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Message from Scott Cowie, head, Senior Division

Scott Cowie

Prior to reading my traditional weekly message, I’d like to draw your attention to the message in Whole School about congestion and traffic on campus – an issue of serious concern at the College. Please take the time to read it and follow the directives outlined in it.

Upcoming Senior Division Dates:
Monday, Nov. 24: special arts assembly – Laidlaw Hall, 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 27  – Saturday, Nov. 29: Almost, Maine (fall play) – lecture theatre, 7:30 p.m.

As we’re well into the month of November, many of the Senior boys are sporting a hairy addition to their appearance. “Movember” moustaches abound, as the boys are competing with fellow students from different houses to raise funds in the interest of promoting cancer awareness.

Indeed, I’ve run into a few parents who have seen my own “stylish ‘stache” and I’m grateful to those of you who didn’t laugh too loudly. My colleagues here, on the other hand, continue to point out my resemblance to characters on one of those cheesy ’70s cop shows. Starsky and Hutch have nothing on me.

Campaigns like Movember and the ALS challenge, in which many of us at the College were involved over the summer, have had great impact, and generated much needed awareness about significant matters of health and well-being, but I often wonder if these fun-spirited initiatives in some way detract from the reality of the struggles and hardships faced by the victims of the terrible diseases upon which they’re centred.

I was sent a video a short while ago that reminds us of the harsh reality faced by those who are stricken with cancer. Lauren Hill is a student athlete who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and is doing all she can to realize her dream of playing college basketball. The way that she and those around her have been impacted by her situation is both tragic and triumphant. Here’s the link to the seven-minute video. Just a warning: Be sure to have a box of tissues close by. You won’t be able to watch it without shedding a tear.

Despite its difficult theme, Hill’s story is one that teaches us a lot about courage, perseverance and perspective. It’ll also remind us to be grateful for every day we have.

Thanks for reading,
Scott