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Annenberg gift

The Annenberg School for Communication will receive from the Annenberg Foundation a new, $100 million endowment gift that, in its first year, will support scholarships, faculty chairs and classroom refurbishing. The same amount was also given to the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California.

In a joint statement Sept. 19, Leonore and Wallis Annenberg, the foundation’s president and vice president, respectively, cited the impact the schools have had on society by improving children’s television and minimizing teen risky behaviors, for example. “This gift will ensure that the important work of the schools will continue into the next century and beyond.”

Low energy

The numbers keep going down, but that’s a good thing. During the 2002 fiscal year, Penn used about 364 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, a measure of the amount of energy consumed, compared to the approximate 370 million used in 2001. Similar savings were made in kilowatts (kW) of electrical demand, which measures the maximum amount of power delivered—57,670 this year compared to 67,883 last year.

Because the ratio of total kWh to maximum kW is small, the cost of the energy is cheaper. University Engineer Juan Suarez used this analogy: “If you use a big tractor trailer to deliver just one chair, it’s going to cost more than if you use the tractor to deliver several pieces of furniture.” In other words, to get savings you should make more efficient use of the machinery that delivers energy. The new numbers even include an increase in consumption that occurred due to new or renovated space.

Oops!

The correct hours for House of Our Own Bookstore (“Out and About,” Current, Sept. 5) are Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5p.m.

Originally published on October 3, 2002