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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, August 14, 1982-Page 3
Financial aid bill clears conmnittee
By FANNIE WEINSTEIN "I think that's (passage) rather likely," he said. According to Butts, the bill would bring the federal
In an expected move Thursday night, a Senate and "It's seldom that a conference report is rejected once BEOG allocation to almost $2.5 billion and would in-
House conference passed a supplemental bill that will it goes through all the negotiations." crease the maximum Pell Grant award for Univer-
provide an additional $217 million for federal student The bill is also subject to presidential approval. sity students from $1,674 to $1,800.
financial aid programs. "Assuming it passes," Butts explained, "there's still The $77 million increase in the SEOG Program
The conference's recommendation will now be sent heqstnofwehrhepsdntilsgnt r would bring the total SEOG allocation to more than
to both houses of Congress for final approval, the question of whether the president will sign it or wudbigtettlSO loaint oeta
veto bit s$307 million and could provide the University with an
THOMAS BUTTS, an assistant to the University veto it. additional $250,000.
vice president for academic affairs, said he does not OF THE FUNDS provided for in the appropriations Originally, the University expected to receive
expect the House of Representatives to vote on the bill, $140 million will go to the Basic Educational Op- about $990,000 in SEOG funds, a 25 percent reduction
bill before Wednesday. He said he was unsure when a portunity Grant (BEOG) Program, also known as from its 1981-82 federal allocation. In the BEOG
Senate vote would take place. Pell Grants. The remaining funds will go to the Sup- Program, the University was scheduled to receive
Full congressional approval of the additional aid is plemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) $ million, a 12 percent cutfrom last year.
likely, according to Butts. Program.
Supreme Court was upset with
execution delay, says 'U'pro
0= 250= 5 000
later, near future. "I think gradually, as Gary Gi"more 398
By JERRY ALIOTTA Coppola insisted he did not commit people exhaust their remedies, there
The Supreme Court's refusal to stay the murder for which he was convicted, will be in the next couple of years a lot540
the execution of Frank Coppola shows but refused tor appeal his death senten- more executions, he said.
the high court's growing impatience ce. The nation's death row populations
with last-minute attempts to block the Kamisar suggested the court's have grown to record levels, reports Jess Bshop 565
death penalty, according to University decision was influenced by Coppola's show. A recent count compiled by the
law Prof. Yale Kamisar. unwillingness to fight the execution. NAACP Legal Defense and Educational steen Jdy39
The high court's decision signals "IT EXPLAINS why the Supreme Fund, showed 1,038 men and women on
lower courts not to delay executions in- Court disposed of it so quickly, because death row last June in the more than 30 Frank Coppola 1019
definitely, Kamisar said. The court is he (Coppola) had ample time to fight states with a death penalty.
saying "let's stop this last-minute stuff, the case and did not instruct his Kamisar said the Supreme Court's
there comes a point when litigation lawyers to do so," he said. ruling on Coppola tells lawyers that UNIVERSITY LAW Professor Yale
must come to an end," he said. Only five men have been executed legal "pyrotechnics" will not be enough UNISIT LAW Professor sl
A FEDERAL appeals court judge since the death penalty was revived in to save a condemned criminal's life. Kamissr predicts that the number of
had blocked the electrocution of the 38- 1976. Four of them, including Coppola, The decision was significant because ciase in the coming years because off
year-old Coppola Tuesday, but five chose not to pursue further appeals. some of these justices found it the omin ers ecas off
members of the Supreme Court voted to Kamisar said he expects the number necessary to have the execution carriedof Frank Coppola.
overturn that ruling less than six hours of executions to increase sharply in the out as scheduled," he said.
'U' glassblower adds
sparkle to science

ny aVar r -
Glass holds an important place in
today's society, according to Joel Bab-
"A lot of people take glass for gran-
ted, and I'm one of them," said Babbit.
"But take a look around you. If
everybody was without the use of glass
around the world, they'd be ata loss."
Babbit may be more enthusiastic
about glass than most people, and with
good reason. He, along with co-worker
Pete Severin, operate for the Univer-
sity one of the few scientific
glassblowing shops still in existence.
THE SHOP, located in the basement
of the Chemistry Building, handles an
average of 100 projects a month. Com-
missions involve - everything from
making flasks and beakers to
distillation units for the University's
scientific departments.
Babbit is one of only 1,000 such craf-
tsmen left in the nation. His work, he
stresses, is not just a science, it's an
"It's definitely an art-the art of
scientific glassblowing," he said. "It
does require a certain amount of dex-
terity and visual symmetry. I don't
think it would hurt for a blower to have
a certain amount of artistic
The shop, however, is inhibited from
attracting more business because of the
lack of recognition, according to Bab-
"IT'S unfortunate, but I still find that
there are individuals at the University
that don't know the shop exists," he
Babbit, who has worked with
glassblowing for 25 years, joined the
University staff in 1979. Although he
earned more money by working for

commercial businesses, Babbit claims
he enjoys his University position the
"I like it because you're closer with
the people using the glassware-the
scientists. In industry, you were
working with purchasing agents and
you were further removed from it."
BESIDES working in the shop, Bab-
bit serves as co-chairman of the Great
Lakes section of the American Scien-
tific Glassblowers Association and lec-
tures occasionally about his craft to
University classes.
He currently is tutoring a special ap-
prentice-his 20-year-old son, Jeff.
"I feel more comfortable with him
than with anyone else," said Babbit's
son. "He gives me a little more leeway,
but there's a certain amount of work
that must get done. He gets on me if it
isn't done."
BABBIT expects his son to have a
much easier time learning the craft. "It
used to be very secretive-people
worked behind high walls protecting
their techniques. Now ideas are very
open," he said.
Babbit's skills also come in handy in
a variety of other fields, including the
legal profession.
"A case may come up where a pop
bottle bursts in a kid's face," said Bab-
bit. "Ifa lawyer wants to know why the
bottle broke, I reconstruct the bottle
and determine by the crack what took
place-normal stress or physical
Although the field may seem to be
dying out, Babbit predicts better things
for the future.
"The renaissance in glassblowing has
really grown in the last years," he said.
"We are more dedicated to exchanging
ideas and techniques than ever before."

ONE OF THE UNIVERSITY'S own scientific glassblowers, Joel Babbit,
creates another of his many beakers in his Chemistry Building basement
shop. Babbit supplies roughly 100 works each month to the University's
scientific departments.

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