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Look to the Sky if you want to save the ocean

Everybody is talking about climate change. That’s hardly a unique observation – it’s everywhere. Whether it's on social media, in advertisements, in regular print editions of The Saint, or scaling Big Ben whilst dressed as Boris Johnson … we can’t escape it, and rightly so. But despite the fact that fighting the climate crisis on an individual level is...

Students should stand against morally reprehensible Big Tech

The authors of this article are current students at the University of St Andrews. The opinions expressed in Viewpoint are not that of The Saint, but are the author's own opinions. On 16 October, Amazon and Palantir will be exhibiting at the Science and Technology Careers Fair. We must not to stand in line or work for Amazon and Palantir until...

We should put our problems into perspective

Picture the scene: it’s Friday night, 80s night, you’ve gelled your hair for the first time since you were seven years old, you’ve put turn ups on your jeans and wearing the most brash Bermuda shirt you have in your wardrobe. By any and all accounts, you look an absolute prat, but by your account,you’re ready to jam to...

Let us all ditch the garbage verbiage

Want to hear something scary? How about something disconcerting? Or something so nightmarishly unholy it will unleash upon you a torrent of antipathetic trepidation? Well, you just read it. The above is not harnessing the English language — it is harassing it. In the hundred thousand or so years since we first began wagging our chins — and the 5000 or...

Devil’s Advocate: Should we obsess over celebrities?

Yes - Annabel Steele - 11% of Votes I’ve heard mixed comments regarding the hundreds of students who recently flocked to the Old Course in the hope of seeing huge figures such as Justin Timberlake or Bill Murray squeeze their global reputations into little St Andrews. Now, you can always have too much of a good thing. I’m not going to...

Fight to raise your flag

I was very disappointed to hear that students in Andrew Melville Hall had flags in their own, private rooms taken down because they were considered too ‘offensive’. Now, a situation like this nearly always emerges as the result of a misunderstanding (and, lo and behold, this one did) but I was still nevertheless disheartened by the news: this story...

Climate action should not be partisan

For far too long, American conservatives have resisted acknowledging that climate change is real, let alone create substantive policy to counter it. It is tempting to immediately portray the entire Republican Party as the corrupt stooges of Big Oil — and while this is certainly the case for many politicians, I believe it is worth considering the factors that...

Private schools should be abolished

Finally, something other than Brexit has been deemed newsworthy. Labour has made the headlines. And no, this time it’s not for an anti-Semitism scandal; this time it’s for voting, at their recent party conference, to integrate private schools into the state sector. The integration process would see the assets of private schools “redistributed” into the ownership of the public -...

Anger does have a place in our politics

In recent years, a shallow kind of Stoicism has come into vogue. It quotes Marcus Aurelius: “Choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed.” Then they’ll tell you that “if you have the right state of mind, you’ll be able to brush away slights that otherwise would have made you angry!” The problem with this mentality (other than...

The definitive guide to St Andrews pubs

“Pub?” “Sure, Which one?” During your time in St Andrews this conversation will be had hundreds, maybe even thousands of times before you leave and it’s a debate that can last your whole four years in the bubble. For a small town the options for getting subtly drunk throughout the day are plentiful. Here is a handy guide for the inexperienced drinker...