Read the fourth online issue of The Saint. In light of the recent work from home orders and increasing COVID cases, for the short term, we will be collating our typical print releases in an online optimised form.
The council received £2.4 million in support of temporary action, meant to protect the health of pedestrians and cyclists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Barriers were erected to effectively widen the pavements and give pedestrians more room to walk past each other at a safe distance. After criticism from local businesses, the barriers were taken down and and Fife communities will now be consulted in further actions to promote social distancing measures.
Over 20 stallholders were set up for the first reopening of St Andrews Fife Farmers’ Market since its closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing measures have meant that the market has been temporarily relocated to Argyle Street Car Park.
A new student accommodation will be built on North Haugh site by The University of St Andrews. This will be the fifteenth hall of residence in the town and will house approximately 150 more students. The budget for this new accommodation plan is approximately £100 million.
The Report + Support initiative was launched on Friday 6 November by the University and the Students’ Association. This new web-based platform aims to help Students at the University of St Andrews stand up to bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination. It does not replace current reporting channels but provides an additional route for reporting.
In a routine check, the University has detected legionella bacteria in parts of the water system of St Salvator’s Hall and Gannochy. Student residents were notified and asked to not use the water and to vacate the residences for 8 hours on Sunday and Monday so that the bacteria could be flushed out of the system. The work in Gannochy has now been completed.
“As much as I look forward to the next time I can scream along to Mr Brightside on the packed floor of the 601, I have also learned to love many aspects of a socially restricted life”. Sophia Brousset discusses social life at university amidst the pandemic and shares the silver linings that she has discovered.
“With all your efforts and hard work, Polish women will never walk alone”. Ariadne Marek, Cultural Representative for the Polish Society at the University of St Andrews, discusses the recent change to Poland’s abortion laws and what we can do to stand in solidarity with those it effects.
“In the immortal words of the venerable Robert Frost: take the road less travelled by – it might make all the difference”. Deputy Viewpoint Editor, Kate Lau, makes her case for why we must sometimes indulge ourselves in frivilous aestheticism over practical concerns.
In light of what has been dubbed “the lockdown to save Christmas”, Deputy Viewpoint Editor, Rebecca Holmes, reflects on the impact of the pandemic on religion.
“Abandon these labels in political debate and we can see genuine discussion taking place”. Deputy Viewpoint Editor, Cara Shephard, discusses why she believes we should ditch party political affiliation at university.
“Your health should not be a financial consideration, it should be something you are entitled to”. In light of the recent developments in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine, Jessica Burt, discusses the potential hidden costs of international immunity.
Features Deputy Editor, Alexandra Baff, looks at some of the University’s most famous and important alumni over the years. She looks at a range of alumni, including some who have gone on to make discoveries in mathematics and physics, and others who volunteered to nurse wounded soldiers during World War One. All of these past students have had an impact on the world and some are still impacting it today despite having studied at the University centuries ago.
Features Deputy Editor, Anna Dorling, looks at the science behind animal personalities. She explores different schools of thought on different species, including dogs, orangutans, zebrafish, crabs, spiders and wolves.
The Trump presidency was often as outlandish as any Hollywood fiction – so why haven’t the movies responded in kind? Arts & Culture Editor Milo Farragher-Hanks ponders why the cinematic response to the 45th President was so tepid.
The old cliche about genius and madness going hand in hand was truer for American singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston than for most. Arts & Culture Deputy Editor Marcus Judd reflects on the remarkable legacy of this singular artist.
The horror genre’s treatment of female directors and characters has long been a fraught topic. Arts & Culture Deputy Editor Paola Córdova Zelinski reflects on the problematic tropes that have long dominated the genre, and the female filmmakers pushing against them.