It is easy to become gloomy during this time of the year. Not only are the days becoming shorter, and not only is the air becoming cooler, but we're also at the height of an election season. We are constantly reminded of war?the war in Iraq, the war on terror. Politicians are mudslinging. The College Democrats and College Republicans are squabbling. Allegations of scandals abound.

During this time of the year, news that provides us with hope is more than welcome. Luckily, we are receiving a substantial dose of it this week.

At Whittier Field on Sunday, more than 150 people walked and ran in memory of Phil Soule. Soule coached football and many other sports during a tenure of nearly 40 years at Bowdoin. When he died in January and a host of former and current athletes honored his memory by sharing theirs, it became clear that his legacy would not be soon forgotten. This was realized at Sunday's "Phlail," which, by all accounts, was an overwhelming success. Proceeds from the event benefited the development of Bowdoin's coaches, along with the Nordic ski team. "It touched me, helping to keep Phil's memory alive," Phil's wife, Mo, told the Orient. "Bowdoin is such a warm and wonderful community?it was a great first event and we are looking forward to next year."

Heartwarming news came later in the week, too, as Alex Cornell du Houx '06 returned home from a tour of duty with the U.S. Marines in Iraq. With a steady flow of bad news coming out of Iraq?and the fact that Cornell du Houx was involved in real combat operations?many on campus let out an audible sigh of relief when his unit, Alpha Company, returned home to Topsham yesterday. Cornell du Houx briefly spent time on campus saying hello to friends, and then returned to his home in Solon, Maine, for a night of R&R. He is expected back on campus today.

As daylight-saving time comes to a close and winter creeps nearer, perhaps it is best to remember a few lines from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, class of 1825:

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining.

The editorial represents the majority view of The Bowdoin Orient's editorial board. The editorial board is comprised of Bobby Guerette, Beth Kowitt, and Steve Kolowich.