A polished Peabody Library
Two-year renovation updates historic home of reference
A brighter, more open and vibrant George Peabody
Library awaits a university community and public that have
not been able to set foot in the historic, Victorian-era
institution for nearly two years. The George Peabody
Library, part of the university's Sheridan Libraries, will
celebrate its recently completed renovation and grand
reopening on May 8 with a gala to be held at its 17 E.
Mount Vernon Place home.
Sommer to step down in 2005
Alfred Sommer, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School
of Public Health for 14 years, announced last week that he
will step down in September 2005 to return to research and
teaching. By then, he said, the time will have come for a
new dean, with lots of energy and new vision, to take the
helm of a school at the "top of its game."
Thinking Out Loud
For most of the past 25 years, the "sticker price" of
a college education has been rising steadily, outpacing the
consumer price index. We in higher education have developed
a plausible explanation of why this is so, and we also
point out that the net cost to the student (that is,
tuition minus financial aid) has remained at or below the
general level of inflation.