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MAROON LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA FEBRUARY 12 1976 VOL. Lll NQ 15 Quake: Questions of home by Linda Delery I woke up last Wednesday morning as I do every morning-I can't get started without tuning in to the TODAY show and listening to Lew Wood's mellow voice belt out the news. .. "An earthquake has rocked Guatemala killing about 3,000 people and leaving thousands more homeless. . . The earthquake was centered in Guatemala City, the capital of that country," he added. "Oh my God!" was all I could say, as I sat there, paralyzed with fear thinking of my mother, sister, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins living in Guatemala City. My hands shaking and my pulse racing, I reached for the phone. I dialed Mother's number in Guatemala. There was a pause, then a recorded voice began in a flat monotone: "Sorry. All the circuits are busy. Try your tall again." Panic. I didn't have a newspaper. 1 was afraid to go out for one because the phone might ring while I was gone. 1 called a friend. "There's been a horrible earthquake in Guatamala," 1 said. "Do you know anything about it?" He had already read the morning paper. "There's nothing in the paper about the earthquake," he said. It must have just happened, I thought. 'Try the Spanish radio station," he suggested. I thanked him and hung up. But I was too keyed up to turn on the radio. Instead, I kept calling Guatamala, without success. Then I called a friend of my mother who lives in New Orleans I knew that her daughter lived in Guatemala. "Estella, have you heard about the earthquake?" Before she answered, I added: "I'm petrified." "Don't worry," she said. "Lorraine just called 15 minutes ago from Guatamala. She said the earthquake was horrible. The beds were shaking around the room. Plaster was falling off the walls. Chandeliers fell from the ceiling. Everything was broken inside her house but they were all fine. No one was hurt." "How far does she live from my mother's house?" I asked. "Just a few blocks," she answered. "Don't worry; 111 keep in touch with Lorraine. I'll tell her to get in touch with your mother to be sure that everybody's okay in your family." I felt a little better when she said the area where my mother lived had not been destroyed. I thanked her and hungup the phone. What to do next? My friend called back, and told me radio station KGLA was broadcasing more news about the quake in Spanish. "Right now they're rattling off the zones that were struck the worst. What zone does your mother live in?" "Zone 10," I said. "I'm not sure but I think that's one of the ones that was struck," he said. Panic again. I didn't want to talk to him anymore. I just wanted to get to the radio station and hear for myself. 1 tuned in KGLA just as they were announcing the zones which had been hit the worst: "uno. . .cinco. . .siete.. .diez y nueve." Ten was not mentioned. The phone rang again. Guatemala, I thought. But instead it was a female voice saying: "Linda,. . .1 just wanted to tell y0u..." "Hold on a minute," I said and dropped the phone without knowing who it was. I had to get back to the radio to finish the newscast. It ended with statistics on the dead and descriptions of the four minutes of horror which had shaken my mother's country. It was a friend calling to tell me that she knew a ham radio operator who might be able to call Guatamala. But I knew no one in Guatamala who might take the transmission. I thanked her and hung up. All I could think of now was: Keep the phone free. Someone may call from Guatamala with news. The line would not stay free. Other friends called. It was frustrating. I appreciated their concern, but just now they couldn't help. What I needed was one call from Guatamala. By now it was 8:30 and local news was on. . .It seemed like five hours since I had been shaking and grappling for any bit of news I could get. Jeanne Nathan more or less repeated what I had already heard. Nine Thirty. It was now six-and-a-half hours since the earthquake. Surely I would have heard something by now if they were hurt, I thought. The phone kept ringing all morning. Concerned people inquiring about my family or offering help. At 11:30 my cousin called from Chicago. He had gotten through to Guatemala, and both our families were alright. My whole body went limp as relief replaced the anxiety I had felt. "They're okay," I thought. "They're all okay, Thank God." Guatemalan residents who live near their capital city survey the wreckage last week's earthquake caused. Thorn Crandall (inset), A&S junior, is collecting money in the Danna Center for the relief of the survivors. Times-Picavune photo by: Burt Steel. Collections continue for quake victims "NEEDED- Not Sympathy or Words of Concern, but Money for Medicines and Non-Perishable Foods." Thom Crandall, an A&S junior, stood in front of a poster in Danna Center on Monday announcing a campus collection for victims of the Feb. 4 Guatemalan earthquake . "Since 9:30 this morning, I've collected about $80," he said. "I'll be here between all my classes today through Friday, collecting money and non-perishable foods." Crandall hascontacted department heads and campus fraternities and sororities. He said they have agreed to match his collections. He also secured permission from the Rev. Patrick Phillips, S.J., to pass a collection plate in Ignatius Chapel at the noon and 5 p.m. masses this week. Students have been steadily donating since Crandall initiated the relief program. "People have been great, really generous. I think we'll probably surpass our $200 goal," he said. On Monday alone Crandall collected $336.92. The figure now stands at $776 andhe has raised the goal to SlOOO. Crandall said the money and food will be turned over to the American Red Cross for distribution in Guatemala. Grand Jury hearing set today for Vidrine A grand jury preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 5 in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Tulane fraternity member two weeks ago was postponed until today. The grand jury will decide whether a charge of murder is warranted against the defendant, Randell Vidrine, also a Tulane student. Results of the hearing will be made known today or Friday. The district attorney will present the case to the grand jury. Witnesses will also be called to the hearing. One of four charges will be given by the grand jury. If murder one, murder two, or manslaughter are decreed, trial preparations will begin. If a "no true bill" decision is reached, Vidrine would go free. This would occur if substantiating evidence and testimoney are lacking. The bail hearing also was postponed. Vidrine's lawyer, Paul Tate, said his client's parents could not post a bond for their son, which usually runs from 550,000 toS 100.000 for murder. If one of the lesser ges is established, Vidrine's defense itorneys will request proper bail.
|Masthead||The Maroon Vol. 52 No. 15|
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