Education: Debbie & Gamma Phi

The red brick Gamma Phi Beta sorority house on Hilyard Street is one of the handsomest at the University of Oregon. Strategically surrounded by fraternities, its green lawn slopes away to a mill race that meanders through the campus. One morning last month, sorority row was alive with the news that the Gamma Phi lawn had been desecrated by a seven-foot fiery cross. Sorority members vowed they didn't know who had brought the Ku Klux symbol, but they knew why. One of their sisters, Sophomore Debbie Burgess of Astoria, had been dating a Negro, DeNorval Unthank of Portland, a husky senior...

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