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I N B R I E F
About Our Newspaper
The Mitre is a monthly
student newspaper at the University of St Andrews, the third-oldest
university in the English-speaking world. Our aim is to publish a
quality newspaper for the members and friends of the University of St
Andrews, and furthermore that this publication be informed by
traditional thought and loyalty to the Crown.
The Mitre is published six
times during the academic year; three editions in Martinmas term and
three in Candlemas term.
In addition to our monthly newspaper and along the same lines we
publish an occasional journal called the Mitre Literary Review.
S T A F F
Names and Faces
A number of people combine their efforts to produce the Mitre. Here are
a few of them.
Deputy Editor for
Debates, Personal Assistant to the Editor
H I S T O R Y
St Andrews Student Newspapers and
the Birth of the Mitre
not widely known
that St Andrews has a long and varied history of student newspapers. A
number of publications have been produced and printed in the 'old gray
town', among them the St. Leonard's
Magazine of the 1860's, written entirely by Andrew Lang, and the
St Andrews University
of 1863, primarily a graduate students' publication.
In 1962, a newspaper called Quorum
was published, of which very
little is known. Quorum
became Aien that same year,
which survived until 1984, when it was rechristened the St Andrews University Chronicle.
Another newspaper, Aristeuein,
(from the other half of the University's motto) was published from 1973
continued as the University's broadsheet until 1997. That year, it was
relaunched in a populist, tabloid format as the Saint which is still published
today every fortnight.
In 1889, College Echoes
was first produced, and was the longest-running student newspaper at
the University of St Andrews. Its annual "Town and Gown Number"
produced for the Kate Kennedy Procession took up the name College Echoes when the newspaper
foundered, and lives on today as the annual of the Kate Kennedy Club.
In 2003 a small
group of students, inspired by the previous example of College Echoes
and disappointed with the frequent
vulgarity and occasional anti-intellectualism of the tabloid Saint, came together to found the Mitre. The
name was chosen to harken back to the medieval golden age of St
Andrews, when the city was the metropolis of Scotland. During this time
St Andrews was the cultural, ecclesiastical, and sometimes even
political capital of the nation. A mitre is a type of hat reserved for
the use of bishops and privileged abbots. The Archbishop of St Andrews,
currently based in Edinburgh, wears a mitre as a symbol of his
On 26 March, 2003, the first Mitre
was printed, selling at 20p
for six barely interesting pages. However, it was a start. The next
issue did not come until 16 May, but had
increased to eight pages. It included many notable features, some of
which continue today, including the Imperial
Colonial Report, the Prayer
Requests, the Editorial and Opinion page, and the very first Parliament Hall column detailing
news from the University of St Andrews Union Debating Society. (We
should note the premier column pales in comparison to the detailed
monthly analysis and recap of U.D.S. events currently produced in the Mitre by deputy editor Alexandra
From 1 October 2003, the Mitre
has been a highly-sucessful monthly newspaper with reports, analysis,
commentary, and events from the University of St Andrews, the region of
Scotland, the nation of Great Britain, and the world in which we live.
H E M I T R E
THE QUALITY STUDENT NEWSPAPER
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS
O N T E N T S
On the Mitre:
"Its frenetic tone is amusing in a relentless,
way that reminds me of 'Vile Bodies'."
Regional Superior, FSSP