has ever had the fortunate opportunity to experience Sean Hannity on America's...

A Constitutional Mandate

Every generation lives within its own historical matrix. It has its own demographics, its own economic system, military complexes, global affairs, and religious assumptions. Every generation is uniquely enclosed within their context. We, like every other generation before us and every one to follow, cannot escape our self-imposed reality. I believe the current shortcomings of the U.S. Congress have a...