The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVI, No. 55-S
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, July 28, 1976
LARGEST SINCE ALASKA IN '64
Massive quake rocks China
Tremors reach 8.2
on Richter scale
HONG KONG P) - The largest earthquake recorded in the
world since 1964 struck northeast China and the capital of Peking
early today, sending residents fleeing into the streets in panic,
A duty officer at the U. S. liaison mission in Peking, contacted
by telephone, said he had no information on casualties or damage
in Peking and tlopeh province.
HE ADDED there were no reports of injuries in Peking's
small foreign community and the U. S. mission building was not
The duty officer said the tremors sent many Peking resi-
dents running outside in their pajamas.
Leroy Irby, a geophysicist at the U. S. Earthquake Informa-
tion Service in Golden, Colo., said the epicenter of the quake
was not known but it would be about 111 miles southeast of Pe-
IT REGISTERED 8.2 on the open-ended Richter scale, he
said, "and with the size of this one, damage would be expected."
The epicenter would be near Tientsin. a port city of 4.3 mil-
lion population, up the Yun Ito River from the coast.
The Italian news agency Ansa, in a dispatch from Peking,
said several aftershocks followed the quake that hit before dawn.
Authorities warned foreign residents to evacuate tall build-
ings and spend the day and night in embassies housed in low
structures, Ansa said. It reported the capital's workers were go-
ing to their jobs but many elderly people and children remained
out in the streets and soldiers patrolled the downtown area.
THE ITALIAN agency said there were piles of debris at the
entrances of many old buildings, but the ancient section of Peking
apparently withstood the tremors. It reported that everything ap-
peared normal in front of the residence of Communist party chair-
man Mao Tse-tung and other public buildings.
Dogs began barking just before the quake struck, Ansa said,
awakening many residents.
The Peking correspondent for Tanjug, a Yugoslav news ag-
ency, reported the first shock rocked Peking for about two min-
utes. He reported it cracked walls and broke windows in some
buildings occupied by foreigners.
BOTH THE Ansa and Tanjug reports said no information was
See CHINA, Page 10
PRESIDENT FORD and former Texas governor John Connally meet with reporters outside the
White House yesterday after Connally announced his support of Ford for the Republica presi-
VP SPOT STILL OPEN:
Connally backs Ford
WASHINGTON (PM - Former
Texas Gov. John Connally an-
nounced yesterday that he is
ending his neutrality and coming
out "unequivocally" in support
of President Ford for the Re-
The announcement was made
with Ford standing by following
a meeting between the two men
at the White House.
FORD introduced Connally as
"a very old and good friend,".
but the President said the de-
cision on who will be his run-
ning mate is still open to "any
Connally said that he decided
tannounce his backing of Ford
following the announcement that
Ronald Reagan has selected Sen.
Richard Sclhweiker of Pennsyl-
vania as his running mate.
"I think it's quite clear be-
tween the two men that the
President is unmistakably the
better choice, not only for the
party but for the country," Con-
HE SAID his statement had
no thing to do with his chances
of being picked as Ford's run-
ning mate but he felt that the
time had come to end the battle
bk een Ford and Reagan "as
quickly as possible."-
Earlier in the day it was an-
nounced that Ford would per-
sonally return to the nomina-
tion battle with a trip to Mis-
sissippi to woo 30 uncommitted
Press Secretary Ron Nessen
said that as far as he knew,
the decision to visit Mississippi
had no relation to Reagan's an-
nouncementeof Schweiker as a
REAGAN'S vice presidential
move has, at least for now,
caused almost no significant
moves of delegates in either
direction. President Ford head-
quarters in Washington said
their tally of 92 of Pennsyl-
vania's 103 delegates found two
shifting from Ford to Reagan
and two from Reagan to Ford.
There was reaction from one
powerful non-delegate, tho ugh,
when New Hampshire Gov. Mel-
drim Thomson withdrew his
longtime support for Reagan,
calling the selection of Schwei-
ker "a crass political maneu-
Thomson said he was turning
down a request to be one of
Reagan's nominating speakers
at the Republican national con-
vention in Kansas City And said
Reagan might win the GOP
nomination, but "he will surely
lose the election."
Nessen has indicated that Ford
will not select a running mate
until after the convention votes
on a presidential nominee.
By MIKE NORTON states that the University of Michigan "shall
According to an ancient and little-known be open to all persons resident of this state,
state law, every dollar of tuition paid to this without charge of tuition." A similar law ap-
University by Michigan residents should be plies to Michigan State University, though all
returned to them - and the Board of Regents other state institutions are allowed to charge
thrown so jail, to boot. The law states very tuition.
clearly that the University has no right to "I remember stumbling across it a few
charge tuition to any state resident. years ago, myself," Daane says of the 1857
But before you rush over to the Student statute. "And I was surprised when I saw
Accounts Office to demand your money back it - until I assured myself it was unconsti-
(or to the police department to swear out a tutional."
warrant against Deane Baker), you might AND ALAS, it's true. A quick reading of the
- want to know something else: the law itself 1908 state constitution shows Daane to be
is probably just as illegal. correct. Article 8, Section S gives the Board
"IT'S BLATANTLY unconstitutional, of of Regents "general supervision of its insti-
course," said University attorney Roderick tution, and the control and direction of all
Daane. "And it's been judged so by the court exnenditures from the institution's funds,"
in a number of cases" But if that sounds vague enough to leave
The statute in question-Chapter 390, Sec- some doubt in vour mind, you might thumb
tion 13 of the Michigan Compiled Laws- See OBSCURE, Page 10
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