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Correspondence: Two perspectives on Christianity in St Andrews

Most students are familiar with the toastie bar. A charity that is both simple and brilliant. You’re drunk, you spend almost nothing, you get a delicious toastie, and you support a charity. I myself have been to, as well as worked at, the toastie bar. My most interesting experience there however, was one night when I was working there. A...

Lady Gaga vs The Pope

In one corner we have the music industry, represented by one of the world’s most influential pop stars, Lady Gaga. In the other corner we have 84 year-old Pope Benedict XVI, on behalf of religion. While this may seem like an interesting wrestling match (I think the Pope could do pretty well for an old man) the two sides have...

The Shibboleth: A Royal retrospective

And so, with a plethora of funny looking hats and a ring that was too small, this engagement has finally ended. Years from now we will all be able to look back and say we were there, we saw it all unfold, looking at it from the place where it first began. For all of us as individuals we’ll have...

Devil’s advocate: Has the Students’ Association failed us?

Yes The Students’ Association has failed us. It’s interesting that it’s called the Students’ Association. Might that be because we are ourselves that institution? Constantly and consistently our ideas are asked for and implemented well. A lot of events get put on that I don’t attend because I think they are lame, or I wouldn’t enjoy them...

Devil’s Advocate: should single sex clubs be a thing of the past?

Yes The name you see printed is dubious insofar as the sex is not revealed directly. Am I a Charles or a Charlotte? Does it matter what gender I am? Well, it shouldn’t. I believe everyone should be taken seriously and be respected for their beliefs and opinions. Gender shouldn’t be an obstacle. Single-sex clubs need to be abolished so that...

Please cheat

I was hot on the St Andrews dinner party circuit the other night when a close friend of mine, one Reginald Sirius Brackwell II, brought my attention to a particularly interesting BBC News video titled “St Andrews Matchmaking Record.” Perhaps you’ve seen it. The video, which utilizes both a level of cinematography and script of the utmost professionalism, follows students...

The Shibboleth: A Mermaids tale

Mermaids, the student theatre funding society, has found itself in the middle of some off-stage drama, just in time for the lead up to On The Rocks. The Saint recently received an article written by a disgruntled former member of the Mermaids committee containing several allegations regarding their funding practices and conduct of the committee. These are severe allegations against...

Reactionary Discourse: Why the Fukushima Crisis Shouldn’t Affect Nuclear Development

As the nuclear crisis in Fukushima winds down and the stricken reactors come under control, questions have begun to emerge about the overall safety about the nuclear industry. Public opinion in the west has been drifting away from nuclear power as a viable energy source ever since the near-disaster at Three Mile Island. This latest accident only reinforces such skepticism....

The Disney Disease

The Disney Channel is polluting our children’s minds. All right, most of us are probably too young to have children of our own. But we have younger siblings, so let’s worry about Disney’s influence on them. ‘Popularity’. This is a term we are all very familiar with. It is a term that, in my opinion, stinks. Popularity in the real world...

The Shibboleth: On the elections

It’s election season again in St Andrews. The Student Association elections at this university can be counted up there with other university-wide traditions of collective temporary loss of sanity, along with Raisin Monday and May Dip. This is not an election; this is madness. Think differently? You try getting to the library on voting day; it’s worse than running a gauntlet....