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The Zero Tolerance policy is not fit for purpose

Does anybody even know what the University’s “Zero Tolerance Policy” towards harassment and bullying is? No, of course not; it’s buried deep within the labyrinthine Students’ Association website, right next to our constitution (which nobody’s read), a well-hidden disciplinary procedure (which not enough people have read), and standing orders so captivating that I can now recite the difference between...

Have we regressed as a society?

The recent attack on a St Andrews student by a purported group of school pupils got me thinking: where do we actually stand here in St Andrews, and what does this say about where we’re going? Is there a rift between those of us who have made this won - derful, windy spot by the sea our adopted home,...

Why is it so hard being popular?

“Big Al!” This familiar, and now greatly unwelcome, greeting rings out for the nth time since entering the Union. The people I came here with have long since gone to the bar after rolling their eyes when the queue formed so that everyone could meet their great hero. Unfortunately, I will have to stand here for most of the...

Got chlamydia?

I certainly hope you don’t. But it’s a few weeks shy of freshers and you’ve just got a text. Someone you slept with has an STD. Yikes. Time to see a doctor. If you don’t fancy waiting weeks for a GP appointment, then according to the University’s website, two clinics run every Friday between the hours of 9 am – 12:30 pm (for...

What St Andrews gets right

As everyone has seen in the e-mails from the Vice-Chancellor, The Saint articles, and various other spots throughout their news feed, St Andrews is doing very well these days for student satisfaction. As Deputy Viewpoint Editor, I undoubtedly will spend much time griping on about something I think the University is doing wrong or something it could improve upon...

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...