Excerpt from Sefer, 1989, Vol. 16
The Pond's influence was gentling, even before there were shrubs or trees or grass to enhance it. It was a promise somehow, that there would be greening, and healthy growth. Gradually, the Pond became home to minnows and tadpoles, and grass began to grow from soil at the bottom of the water. Soon the sky began to be filled with visiting sea birds who came by to dip into the Pond on their way to larger bodies of water. Dr. Jim Barrier of the Biology Department surmised the gulls carried seeds on their feet, and eggs perhaps, of small creatures and when birds dipped into the water for refreshment, they left these seeds and eggs behind. Later, when the seeds were germinated and eggs hatched, the birds returned to caharvest, once again bringing eggsand seeds on their feet. Soon cranes and herons and wild ducks also found the Pond, descended to investigate, and some stayed on to become pets. Many varieties of ducks learned to expect dining hall tidbits from students' plates in addition to seeds and grass. The Pond became a symbol of time and nature at work. Of past, present and future. No fountain nor electric lights were needed to make it dramatic. The skies that changed the color of the water every moment, and the wild birds were enough. Later, the Chapel spire confirmed the reflective title. Students sat at pondside and mused upon what they saw mirrored in the waters, and pondered as to what they would do with their lives. Reflection by the Reflection Pond gradually became a cherished Baptist College tradition.
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