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Devil’s advocate: Has the Students’ Association failed us?

Yes The Students’ Association has failed us. It’s interesting that it’s called the Students’ Association. Might that be because we are ourselves that institution? Constantly and consistently our ideas are asked for and implemented well. A lot of events get put on that I don’t attend because I think they are lame, or I wouldn’t enjoy them...

Devil’s Advocate: should single sex clubs be a thing of the past?

Yes The name you see printed is dubious insofar as the sex is not revealed directly. Am I a Charles or a Charlotte? Does it matter what gender I am? Well, it shouldn’t. I believe everyone should be taken seriously and be respected for their beliefs and opinions. Gender shouldn’t be an obstacle. Single-sex clubs need to be abolished so that...

Please cheat

I was hot on the St Andrews dinner party circuit the other night when a close friend of mine, one Reginald Sirius Brackwell II, brought my attention to a particularly interesting BBC News video titled “St Andrews Matchmaking Record.” Perhaps you’ve seen it. The video, which utilizes both a level of cinematography and script of the utmost professionalism, follows students...

The Shibboleth: A Mermaids tale

Mermaids, the student theatre funding society, has found itself in the middle of some off-stage drama, just in time for the lead up to On The Rocks. The Saint recently received an article written by a disgruntled former member of the Mermaids committee containing several allegations regarding their funding practices and conduct of the committee. These are severe allegations against...

Reactionary Discourse: Why the Fukushima Crisis Shouldn’t Affect Nuclear Development

As the nuclear crisis in Fukushima winds down and the stricken reactors come under control, questions have begun to emerge about the overall safety about the nuclear industry. Public opinion in the west has been drifting away from nuclear power as a viable energy source ever since the near-disaster at Three Mile Island. This latest accident only reinforces such skepticism....

The Disney Disease

The Disney Channel is polluting our children’s minds. All right, most of us are probably too young to have children of our own. But we have younger siblings, so let’s worry about Disney’s influence on them. ‘Popularity’. This is a term we are all very familiar with. It is a term that, in my opinion, stinks. Popularity in the real world...

The Shibboleth: On the elections

It’s election season again in St Andrews. The Student Association elections at this university can be counted up there with other university-wide traditions of collective temporary loss of sanity, along with Raisin Monday and May Dip. This is not an election; this is madness. Think differently? You try getting to the library on voting day; it’s worse than running a gauntlet....

Your drug of choice

Karl Marx was wrong. It’s not religion, but technology, that is the true opium of the people. Increasingly, a range of iPods, iPads, iPhones and conventional computers are enslaving humanity. We have become obsessed by small packages of plastic, metal and silicon and, like any addict, are gradually losing touch with reality. Thanks to the ingenuity of Apple, Microsoft and...

Devil’s Advocate: Should Britain adopt the alternative vote?

Yes With the alternative vote (AV) referendum due to be held in May, the British public will be given the chance to make a progressive change in the way members are elected to the House of Commons. The AV is already used in the local elections in Scotland and in the London mayoral elections. First-past-the-post (FPTP) is a broken system that...

Socks: the cornerstone of class

How a man presents himself shows the concern that man has with his society. The bedrock of this societal concern, of course, is clothing. If we continue this set pattern of proportional reduction, the logical conclusion is that the final and most basic element in a man’s regard for society comes right down to the socks. Consider this scenario:...