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25 years ago: Fraternity members cope with exams after house fire

May 15, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 15, 1987:

Members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, whose house had been damaged by fire in April, were approaching the end of the school year under slightly better conditions than they had expected immediately after the fire, considering many of their belongings had been destroyed. "I really thought that they would have let us out of finals and they did not," said Paul Burmaster, a graduating senior, adding that most of the fraternity members had had to borrow books and notes from other students in order to study. "Of course I really don't know how good I did but I would have done better with my own stuff." Professors varied in their reactions to the incident, ranging from one who did allow a student to skip finals to another who told a fraternity member, "We all have our minor setbacks at the end of the semester."

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