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A Stern Warning

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The dean sternly warned the undergraduates in her office that no more such pranks -- defacing school property and costing an inordinate amount of labor to rectify -- would be tolerated. Nonetheless, her brief smile as they departed belied her

tone, implying that she at least partly acknowledged their cleverness.