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I < / 3 Newspeak

Dictionaries, by their own definition, are the touchstones of our vocabulary, allowing us to source any word at the flick of a page. They are densely packed with etymologies, translations, pronunciations, providing endless possibilities for those seeking an intellectual edge to their conversation. More importantly, they reveal the journey of our vernacular, from then to now. However, the dictionary...
The previous edition of the Saint featured an insightful piece by Nick Cassella entitled Elitism versus common, in which he exposed the hypocrisy evidenced by politicians who strategically distance themselves from politics, with his particular case study being the upcoming GOP presidential primaries. I believe however, that Mr. Cassella has misjudged the details of this particular political contest, and that...
As I was waiting to board the plane which would take me on an expectedly uncomfortable journey between Boston and Dublin this month, I found myself surrounded by three different young couples. Each pair was pleading, cajoling, or wrestling with a child between the ages of infant to four years as the babies in question wailed and cried and made...

Look beyond retro

When the bells chimed in 2011 this January and critics looked back on the decade that had been the noughties, one of the defining characteristics they picked up on was the trend towards vintage and retro. Stylistically, fashion and design borrowed from the 50s and 60s, while artists like Amy Winehouse incorporated their sounds into her music and image. Old-fashioned...
The University of St Andrews last week joined the ever-growing list of universities who have decided to charge the maximum amount of fees to students as allowed by law. The backlash has been both vocal and predictable. The headlines are awash with tales of indignation from various sectors in society that are opposing the rise in tuition fees to...
If you’ve ever wondered why the Commons is too small for everyone to sit down, the answer is that Winston Churchill, when debating the rebuilding of the chamber in 1943, pronounced; “We wish to see our Parliament a strong, easy, flexible instrument of free debate. For this purpose a small Chamber and a sense of intimacy are indispensable.” The change...

Elite versus common

It really bugs me when British people use the expression that people are ‘common.’ ‘That’s so common.’ ‘They’re commoners.’ They’ve explained it as no worse than an American calling someone a redneck or a skinhead. Fair enough, these are derogatory statements - there is no denying that. And it would be completely hypocritical for me to think that I...
What is Viewpoint? What does it do, why do we have it? In its simplest, most condensed form, Viewpoint exists to express student views. It is the printed respect of independent perspective. As elected editor, I work with my sub-editor, Nick Cassella, and web editor, Kate Andrews, to produce a section of The Saint that protects and preserves the value...

An empty room and a Bible

Planes, trains, and automobiles have carted a new batch of St Andrews students away from the comfort and security of home and off to the madness that is higher education. They come alone, they come in groups, they come with family eager and hungry for adventure, or timid and afraid to let go, but relentlessly they all come. Getting your...

In-genuine power

This writer remembers the time when he was a Fresher during this magical period known to many as Fresher’s Week. It was a carefree time without work, a time when people were free to get completely paralytic, meet new people, or both. No deadlines to meet, and no social cliques to conform to: Freshers were willing to mingle and...