If there is one thing that St Andrews is known for across the nation, it is that we, the students, love lavish events and attend them regularly. We convey this illusory image that the price does not matter – we are willing to pay for it – but I know that that is not the truth for a majority of students. In fact, we want to guarantee that our money is going towards something great and, when the Kate Kennedy committee proposes an event that starts at £45, we want the reassurance that skimping on cheaper meals for the next few weeks will be worth it. It is safe to say, however, that the KK knows what they are doing. On the eve of May Dip this year, the Kinkell Byre hosted – handily – one of the most entertaining nights of the year.
Looking to escape the Bubble? Take a trip to Emerald City on February 27th with Dance Soc’s Oz Ball! Beginning at 8:30pm at Younger Hall, guests can take a break from the lull of student life with the Wizard of Oz themed ball, whose low ticket price of ₤15 makes it easily one of the best values in St Andrews, and includes discounted entry (₤1) to The Vic for the After Oz Party.
On Saturday night, FS kicked off the St Andrews fashion scene with this year’s show, Eyes Wide Shut. The large-scale charity fundraiser was brought back to Lower College Lawn for an evening of champagne, music, models, fashion and high spirits.
Now in its fifth year, the Young Designer Award is a national search for the best new design talent. It provides a platform for emerging fashion designers to showcase their five piece collection at the St Andrews Charity Fashion Show, the largest and most successful student-run event in the UK.
As I sit here writing this preview, I’m acutely aware of the fact that as a fourth year, my time in our beloved little bubble is coming all too quickly to an end. As such, I plan to spend the next few months ticking off all the remaining items on my St Andrews bucket list (finally play some golf, climb St Rule’s Tower, step on the PH, etc). There are a few things that appear on my list two, three, or four times however, because I simply couldn’t get enough of them. Under Canvas is one of those things. The other 649 people who came last year will agree: there’s nothing else like it.
Essay in. Dress on. Feet in wellies. I am running out the door catching one of the last busses to take me to the beautiful Kinkell Byre.
This year’s Bongo Ball was more anticipated than ever. A strong marketing campaign, complimented with an un-missable presence in St Andrews, drew our expectations for this colourful and unique evening to new heights.
This week, the Barron Theatre will form the stage for a showcase of the best female talent in St Andrews in a compilation called “Women in the Arts.” Part of the fundraising work of ‘Women for Women‘ here in St Andrews, this promises to be two evenings of spectacular entertainment which will simultaneously raise money to help sponsor one woman for a year through Women for Women International. This charity works to assist women in post-conflict countries by providing them with business and entrepreneurship programmes, essentially allowing women to gain skills and knowledge which they can then use to support themselves and their families after a devastating experience or event.
Autumn has fallen upon us and soon the ghosts and ghouls will come out for Halloween. St Andrews students can join in on the fun by attending House of Horror’s second annual charity gala on Thursday October 30 at Kinkell Byre. Unlike most other galas, there is no need for formal attire… but fancy dress is definitely encouraged! Following the smashing success of last year’s sold-out gala, this Halloween will be bigger, better, and more horrible than ever. The co-directors and committee have worked out any and all issues from last year, and will transform Kinkell into your worst nightmare filled with your favorite Halloween horrors. This House of Horror will also include unexpected surprises and new sponsors, so this night is certainly not to be missed! Due to popular demand, Staley Sharples will be DJing again and pumping the party up for when the clock hits midnight and Halloween begins.
Students come to St Andrews for one of the most unique university experiences the world has to offer; full of black tie events and fancy wine and cheese, a St Andrews calendar is quite unlike any other. The Kate Kennedy Club Opening Ball is the first formal ball of the year, and students jump at the opportunity to dig out old prom dresses and don their nicest suits. The ticket commotion from Freshers’ Week has resurfaced and the event is fully sold out!