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New Charity Lands in St Andrews

It was seeing the high rates of homelessness around her that first led Oxford University student Lauren Blum in the direction of charity. “I wanted to find a way to help that could be built into the framework of Oxford University's structure and could have a wide-scale impact” she told me. Upon further inspection, she found that college balls,...

Frat Out For Charity

Everybody knows the iconic opening scene from Hugh Hudson’s 1981 “film for the ages”, Chariots of Fire. It goes something like this: bare feet pound cold North Sea surf in slow-motion as a spacey synth bass beats their strides. The camera pans out, focusing on individuals from a group of men all in classic running whites, some grimacing with...

Candidates announced for Senior Lay Member

In the next two days, students will have the opportunity to elevate a new Senior Lay Member to the University Court, a vital representative of student opinion on the university’s most powerful governing board. The elections, which will take place from November 28-29, will see Chancellor’s Assessor Adrian Greer and former Rector Catherine Stihler stand for election to the University...

Students stand with Hong Kong

Following the violence at universities in Hong Kong, student organisations and the Students' Association of the University of St Andrews have come together to formally condemn the actions of the Hong Kong Police Force and support students with connections to Hong Kong.  The Motion On Tuesday 19 November, the Association Councils passed "Motion to condemn Hong Kong police brutality and support...

St Andrews in the Red

For those of us who pay tuition to attend university, it’s easy to wonder what exactly our money goes to once we send off our fees at the start of term. Unless you’re an international student calculating the cost of your degree per hour of contact time and questioning the fundamental value of your education, you’re probably not often...

Need a Hygge?

At approximately 11:30am on a Monday I was stripping off my wet clothes in the entryway to our flat. The first thing off was my beloved waterproof shell, who had fought so valiantly against the sheets of rain, yet failed. Next came my trainers, squelching in protest at being chosen over other waterproof options, and then my jeans, soaked...

Run into the Ground

Professional runner Mary Cain has made international headlines this week by exposing the abuse that she endured from Nike and her former coach, Alberto Salazar. Cain was starved, experimented on, and verbally abused by the Nike Oregon Project, in order to reach an arbitrary weight, of 51.8 kilograms (114lbs), that Salazar made up. Mary was the World Junior Champion in...

St Andrews Through My Eyes

If you knew me, you’d be able to see through the mask I wear to hide myself. It’s a visually plain mask, white and boring but handmade -melting plastic and pouring it into varying types of moulds until I found the perfect shape. Throughout the years it took me to make my mask, I was often criticised for taking...

Friday Night Dinner

An alarming sight may have escaped the attention of the more intoxicated visitors to the Toastie Bar last Friday – an entirely sober student, sans red volunteer toastie top and with pad and pen in hand, munching on a toastie at half past one in the morning. Indeed, some did notice, sending slightly slurred questions my way — the...

Rebel For Life

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” But no, instead it was a bright cold day in October, and the clocks were striking twelve. Whilst I have cruelly misquoted 1984, the unease and fear evoked by those subtle lines captures that expressed by members of the St Andrews chapter of Extinction Rebellion...