• Petition against Marischal Square plans

    The £107million Marischal Square project has been a source of controversy for the past few months. Nearly 1,000 people have signed a petition asking councillors to reject planning permission for the proposal.

  • The importance of language in politics

    For a period of time – ranging from several months to a few days depending on how politically charged the person you were talking to was – you could turn to more or less anybody in Scotland, ask them ‘Yes or No. ’ with no further context, and have them understand exactly what you were referring to.

  • Drugs: Penalize or legalize?

    Aarran McPherson explores the merits of the War on Drugs in the first part of this week's Opine debate The War on Drugs has been branded a failure by many over the past few years.   Opponents of the move claim that we should take a more liberal approach towards drug use and should be aiming to legalise so-called “soft drugs”, like Marijuana, which they believe to be less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.

  • Learning - A weight off your shoulders

    Note taking is a skill that we all must acquire to some degree if we are to ever stand a chance in the real world, though many of us are dumbfounded, especially when it comes to finding the most efficient way of taking notes. The truth of the matter is that there’s no real way; it is simply down to your preferences, and how you will cope with the learning and memorization of new information.

  • Flameproof a roaring success

    Starring Michele Gallagher and Billy Mack Aberdeen Performing Arts': "A Play, a Pie and a Pint" series combines three things that should definitely be put together more often. Drama is too often thought of as something formal and official, something you should wear a tie to; this series of plays denies that and presents entertaining drama in a relaxed dining environment, where a pint or a glass of wine are part of the deal.

  • Get out strong. Commit.

    ‘Get out strong. Commit’ where the words Scottish 800m runner Lyndsey Sharp wrote on her hand prior to the 800m final at the Commonwealth Games, words to spur her on after what had been an awful night of serious illness in the athlete’s village.

Aberdeen International Film Festival debut

On the 4th of October Aberdeen’s first ever International Film Festival will officially get under way. Featuring dozens of Scottish Premiers and bringing to Aberdeen the kind of event which is usually reserved for the central belt, this is not something to be missed.


My Top 5: Student pubs in Aberdeen

When arriving in Aberdeen, one of the first things to notice is the impressive number of pubs. As a new student making a choice can be difficult.


The art of starting wars

While the Islamic State continues to cause some of the artificial, postmandate boundaries of the Middle East to buckle and break, Obama and his associates have pledged to obliterate the organisation and consequentially launched surgical airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Designed to contain and weaken ISIL, ordering limited airstrikes on specific military and infrastructural targets makes sense for a whole host of reasons.


News

A recent research into the addictive nature of foods, including those high in sugars and fats, has concluded that although the very nature of eating can be addictive in its own right, the claim of addiction to certain elements within foods is false. According to the research, which was carried out by universities across the globe including Edinburgh, Gothenburg, Essen, Utrecht, Santiago de Compostela and of course our very own University of Aberdeen, sugar and fats do not have the same chemical effect on our brains as drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

Features

While the Islamic State continues to cause some of the artificial, postmandate boundaries of the Middle East to buckle and break, Obama and his associates have pledged to obliterate the organisation and consequentially launched surgical airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Designed to contain and weaken ISIL, ordering limited airstrikes on specific military and infrastructural targets makes sense for a whole host of reasons.


Opine

Editorial

Putting the student newspaper together is never an easy task. You have so many different editors, deputy editors, copy editors, writers, photographers and feral animals to contend with that it can all get a little stressful.


Life & Style

Note taking is a skill that we all must acquire to some degree if we are to ever stand a chance in the real world, though many of us are dumbfounded, especially when it comes to finding the most efficient way of taking notes. The truth of the matter is that there’s no real way; it is simply down to your preferences, and how you will cope with the learning and memorization of new information.

Arts

On the 4th of October Aberdeen’s first ever International Film Festival will officially get under way. Featuring dozens of Scottish Premiers and bringing to Aberdeen the kind of event which is usually reserved for the central belt, this is not something to be missed.


Listings

As a grand finale to this summer’s colourful exhibition celebrating the work of world-renowned knitwear and textile designer Kaffe Fassett, Aberdeen Art Gallery will be opening up after-hours for a vibrant and exciting evening complete with DJ sets, vintage gramophones, face painting, artist-led workshops and a pop-up Bos’n bar. Places are designated on a first come, first served basis so get there early and don’t forget to wear your brightest and spangliest of outfits.

Sports

‘Get out strong. Commit’ where the words Scottish 800m runner Lyndsey Sharp wrote on her hand prior to the 800m final at the Commonwealth Games, words to spur her on after what had been an awful night of serious illness in the athlete’s village.


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