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4B - The Michigan Daily Weekend Magazine - Thursday, April 9, 1998







The Michigan Daily We(

Loyd provides helpful, friendly
service to A2 post office customers

Prof. Brian Coppola takes on the world

By Joanne Alnjar
Daily Arts Writer

While his acconi
to his students - he

By Steve Glick
l,, r the Daily
Newv man from "Seinfeld." Cliff
C(ljvin from "Cheers" and ienry
Lo d from Ann Arbor -what do
they all have in common? They are
all exceptional United States postal
w\orkers ... well, except for Newman.
who is always using his mail truck to
run scams with Kramer.
Then there's Cliff Clavin. whose
continuous drinking sometimes
becomes more important than his job.
At least we in Ann Arbor still have
Loyd, the real-life post office
employee who loves his job and is
appreciated by many.
Loyd . who worked until last Friday

fun to consider it work."
Mark Fancher. a visiting clinical
professor at the Law School, is a fre-
quent customer at the
Arcade office.
"I always feel extra-H n y
ordinary wa h here; Postal
he said while adresn

His post office desk bears a sign with
his name written in Korean, and Henry
reminisced about how a woman from
Korea once recognized



his sign. He said that
after a long conversa-
tion, the two realized
that they were related.
Loyd has always
Arbor and began deliv-
high school. After serv-

an envelope at the
office one morning this past week.
"Henry is extremely helpful and friend-
ly. He's patient with all the people.
"He's the best example of why the
bad rap that post office workers get is
a myth."
As Fancher pointed out, Loyd is a
unique person. In addition to work-
ing in the Nickels Arcade post office,

lived in Ann
ering mail in

at the Nickels
Arcade post office
and will soon


to the new
o ffice, is

"I play al
office. I
mi'5, f,,a

probably best-
nown for the onside-r
Hershey Kisses
that he doles out
on Valentine's Day. Ann Ar
But at all times of
the year, the friendly Loyd greets all
his customers with a smile and tells
them to "come by and see me again.
Loyd said he genuine ly enjoys his
job. "I play at the post office." he
said. "Sometimes I have too much

t the post
have too
n t
rit work."
- Henry Loyd
rbor postal worker

he also runs
marathons. With
more than 100
other postal
employees from
across America,
he recently ran
the Centennial
Boston Marathon.
All the runners
were given spe-
cial post office

ing two years in the army, he worked
for McDonald's before taking a job
with General Motors. Fifteen years
ago, when General Motors laid him
off, Loyd decided to return to the
U.S. Postal Service. He worked his
way up from servicing stamp
machines to the desk day job that he
now holds.
The post office in Nickels Arcade
where Loyd has been working for so
long is moving this week to'a new
location on South University. He said
that he "hates to lose his customers
over here," but he added that the post
office needs a bigger location.
Students from another part of cam-
pus will now get the opportunity to
meet Loyd in the new office. As
Brian Sigler, an LSA senior, said,
"(Loyd 's) by far the nicest guy ever."
If his new customers are as appre-
ciative, Lovd should have no prob-
lem making new friends on South
University Avenue.

In his high school yearbook, one student wrote to Dr. Brian P. teaching more thai
Coppola: "One day your take on the world will take you far or land Coppola's life. Betv
you in jail." surfing the Internet;
His take on the world landed him at the University where, at just 41 art media,-he still f
years old, this energetic associate professor entertains his organic as read. "I have a b
chemistry students in a way that most can't. tall as I am; Copp
His education began in New Hampshire. He graduated from the He also draws an
University of New Hampshire with a degree in
chemistry, then earned a Ph.D. from the D n C' l
University of Wisconsin-Madison. But not allof
his school days were successful ... Chemistry professor
"I was actually not that interested in staying at
my first-grade class on the first day," he said,
saying he pleaded with his teacher to take him home. "Then on the happy to explore in
second day of first grade, I cried to stay and not go home. Go figure." His music collec
After teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, he diverse sounds whic
moved to Ann Arbor in 1986 to pursue what he called a well-sup- just "propel out of
ported endeavor to educate people and flourish in his scholarly inter- Wayne, Third Eye E
est. Beatles, The Nylon
"Because it is not usual to have faculty whose area of scholarly Fleetwood Mac an
interest is in education-related matters centered in departments like "People should g
chemistry, U-M has turned out to be a unique and rewarding envi- music with tiem,"
ronment for me to work in;' Coppola said. Students taking C
Since arriving on the University campus, his goal has been to influ- enthralled by his te
ence in some way every person he meets, and hopefully help them well. Baggy pants,
learn something from the encounter. Coppola said one of his greatest norm. When asked
rewards is being able to accomplish this goal by teaching. answer is any place
"The worst thing to me is to cross paths with someone ... and to stores off of State S
end up with no impact or change," he said. "Discovery, continuous Dr. Brian Copp
learning, self-discovery -- I want these things for myself so I try to peers and the futur
be quite explicit about these things for others:" down to earth throe

iplishments and teaching ability are quite obvious
e has won the esteemed Golden Apple award for
n once - there are many more dimensions to
ween working out at the CCRB every morning,
and adding to his extensive collection of various
inds time to lecture on styles of teaching, as well
acklog of books to read that is probably twice as
ola said.
d co-writes a cartoon strip with two of his former
undergraduate research students. The cartoon,
titled "Under the Hood," appears in a quarterly
magazine called The Chemical Intell igencer.
Coppola's busy schedule of teaching and
research doesn't allow for more extensive art
projects, which he said he would be more than
his rare spare time.
ction, not surprisingly, is a combination of many
ch he said are used to either reinforce his mood or
it." In his collection are titles from Fountains of
Blind, Paula Cole, Billy Joel, Letters to Cleo, The
ns, Blessed Union of Souls, Barenaked Ladies,
d Jewel.
go to museums more, and they should bring their
Coppola said.
Coppola's chemistry classes say they are not only
eaching skills, but by his unique fashion sense as
earrings, silver rings and a chain.watch are his
where he shops, he replied, "What a question! The
cheap, which pretty much leaves out most of the
ola has made a large impact on his students, his
e of chemistry, but nevertheless manages to remain
ugh it all. One of his major concerns for the future

Prof. Brian
is the direc
oriented m
my view."
His solui
as my colla
tions to the
back about
In all, hi
tation: "Or

running uniforms, he said. He has
been jogging for six years.
Loyd said he also is learning to
speak Korean. Loyd has a friend in
Ann Arbor who teaches him Korean
while he helps his friend with English.

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Henry Loyd always has a smile on his face to greet post office customers.

By Kerr! Murphy
Daily Arts Writer
It's time to make the donuts ... no,
actually, it's time to make the bagels.
It's 5:30 a.m., campus is deserted and
the sun is barely high enough to shed
light on the desolate sidewalks of State
Street. So who is up besides the birds
at this outrageotus hour?' Einstein Bros.
Bagels employees, to name a few.
"Normally I'm here by myself
except for one girl who comes in and
bakes with me at 5:30. It's better with
someone else," said Einstein manager
Dawn Vandepitte, as she rushed
around brewing coffee, setting out
juice and baking hundreds of bagels
in the back of the store.
"I bake about 450 bagels in the
morning, which is about two and a
half racks, but I should really be mak-
ing three racks since its Friday,"
Vandepitte said.
It's no secret that Einstein is a hot
spot for the rush of hungry, sleepy-
eyed students in the morning. Lines
can be seen extending almost outside
the door for that warm bagel, schmear
and hot cup of joe.

aa s
anLinstd eerye es
asoy sbwithwhraing
"omeagels imk
sle siod.eLnea
Otaey ptanelosings a
say eaboyutheworing.
so arahyin teoaniSng.

The friendly staff of Einstein provides students with their morning bagel fix.

But students aren't the only ones
who benefit from employees' early
morning efforts.
"In the morning it's all the same
people. I know everyone who comes
in, I know how

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at 6:30 every Eistie mp o e s have. It's nice -
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many students really nice peo-
even have their ple," Vandepitte
eyes open. Although quiet for a couple said.
of hours before the pre-class rush, Around 6:15, Vandepitte was still
lines quickly form as the campus rushing around as a customer tried the
awakes. door prematurely.
"At 10 minutes after the hour the "Cream! I always forget one thing
lines are ridiculous!" Vandepitte said. every morning," Vandepitte said.

By 7 a.m., Vandepitte was joined by
student employees to face the rush of
Einstein on State Street employs 47
staff members from September to
April, but the numbers drop to 15 dur-
ing the summer when most students
want to work full-time.
But whether students are full-time
or part-time employees, being around
bagels on a regular basis seems to
yield the same results.
When asked how she feels about
bagels since having worked at
Einstein, Vandepitte said: "I don't eat
bagels. I've worked here for two and
half years - I order out a lot"

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