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Lifestyle: the way in which a person lives. In the context of journalism, Lifestyle pinpoints the aspects of “living” that every individual uses to remain, well, individual. Lifestyle is what keeps us running – the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the places we see, and the relationships we create. Here at The Tribe, the Lifestyle section breaks down into five categories: food, fashion, travel, events, and love, sex and relationships; bringing you articles that allow you to experience a lifestyle separate from your own, and live vicariously through the experiences of others. This is a section that urges you to explore – be it trying a new recipe, visiting a new place, or downloading a dating app. We are not telling you how to live your life but we sure do want to help make it interesting.As the Lifestyle Editor, my job is to curate the articles that go into the Lifestyle section. At this point, an introduction may be necessary. My name is Rachel Abreu, I am 20 years old, and I divide my time between Manila and St Andrews. I am someone who eats more meals than are required in a day, cares too much about what I wear, and jumps at the opportunity to see new things and visit new places – so now you see why the Lifestyle section is so fitting. But this year, I want the Lifestyle section to be more than just event reviews and your grandmother’s macaroni and cheese recipe. I want the Lifestyle section to really be a place to showcase the stories worth reading.This year, the Lifestyle section aims to be a lot less detached and much more involved with the individuals in the student body. Because one’s lifestyle is so tailored to their personality, it is only fitting that our articles become less general. If you are someone who has something interesting to offer by way of food, travel or fashion, then we either want you to write for us, or write about you. For those who dress to impress, we are looking to single you out, sit down with you and pick apart your closets for a weekly “Spotlight On…” column. For those who want their 15 minutes of fame, the Lifestyle section is also aiming to resurrect “Humans of St Andrews”, or at least create something similar in order to interact with more of the St Andrews population. Event coverage will not be limited to just events in town, because as great as it is to hear about the numerous fashion shows, it would be equally as great to urge students to venture out of the bubble and see an impromptu concert by local musicians in neighbouring towns.Of course this article would be amiss without mentioning the new Love, Sex and Relationships section which only began last year. As the baby of the bunch, this will be the section that will see the most growth. Although you will be seeing more of the “scandalous” articles that helped the section gain notoriety, the section is looking to introduce a column to answer your (anonymous) questions about love, sex and relationships. It is not exactly an advice column, but it does create a safe environment to talk about questions and issues regarding love, sex and relationships that may be difficult to bring up in conversation (we all have them!).In short, big changes are on the horizon for the Lifestyle section this year. You will still see the old favourites – event preview/reviews, travel guides and, yes, recipes – but you will hopefully see a lot more involvement and personality in the articles that we release in the section. Most importantly, because the section is focused on the individual, we are always open to your input! If you think you know something worth knowing about and are interested in writing about it, do not hesitate to get in contact: email@example.com. Rachel Abreu
Nicola Simonetti, our
Since 2009 The Tribe has explored all facets of Culture and Lifestyle while actively strengthening experiences shared among all students at the University of St Andrews. Established as a way of encouraging students to make their voices heard and cultivate critical thinking, our magazine soon gained popularity within the student body, and it became one of St Andrews’s most read publications. In the last couple of years The Tribe has managed to achieve outstanding results. Besides expanding to new platforms (such as Instagram and Twitter), the publication’s readership has increased of 500% in the 2015-2016 academic year. The website’s new layout has contributed to attract 50% more writers and our articles regularly hit a very satisfying number of views. Born as a community where everybody is free to express their own ideas, The Tribe has acted both as a shelter and a springboard for many, and I am no exception.My name is Nicola Simonetti, and I am the new Editor-in-chief of The Tribe. I am an English and Medieval History student going into third year. As you will learn from my accent (if we will ever have the chance to meet, and I strongly hope so) or from some of my articles, I am Italian. My culinary tastes mirror my eclecticism, as do all the TV series that I regularly binge-watch. After leaving my country at the age of 19, I flew to St Andrews with the hope to become a journalist, and The Tribe was the first publication I came across in the summer before my first year of studies. Needless to say, it was love at first sight. Starting as a writer for the Travel Section, I became Culture Editor in my second year, until I got the position of the new Editor-in-chief last April.As the new Editor-in-chief of The Tribe, I am working to re-organise the structure of our magazine to make it more accessible and likeable to each and every one of you. Although The Tribe was born as an artsy publication, we are now expanding into a more varied magazine. As a consequence, the number of our editors has slightly increased if compared to the past academic year, yet the re-organisation of some of our sections into a much more coherent structure will facilitate the bottom-up communication. We have recently added a News Section to Culture and Lifestyle, and several sub-sections (e.g., Politics, Sports among others), which, I believe, will help us grow even more. As both the name of our magazine and our manifesto suggest, integration and freedom of expression are our main purposes. Which is why, from next semester onwards, our magazine will offer our contributors the chance to write articles in their own languages, and they will be published under a new sub-section called Languages. Languages will mainly expound upon the curiosities and traditions of different cultures, but it will also include any articles which are written in a language other than English.
In my time at The Tribe, we have always worked as a team, and as a team we have rejoiced of our achievements but also mourned our biggest setback: never having had the chance to expand to print journalism.
But we are ready now!
After setting up a Business Team last April, we have been working since to raise enough money to fund our first issue, which we are positive will be out mid-September. We are also enhancing the number of our collaborations with societies and independent shops, so to improve the level of our events coverage. Our editors are working to keep our columns still going, while a few more will be introduced (e.g., ‘Spotlight On…’ under Lifestyle). The Fashion section will rise from its own ashes stronger than before. As the baby of the bunch, Love, Sex and Relationships will introduce a section to answer your questions about love, while the new Sports section will try to follow the main championships and tournaments taking place in our town.Despite The Tribe’s young age, there is much that we have already achieved, but much more that is about to happen. As Editor-in-chief, my job is to coordinate and supervise our publication, whereas keeping an eye out for strongly held ideas at the same time. The Tribe has often been defined as an ‘edgy’ publication, and the upcoming year will not be different. You will see everything you have grown accustomed to, but also much more uniqueness in the way our articles are written.Representing a community which is open to any kind of input from whomever comes across our path, we are looking forward to hearing from you all! So, if you have ideas, articles, photos, sketches, or any other kind of suggestions that you would like to share with us, do not hesitate to get in contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org.I hope you enjoy our magazine, and the way The Tribe has been re-designed!Ad maiora! Nicola SimonettiEditor-in-chief
Disclaimer: Do not read if easily offended. Research is ongoing so feedback welcome.
This hall and position are equally difficult to get to, but boy are they worth the wait. Maximum effort but also maximum pleasure if you can make it work. Students living in DRA are not about the compromise.
ABH: Reverse cowgirl
Lets be real, this is just a very basic position... in reverse. Stop trying to be edgy ABH! You are always going to be New Hall (cowgirl) and no amount of re- branding is really going to change that.
Sallies: Edge of heaven
Renowned for being posh, this straight backed, edge of your chair position fits right into the Sallies lifestyle. The hall is so glamorous, you really are only one step away from heaven.
If you're in this position, or hall, the relationship is essentially dead. Basic, boring, broken... you gotta get out of there!
Fife Park: Kneeling fox
For those of you who don't know, this position is essentially a very lazy doggy style. Pretty fun to be fair but really all you have the energy for after making the trek out there.
Regs: The man trap
People just don't seem to leave this hall! Does it feel great? Are you just trapped? You committed to getting in and can't face leaving? Who's to say.
Uni Hall: The Good Spread
Right in the middle of everywhere, this hall is placed a good spread from pretty much anywhere else. You have to be pretty athletic to even be in this position though, so thank goodness you're placed close to the gym.
Albany Park: The Squat
It's not even that it's bad, but it just doesn't look great. Really no one looks good in this position and you're all squashed in together.
This small but very friendly hall does not discriminate. Anything goes in JBH and all you have to be prepared for is being 'yipped' out of the room by your enthusiastic friends. If you haven't experienced any 'yipping' in JBH yet, more sex is recommended.
Jo Boon and Natalie Clark
Image courtesy of Pixabay.
The HouseSunday night. I am frantically switching between different make up brushes, trying to put on my face. I slap on three layers of mascara (because one layer is obviously not enough for Valentine’s Day), and try to erase the smudge. I slip on the red dress, which I still suspect may leave me with pneumonia, and run over to the kitchen to have my looks assessed by a girl study group. I hear a knock on the door. There he is! I think. I open the door to see my date standing in his latest dashing suit piece. In a cheap romance novel, I’d be catching my breath and thinking about the mesmerizing fragrance of his cologne. In real life, I threw him a glance of panic and told him to step in. “I’m almost ready. I just need to get my bag,” I said, rushing off somewhere away from him.The next thing I know my flatmate has convinced us to take yet another prom style picture. “Do I look thin enough? Do I need to do the skinny arm?” I ask her. (She told me once that I don’t know how to engage in the “skinny arm” practice and ruin my pretty shoulders in all photographs.) I push my tongue against my teeth, trying to form another smile, and as I do, I think of the morning. The WalkI look at my watch to find out that we’re running late for our reservation and quickly push us out the door. I feel nervous as we’re walking into town. He complains that the air is freezing. I turn to him and tell him to look at my legs, covered in nothing but a thin layer of 15DEN tights. After a couple of minutes my eyes begin watering from the icy breeze, and I start worrying about my three layers of mascara dripping down my face before I even enter the restaurant. I stop him by the first lamppost and point at my face. “Does this still look OK?” I ask. He tells me I’m beautiful. I tell him I’m serious, are there any embarrassing smudges on my face? He looks more carefully this time and tells me not to worry.The DinnerWe walk in and wait to be shown to our table. Little do we know that a fiasco is awaiting us. We both pick up our four course special menus and try to read them. I am saying “try” because the menus were almost illegible. I ask my boyfriend if he thinks it’s a special font or a printing error. “Looks like their printers ran out of ink,” he replies. The waitress comes and goes about five times, while we try to actually understand what is written on the menu. Eventually we order a bottle of wine and decide to share a special.The portions of the starters and the intermediate are embarrassingly small, so we keep pouring the wine to fill ourselves up. Either because I’m very tired or very nervous, the table gets buried deep in an awkward silence. We are fortunately (or unfortunately) a very talkative couple, so this silence unsettles both of us. “Let’s exchange cards and gifts!” he suggests. So we exchange cards, and then we exchange gifts. I watch him unpack a bottle of whiskey and a case of whiskey bullets. He seems to be delighted over the moon. Then I see him take out a small black box and slide it in front of me. I open the box to find a silver ring. We smile and kiss and everything, but something feels very wrong. That’s it? I think to myself. That must have looked very sweet to everyone… I think.The table once again gets buried in silence. Trying to fill in the space, we engage in a banal conversation about consumerism and prostitution. The main meal finally arrives, but alas, by that point I am half-drunk and can’t stop myself from being upset with capitalism. A bit later the waitress comes up and asks if everything is OK with our meal. He says that it’s wonderful. I give her my sweetest girl smile and tell her that the meat was hard to chew at times. She blushes and says she’ll tell the chef.Moments later, I find myself utterly hating the dessert the waitress suggested and downing the rest of the wine. When the bill arrives my boyfriend’s eyes widen to dimensions I have never seen them reach before. “Wait a minute, this is wrong,” he says. I scan the receipt to see that they have decided to charge us twice the amount they should have charged us. He calls the waitress to talk to her, she panics and the next thing I know is that we’re arguing with the manager. He points out to an extra charge on the mains, which we never saw because we could barely read the menus. We nod at first, but then notice that they still would be overcharging us, so my date spends another five minutes trying to explain that there is still something wrong with the bill. We finally get a new bill with the correct amounts on it and get out of there as soon as we can.…and Back AgainWe walk out. He tries to give me a kiss, but I sway the other way. “What’s wrong with you tonight?” he asks. And at that moment I know that we will not be engaging in any other pseudo-romance. We reach the house in silence. He changes into his pj’s, and I go to the bathroom to take off my mask of make up. As I do so, I feel stupid. I don’t understand why I spent so much time putting all of it on, or why I bought that red dress. I take my spot in the bed, and we cuddle and watch our favorite TV show. In conclusion, I don’t think I will be celebrating Valentine’s Day ever again. This whole romantic dinner out concept seems to be a huge scam. (Place A is not the only place in St Andrews that serves miniscule four course meals.) I spent a long amount of time thinking about why I went on a full journey of consumption for this day. My final explanation was that I just wanted to differentiate Valentine’s Day. Because I am blessed enough to have a relationship filled with small gestures of sweetness everyday, the only way I thought I could differentiate it was by a display of extravagant consumption. It surely looked great, but it was missing its soul… or rather it was missing us. Trying to capture the essence of Valentine’s is hard because it does not really have an essence of its own.The next day I asked him if we could talk. Despite being busy, he came over to mine at the end of the day. We sat on the floor and stared at each other. I felt like I wanted to ask a lot of questions, but I already knew all the answers, so instead I just said I’m sorry. He hugged me and said he didn’t really care; and to me that hug felt better than the whole entire dinner and better than a thousand silver rings. “Hey, at least we have the pictures. It’s all about the pictures,” he winked at me.“No,” I smiled back, “the pictures don’t matter.” Anonymous All images courtesy of Pixabay.
Jo Boon, our
Halloween costumes are always a topic of controversy, and sometimes for valid reasons. I want to address the double edged sword of expressing body positivity, versus pandering to the male gaze. Although sexy Halloween costumes are often seen as the latter, many do not know that they first became a craze after the sexual revolution. Especially during the 60s, women chose to reclaim their sexuality with promiscuous outfits they had traditionally been shamed for.Personally, I’m all for women wearing what they want and not being slut shamed. We should be able to dress as we choose without being labelled as 'asking for it.' After all, no one is ever asking for it unless they literally ask you for it. Wearing a leotard on Halloween does not mean ‘I want you.' Rather, only words or clear actions can convey that message. Whether you want to dress up as a character from Rocky Horror or a sexy mouse, just go for it --don't let others police your wardrobe.Although trivializing the issue is not my intent, dressing up in sexy clothing is fun. I love getting ready with my friends, trying to get eye liner on straight while listening to Beyonce. Dressing up for your own enjoyment can bring confidence, even without desiring sex or relying on other people to find you sexy. I know many others who feel this way, so why judge someone else for it? If you don’t want to dress up in a sexy way, that’s totally fine. However, judging others for doing so is problematic. Often, sexy dress up allows some women to reclaim their body and learn to love their sexuality --don't assume they're doing it for bad reasons. Show support for your sisters! On the flip side, women should not feel pressured to dress sexy on Halloween. Why is it necessary to have a ‘sexy’ version of everything for Halloween? You can even get sexy Bagpuss costumes now… Bagpuss!? For those of you who don’t know, Bagpuss is a tubby pink and white striped cat from a very weird children’s TV show. Far from sexy.For every regular men’s costume, there is a ‘sexy’ version for women. Men can come as pirates, but women can only be ‘sexy pirates.’ This contrast of sexualization also applies to other costumes, such as police officers, devils --even skeleton costumes (which is another problem, particularly regarding the representation of eating disorders!) I have no problem with sexy options on the whole, but there need to be more ‘sexy’ options for men and more ‘straight- up’ options for women.There are some sexualised costumes in particular that I have a problem with. Personally, I don’t think we should be sexualising professions, particularly those that women have fought hard to gain admittance into. It's great if you want to dress sexy, but do you really need to go as a ‘sexy nurse’? Nurses work hard, seriously hard(!) and women were barred from medical professions for such a long term, it seems insensitive to turn the idea into one of objectification.That being said, if you want to be a sexy mouse then you do you! Dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable, but be sure to think your costume through. Through this forethought, unintentional sexism or racism can be avoided. (Note: I haven’t written about cultural appropriation because as a white person from the UK I didn’t want to go on a tirade about protecting cultures that are not my own. We all know not to do it though, right)?Take a moment to think if your costume might be offensive this Halloween, and be sure to dress in a way that makes YOU comfortable. Don't be afraid to dress outrageously. See you Saturday! Jo Boon Featured Image: Sexy Avengers at the famous Playboy Mansion Halloween Party (Flickr)
Samantha Emily Evans shares
'Let's talk about sex,' no but really. Let's talk about sex, this week specifically. It has been talked about this week, and it should continue to be talked about - that is why we started our 'Love, Sex, and Relationships' section. This week is currently SHAG Week - or Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week. SHAG Week is run by the Wellbeing Committee and is in its second year. It is a national week that is taking place at universities across the United Kingdom. And for those of you who are thinking, but what about PULL? Why can SHAG Week make a sexual joke, but a night at the Student Union can not? Miriam Chappell, the Wellbeing Officer, clarifies with three points:
- SHAG is a sexual acronym describing a week which is about exploring sex and the topics surrounding it – sexual health, sexualities, healthy relationships, and education. PULL is a sexual acronym which is irrelevant both to the words it stood for and to the way that most people are spending an average night at the Union.
- SHAG Week is a nationwide campaign recognised across the UK - there is no such precedent for naming a club night PULL
- This isn't about personal opinion. PULL was changed partly as a response to many, many complaints - these complaints were not about the name causing discomfort because it was sexual, but rather because it was irrelevantly and unnecessarily so. This was the theme of the vast majority of them. This was brought to the Sabbs, fulfilling the representative side of my role on SRC. Not one complaint mentioned SHAG Week.
After that clarification, it's time to get into what has been and will be happening for SHAG Week 2015 - the big finale is Friday night.From an intense Consent Workshop from StAnd Together that was surprisingly attended by mostly males to a night of sexual games at Capture the Cock Ring in Club 601 - SHAG Week covers the serious and the silly. Their goal is to talk about sexual health, and whether one is sexually active or not, interested in sex or not, to host an event that will be fun and informative. This year they focused on healthy relationships, LGBT rights and positivity, and creating an environment where people can talk about sex (and have a laugh!) without it being a big deal. For the last focus, I can personally vouch. I attended the Erato open mic, and performed. The room was so positive, and a number of people performed. From an act by organizer Hannah Kate Risser singing Beyonce to a Penis Envy spoken word piece by yours truly to a medieval romance poem by Callum Douglass, the performances were diverse and entertaining. There were plenty of laughs, with a reading an excerpt from Rough and Ready by Sandra Hill. Tonight, Friday October 2nd is the last night of SHAG Week. At 6pm in the Union Performance Space, Mistress Megara is back! The internationally renowned dominatrix, Mistress Megara will be talking about her work as a dominatrix and discussing the taboo topic of BDSM, with a workshop on knot-tying. Check out our review from last year to get a preview.The last event of the week is Rainbow Karaoke hosed by the the St. Andrews LGBT group. Make sure to come at the ready to sing some LGBT tunes, or just have a drink, an interesting conversation, and sing along with the rest of the crowd. It is open to all, regardless of gender or sexual identity.
Finish off Week 3 with flair, and talk about sex! Sex! Sex! Sex!
Samantha Emily Evans
Photos featured taken from Facebook events by SHAG Week 2015