a dozen natural streams whisper and gurgle through Emorys
campus, just as they have done since long before the University
existed. Many of those who hurry past these softly trickling
rivulets each day dont even notice theyre there.
the streamsseveral now all but hidden by constructionremain
a vital part of the campus ecosystem, and some in the community
are concerned that they are not getting the attention they deserve.
So members of two Emory groups, the Ad
Hoc Committee on Environmental Stewardship and the Friends
of Emory Forest, have formed a committee to put these streams
on the map.
however, the streams need names. And what better way to raise
awareness of these important resources than by asking the community
to christen them?
concern was that the streams were being neglected in campus
planning and in our environmental consciousness, says
Tim Bryson (above), librarian for South Asian and religious
studies and chair of the Stream Naming Committee. The
focus has been on saving trees, but the streams are just as
important. With no names, it was not easy for people to recognize
them or know they existed.
spring, Bryson and other members of the committee set out on
a campus-wide expedition to locate the various brooks, discovering
about twelve separate bodies of water. Once they had identified
them, they began soliciting suggestions from the entire University
community, including alumni, to name the four most visible ones:
those which flow through Baker Woodland, under the Cox Hall
bridge, under Peavine Creek Drive at Asbury House, and into
Candler Lake by way of the Lullwater driveway.
committee has received about a dozen submissions, each accompanied
by an explanation of its relevance to Emory and to the stream,
Bryson says. These will be whittled down to a few finalists,
which will be presented to the University Board of Trustees
for the ultimate selection, hopefully by the end of the spring
semester. After the first four are named, the committee will
be open to suggestions for the others as well.
have a lot of suggestions that are very interesting, because
the people who submitted them gave some historical background,
Bryson says. It has been a delight for us on the committee
to read these.
senior Kevin Goldberg, for instance, suggested the Baker Woodland
stream be named Paden Creek, in honor of Judge James Paden,
a DeKalb County pioneer who came to the area from South Carolina
in the 1820s. According to Goldberg, Paden has been all but
forgotten, although he once owned much of the land that is now
Emory, Emory Village, and the Druid Hills Country Club.
Ingersoll, associate vice president of arts and sciences development,
suggested that the Asbury House brook be named Cooper Creek
after Coach George Cooper 41C-52G,
who taught camping, hiking, and other outdoor sports.
Horne 86C offered the name Dooleys Grotto
for the Cox Hall stream, to honor the old Dooleys Den
and because it resembles a grotto.
and the committee hope that naming the streams will boost their
visibility and their value to the University campus, preventing
the kind of carelessness and pollution that have occasionally
raised concern in the past. Periodically, the stream that
runs under Woodruff Library issues forth in a variety of colors:
sometimes blue, sometimes white, sometimes green, says
Gerald B. Lowrey 81PhD,
senior director for the Association of Emory Alumni and a committee
member. If a stream actually has a name, theres
more of a connection that allows people to understand that we
need to do a better job of protecting it.
the need for that is crystal clear.P.P.P.
more information about the stream naming project, visit www.environment.emory.edu/who/streams.shtml.