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The state of our Union

The fuss of this year’s Students Association Election cycle has concluded in its customary fashion. Here at St Andrews we value tradition; however, an abysmal voter turnout should not be our new Red Gown. This year, only twenty-eight per cent of the student body voted; part of a prolonged decline which will nicely situate us amongst the sub twenty...

St Andrews Reviewed

In this new series I hope to review aspects of the St Andrews centric universe on a five-star scale. I resolutely promise that the hackneyed PH will never feature, neither my favourite alleyways nor coffee shops, that’s not what I want to achieve. Go on naysayers, cry out: “but how do you intend to compare the highbrow high-ceilinged history...

Devil’s Advocate: Are Consumers Responsible for the Conduct of the Press?

Yes - Matt Leighton - 38% As I write this article, I know for sure what readers will be thinking. ‘I’m not responsible for phone hacking, intrusive paparazzi or fake news’. As a student of a liberal, bougie university in the middle of nowhere, that’s probably true. When I walk into Tesco at 9 pm in search of the last...

Female Voices in the Climate Strike Movement

Public concern for the environment has reached a record high. The European Union has seen a 40% increase in Green members of parliament. Clothing brands that were once the prototype of fast fashion are now greenwashing their clothes, branding them as an eco-conscious option. Every time I go to a café to get a snack, I can trust they...

Adventures in Toryland: St Andrews and Stereotypes

Despite subscribing to the feminist calling card never a Tory , this year I decided it would be acceptable, big of me even, to at least befriend one. I never set out with this intention. In fact, when I first befriended him – he has requested not to be named because, and I quote, “I don’t want to...

Was Lasagne Discovered or Invented?

Was lasagne discovered or invented? No, this isn’t a cry for help. What keeps you up at night, dear reader? The prospect of a second term for the current occupant of the White House? Existential dread? A lifetime of regret? Whatever it is, knowing that you’re a reader of The Saint, you should probably get help for it. What keeps...

Hot off the Pret – the Aestheticzation of Poverty

Accommodation in St Andrews: Is it like defecating in your hands and clapping, or garden-variety university fodder? If you’ve read a single article in The Saint recently, you’d be well primed to believe it’s the former. According to a slew of recent emails from our glorious leader Jamie Rodney, an uncounted number of Facebook posts from our glorious leader...

How to make the most of the strikes

Though nearly half-way through the semester, we have re-encountered what appears to be an undeniably persistent stumbling block in our education: UCU Strikes. To some, the strikes are precisely that: an impediment preventing from their education. Others take a different line, hearkening an attitude of utter disregard for their lecturers’ circumstances. These students follow the transactional model: I pay for...

Hot off the Pret: The Fad of Faux Veganism

Take one part privately educated Londoner, one part Mean Girls , one part confused-and-horrified local, and Pret ’s lunchtime queue may begin to form in your mind’s eye. As a socially conscious eco-warrior who only eats prosciutto after sex and is vegan six-and-a-half days of my eight-day week, Pret ™ is my most treasured St Andrews eatery. And I...

Striking Out: Why I Don’t Support Round Two

Karl Marx once said that “revolution” – the overthrowing of the current system, the rebellious actions of the employee against the employer – “is the locomotive of history”. Although it pains me to admit it, I must confess that upon hearing the news that there would be another round of UCU strikes held this semester, I was not invigorated...