At The Tribe, we welcome articles and submissions from writers with a variety of backgrounds and stories, aiming to provide a safe and expansive space for your thoughts, stories and experiences. Here to explain as much is our Love, Sex and Relationships Editor, Audrey. I was going to start this introduction with a definition (can you tell I’ve been writing university essays all year?). However, on consulting the OED for, what I admittedly hoped would be an antiquated explanation of sex, from which I could launch a red-hot promise of journalistic exploration, I was diverted. Underneath the meticulously inoffensive (and unsexy) definition of sex, which, by the way, only addressed its applications as a verb in section 4.b (how much does this say about Britain’s sexual legacy?) came an intriguing phrase from D. H Lawrence: ‘If you want to have sex, you’ve got to trust/ At the core of your heart, the other creature’ –Pansies, D.H. Lawrence. To my mind, the phrase raises three central issues that make it a superior introductory hook to the OED’s unappealing dissection of sex. Firstly, Lawrence grounds sex with ‘trust’, secondly, he places sex in and/or next to ‘the core of your heart’ and thirdly, he terms the sexual partner a ‘creature’- interestingly ungendered and physical, or animalistic, even. With 91.7% of St Andrews students under the age of 24, our student body is largely made up of ‘millennials’, who fall at the younger end of the Generation Y brackets (1980-2000). Considering the rapidity of changes in socio-sexual norms and beliefs, our post ‘90s birthdays are significant. Unlike our ‘80s Gen. Y ‘contemporaries’, we reached our sexual maturity at the dawn of technological abundance: from MSN and AOL chatrooms to online dating and apps that facilitate one-night-stands; anonymous, rapid and often somewhat transactional sexual exchanges are our norm. Our generation began having sex earlier than any other in the last 60 years- 30% of the population between 16 and 24 first have sex before 16, compared to 15.4% and 4% respectively, of 65 to 75 year olds. The current UK population have twice as many sexual partners in our lifetimes compared to those surveyed in 1990 and 1999. In our sexually liberated, sexually conscious society is sex still grounded with ‘trust’, as Lawrence felt? In having more casual sex, do we shortchange ourselves, losing the intimacy that sex based on ‘trust’ can have? Maybe we are simply broadening the parameters of sexual experience, redefining sex, shifting the physical act of sex up from 4b to a much more prominent ranking. Perhaps these broadened criteria allow for sex for sex’s sake, unemotionally attached. At the same time, the quantity of reported sexual assaults is ever-increasing. Sexual consent is the central issue to many of those engaging in sexual activity and awareness of your partner is positively encouraged- in a sense then, ‘trust’ is more important than ever. But, of course, trusting a person with your safety; to respect your physical and emotional integrity, is quite different from placing your relationship ‘At the core of your heart’. How then, does ‘love’ interact with ‘sex and relationships’? Is the very name of my section outdated, oxymoronic? Or are its components still close, liable to slide and melt in to each other as Lawrence might have suggested? And what of ‘creature’? A critic of Lawrence would undoubtedly read that choice as the codification of his suppressed homosexuality- purposefully ambiguous and gender-avoidant. This is another core tenant of Generation Y’s sexual revolution; the rejection of heteronormative codes and creation of increasingly open dialogue about sexual preferences. We boast a progressive LGBTQ community and continue, albeit slowly, to bring in groups previously marginalised by society for their sexuality. In Generation Y, would ‘creature’ be chosen just to allow a range of readers, with different sexual preferences, to partake in the poem equally- or is the shade of the word still needed, for comfort, if not protection. These and many more are the questions that ‘Love, Sex and Relationships’ will address over the coming year. Above all else, the section belongs to and represents the readers and writers who will create it. As such, contributions are welcome from everyone who wants to voice their opinion, share their experience (especially in the bedroom please, we want something juicy to lighten the mood), or to illuminate an issue they feel is being overlooked. Expect both the serious and the salacious, from the bedroom to the boardroom, from crushes to the clinic. Welcome to The Tribe: let’s talk about sex, baby. Interested in writing for this section? Contact Audrey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in Travel, Food (who isn't), or Events on campus? Our Lifestyle Editor Rachel is here to welcome articles covering these and more. Does life really imitate art? While the Lifestyle section is not dedicated to unpacking philosophical ideas, I think it is fair to say that the writing we feature here looks far beyond the mundane ongoings of everyday life. Broken down into five categories of Fashion, Food, Travel, Events and Love, Sex and Relationships; the Lifestyle section aims to showcase articles from the respective categories that highlight the new, stimulate thought, and urge you to explore -- something we all feel the need to do sometimes in this bubble of a town. Want to know about up and coming fashion trends? Looking for a way to spice up those student meals? Or maybe it’s a new travel destination you’re needing? You’ll find it all here. But before I get ahead of myself, let me introduce myself. (Writing this introductory article is an all too familiar process for me, so apologies if you’ve heard this spiel before). My name is Rachel Abreu and I am your returning Lifestyle Editor for the upcoming school year. I have an undying love for anything fashion and beauty related, and I have been contributing to this section since I submitted my first article to the publication in 2014. Having divided my life between the sunny islands of the Philippines and this charming little Scottish town, I've had the chance to experience such contrasting lifestyles -- from food to fashion to everything in between -- something which I think makes the position of Lifestyle Editor so fitting. When I'm not writing for The Tribe, you’ll find me working on my music or in the water. Swimming, surfing, you name it, I’m down! So what can you look forward to in this section for the upcoming school year? Aside from the usual travel accounts and event reviews, we’re hoping to publish more constant columns in each section, highlighting the lifestyles of the student body. For such a fashion-conscious university, there still seems to be a lack of focus on the distinct personal styles of individuals, something which the Fashion section hopes to bring front and center this year. The food section will continue to bring you recipes and restaurant recommendations, venturing out of St Andrews from time to time, for those who have exhausted the food scene here. For people who think they’ve seen and done it all, the Travel and Events sections will help fill your calendar with an eclectic mix of activities and travel destinations. Finally, our Love, Sex and Relationships section will be in its sophomore year, and will continue to provide some of our more challenging, thought-provoking articles, encouraging much discussion as usual. We’ve got such a mix of lovely, engaging people running the Lifestyle sub-sections this year, so you’re sure to find something worthy of a read! As for myself, aside from behind-the-scenes administrative work, I am looking forward to contributing more of my own articles to the Lifestyle section as a whole, and plan to become much more involved with our readers. If you catch a tiny person accosting your peers for interviews, that will probably be me, wanting to spotlight notable individuals for an article (please just play along). I also very much enjoy attending and covering live music events around Scotland, so keep an eye out for some recommendations from me! What's more, now that the team has added a social media contributor, this year looks to be the most student-focused and interactive year yet. We’ll be out and about looking for interesting dressers, diners, creators, travellers and the like, so even if you’re not writing for us, you will definitely be much more involved in this section of the publication! Like always, the Lifestyle section is always open to suggestions, so if you’re interested in writing for us or simply want to share some ideas, feel free to send a message to email@example.com.
The Tribe is looking for an amazing new editorial team! This is a great way to get involved in the journalism and arts scene at St Andrews and we're looking for a team of committed, creative people with an interest (there's no minimum level of experience!) in journalistic and creative writing, editing, social media, and culture. Positions range from the traditionally editorial to more managerial, read through the list below to see what works best for you. Send your CV and 300 words on why you'd be great for the job to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday 15 April. Questions? Email Alexandra Rego at aar6 for details.Open positions are:Deputy Editor- the unofficial business manager and Vice President (of a sort) for the Tribe, liaising with all section editors to make sure the infrastructure of the magazine runs smoothly, as well as working on logistics for events and budgeting. Web Editor- *experience in coding or a personal blog is a plus* as Web Editor, your job is to make sure that our website and Facebook page as well as all editorial email accounts are up-to-date and running smoothly. Any changes to the website will occur under your creative direction, and you'll ensure that our website looks and remains professional, clean, and engaging. Social Media Manager- as Social Media Manager, your main job is to consistently update and maintain our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, keeping continuity between all three accounts and uploading fresh and fun content on a daily basis, liaising with the Web Editor regarding any larger changes you'd like to see made. Copy Editor- live for semi-colons? Feel particularly emotional about a well placed predicate nominative? Know what either of those two phrases are? Hate when people end a sentence with a preposition? Your job as our copy editor is to spot check all content for grammatical and continuity errors, so if you answered yes to all three of those questions, your dream job is just an email away... Creative Writing Editor- this job involves liaising with relevant societies and bodies to call for creative collaborations and submissions as well as edit and manage creative submissions ranging from poetry to prose to creative non-fiction. Art and Photography Editor- *experience with Photoshop a plus* Managing and publicising various creative visual art submissions. Uploading and formatting these on our website, liaising with the Web Editor to ensure proper pixellation and adjustment. News Editor- managing a team of three subsection editors (Politics, Perspective, and Sports) to ensure weekly relevant content. Film/TV Editor- publishing weekly articles ranging from reviews of movies and TV shows to longer, more analytical submissions. Recruit and manage a team of contributing writers. On the Road (travel) Editor- publishing weekly articles ranging from travel tips to experiential posts. Recruit and manage a team of contributing writers. Love, Sex, and Relationships Editor- publishing weekly articles ranging from advice to opinion-editorial pieces, managing a team of motivated writers to ensure a diverse range of opinions within this broader subject, liaising with relevant societies as is necessary. Recruit and manage a team of contributing writers. Sports Editor- timely publication of relevant content and ensuring its social media distribution to related societies and groups. Recruit and manage a team of contributing writers. Politics Editor- publishing time-sensitive and weekly content covering global and domestic politics. Recruit and manage a team of contributing writers. Perspectives Editor- publishing weekly content, typically opinion-editorial pieces of various topics. Events Editor- liaising with our Lifestyle editor and relevant societies to assign timely events reviews to a team of motivated writers with a passion for events reviewing.