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Why Dervish must be destroyed

I remember my first day in St Andrews with immense fondness. I was nervous to find out who shared my corridor. I was keen to see who shared my diverse interests of quizzes and crap TV. Most of all, I longed to drink alcoholic beverages and sample the new sweet delights of the famed Scottish chippy. Luckily, Agnes Blackadder Hall...

Is the University Catering as sustainable as it claims to be?

There is no argument that we have seen the life-threatening impacts of climate change over the past few years. Food loss and waste in particular is an understated contributor to climate change. Understandably, most believe that since food waste degrades much fast- er than plastics, throwing away a plate of leftovers is really not that harmful to the environment. Unfortunately,...

Where’s our reality TV star?

To my own surprise, I must admit, the world has somehow survived almost an entire term of Trump in office (unless you’re reading this article in the midst of nuclear Armageddon). However, as we approach 2020— an election that Kanye West threw his hat into — I am growing less and less confident that a Democrat can win, and the...

Devil’s Advocate: Is Extinction Rebellion helpful for our society?

Yes - Jack Campbell Yes - Jack Campbell In our increasingly polarised world, there is one issue which can seemingly unite us all — or, at least, those of us with regard for scientific fact and the not-so-trivial matter of the continuation of our species: climate change. With just about everyone who is anyone backing the cause, climate activism is very...

Upfront sport costs are unaffordable

I don’t have the best memory, but one thing I do remember from the cacophony that was last year’s student elections, at the hall hustings, was each AU President candidate falling over each other to say that they wanted to make sport more inclusive. Each, in turn, would rail against things such as dodgy initiations, cliquey committees and the...

The highs and lows of being a foreign au-pair

As a Spanish student in St Andrews, I felt I had three options at the end of my second year: take a year out of my studies to do a work placement in Spain, study abroad for a semester in Spain, or figure out another way to improve my Spanish so I wasn’t the worst speaker in the class...

Churchill Gowns: Robin Hood, or Robbing Us?

The University of St Andrews is known for many things: an idyllic coastal campus, its historic reputation as a world leader in education — and,are you aware that a prince studied here? But perhaps one of the University’s most distinguishing features is its iconic red gown that adorns the backs of its undergraduates: the red gown that makes St Andrews...

Heroes: The three figures which changed politics in our age

Galileo Galilei famously said “sad is a world that is in need of heroes” and for a long time it was clear that, at least in the political world, people like me needed a hero. For a long time, I felt underrepresented in political office and my hopes of making it on the big stage were slim.  Then, starting...

BAME right-wingers are not “race traitors”—shame on those who say they are

I’m sure I was not alone in being rather surprised at the number of BAME officials in Boris Johnson’s new cabinet. Three of the four Great Offices of State are now filled by minority ethnic officials, with Sajid Javid—the son of Pakistani immigrants—as chancellor, Dominic Raab (who is partially of Jewish heritage) as foreign secretary, and Priti Patel (who...

LGBT history should pity, as well as condemn, police officers for their past behaviour

Disclaimer: This article contains an example of homophobic propaganda. Reader discretion is advised. I’m writing this article on August 4th. For those of you who don’t know, that means it’s Pride Weekend in Leeds. As one of the biggest Pride events in the UK, it’s a good time for the LGBT community to celebrate the overcoming of the challenges, abuse...