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Freshers in a Pandemic

29 September 2020

Freshers is one of the most hotly anticipated events of first year, the big thing to look forward to after the end of compulsory education. Obviously this year it looked quite different, and my experience as a fresher has been coloured with the shade of a pandemic hanging over our heads. Although the news gives a grim cast to […]

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Artist of the Month: Vermeer

25 September 2020

I’ve only been at St Andrews for a short while and September is already almost over. I feel a certain Scottish chill settle permanently into my bones that can only be attributed to me living in the coldest room of the building. The radiators being on full blast has not seemed to make much of a difference. Nevertheless, as […]

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Tributes to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

24 September 2020

Following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice and liberal feminist icon, there has been an outpouring of tributes to her legacy. The Record has received two such obituaries, which we are pleased to present below: Notorious RBG – Maddie McCall I remember sitting in the second row of my government class about […]

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Becoming An Undergraduate At 27

22 September 2020

After I left school in 2010 and didn’t head off to university like most of my peers, I was always under the impression that I’d missed my chance at going on to study for a degree at university. I didn’t succeed as much as I’d like at high school. My grades weren’t bad, but they […]

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Why We Should All Read Poetry

19 September 2020

I have always found poetry an unwelcoming art. It felt elitist and inaccessible, with no place in the life of an ordinary twenty-first century teen outside of an English classroom. I was reading Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider (for the Women in Work book club, please join in!), a collection of writing by the self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, […]

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The Breaking Down of Gender Norms in Disney Films

17 September 2020

Over the past ten years Disney has begun to integrate more progressive views into their films and thus are creating more forward-looking mindsets in younger generations. Disney has especially done this by breaking down outdated gender roles and storylines in a variety of different ways. This most notably started with ​Princess and the Frog ​in […]

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St Andrews In The News

15 September 2020

The summer before I came to St Andrews, our little town was in my newsfeed constantly. Not because anything exciting had actually happened, but because I was compulsively researching it. It made me feel a connection with a place I’d only been to once before, and the more I learned, the less nervous I felt […]

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How Your White Tee Upholds White Supremacy

8 September 2020

If fashion is a representative of who we are, what does wearing the product of exploitation say about us? The BlackLivesMatter movement that followed the murder of George Floyd was hailed as the biggest in history. Useful infographics and petitions, and less useful black squares, flooded social media feeds. Despite the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of people took […]

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Hamilton’s True Villain Is Alexander Hamilton Himself

7 September 2020

I want to give you a word of warning, this article contains spoilers for the musical Hamilton.   Like millions of others during lockdown, I joined in the Disney+ fanfare and watched the musical Hamilton for the first time using their platform. I can’t pinpoint when I became obsessed but, long story short, my entire […]

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The 93% Club – Inclusive or Divisive?

6 September 2020

Whether you’re an incoming or current student at St Andrews, the elitist culture at the University is well-known. The stereotypical image of St Andrews students presents golf-playing, champagne-drinking Oxford rejects at their ‘royally’ expensive balls. The St Andrews experience is famous for its emphasis on tradition, but also its extremely hard-working student body; in which only 60.2% […]

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