WITH THIS ISSUE, we’re unveiling a new look and feel for the Red&Gold. We hope you like what you see and read. You might first notice the magazine’s new design. We aimed to strike a balance between two aesthetics: classic and contemporary. We believe this balance also represents our school in many ways.
The magazine’s content is also different. It is more about features than lists, and those features go beyond showcasing what has happened or is happening on campus and in our community. In fact, many of the Red&Gold stories profile CSB’s good work in a broader sense like John Taylor’s piece on his playing basketball at San Quentin and Sean Breen’s piece on Jon Breen ‘96’s work with the Peace Corp in Eastern Europe.
The teachers and staff writers have worked tirelessly to develop stories that are both relatable and readable. I hope you will find their stories are just as inspiring as I have.
The idea of inspiration points me to this issue’s theme: Heroes. The magazine’s tagline is, “The hero in me sees the hero in you.” The tagline is a bit of word play on a well-known Sanskrit prayer that reads,
“My soul recognizes your soul, I honor the light, love, beauty, truth, and kindness within you because it is also within me, in sharing these things there is no distance and no difference between us, we are the same, we are one. Namaste."
I believe that when we do something heroic–big or small–not only does it inspire others to do the same, but it also helps us recognize the real or the potential heroism within others.
We often talk about sports stars, soldiers, or firefighters as being heroes. But heroism does not always involve physical strength. In fact, qualities such as compassion, honesty, selflessness, humility, patience, caring, and conviction also characterize a hero. The Red&Gold stories you are about to read are made up of such people: heroes. The people who wrote these stories; they are heroes. The people who are in the stories; they are heroes, too.
It turns out that heroes are all around us, every day, and when we discover the hero inside ourselves, we begin to recognize the hero inside everyone else.