September 4, 2001
Class of '05 sets its roots
By Eric Rangus email@example.com
The Class of 2005 is the first to take part in what looks to be Emorys
newest tradition: The planting of its own tree.
A roughly 12-foot-high sugar maplea tree indigenous to the areanow
stands in the small clearing between the Callaway Building and the north
side of Candler Library. A plaque at its base signifies it as the class
About 200 students and faculty members walked to the edge of the Quad
following convocation to witness and, in some cases, take part in the
informal 20-minute ceremony.
After brief words from President Bill Chace and Emory College Dean Bobby
Paul, several in attendance read poems that honored trees. English Professor
John Sitter read first, reciting a poem titled Money, which
was written by the American poet A.R. Ammons, who died earlier this year.
Other readers included Paul; Peter Dowell, senior associate dean of Emory
College; Sally Wolff King, associate dean of Emory College; and University
Secretary Gary Hauk.
Speaking as an anthropologist, there are many cultures that plant a tree when a child is born, Paul said afterward, describing the Class of 2005 metaphorically. This is a very good beginning.