What’s Steve Murray’s favorite part of being Lawrenceville’s Head Master? (The accompanying photo offers a clue.) What would he want with him on the proverbial deserted island? Is his favorite dining hall meal really a classic? Find out this and more in 5 Questions 4.
What is your favorite part of being Lawrenceville’s Head Master?
I love walking through Mem Hall and hearing student laughter coming out of a classroom. I love seeing a young team beat a tougher opponent through sheer grit and determination. I love walking across campus early in the morning before people are up. I love Lessons and Carols. I love shaking the hands of Fifth Formers at graduation.
If you could be any fictional character for a day, who would you choose?
I might choose Jean Valjean from “Les Misérables.” In spite of all that he suffers and endures, in spite of all the betrayals and setbacks, he hangs on to his humanity and compassion. He never lets life wring that out of him. I admire that. As for a second choice, I am not sure I’d want to be the Fool in “King Lear,” but he sure has some good comeback lines.
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs — such as food and water — were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
Pen and paper. The intense solitude would be tough, and no single book or typical pastime such as music would fill that easily. Writing would help me to reflect and record the daily narrative of my thoughts – I think I would want that meditative outlet. If pen and paper can be counted as one thing, and if the island were in a tropical zone, I might also ask for mask and flippers – I love to explore coral reefs – I would never get tired of that.
What’s one talent that you’d like to have?
I think, more than anything, I’d like to have one talent. Any talent, but just to say that I had a talent. If you’re asking me to narrow that down, I guess I wish I could sing, I mean really sing, like Al Green doing “Let’s Stay Together.”
Now that would be cool.
Favorite menu item in either Irwin or Abbott?
Classic chicken salad from the sandwich bar with pickle slices on whole wheat toast. A close second would definitely be noodle bowls!
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