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“The north wall is entirely faculty offices,” says Hansen, the architect, squiggling with a laser pointer. “And entirely windows.”

“Yes.” The president nods firmly. “I like that message–our walls as transparent as our policy, symbolizing a free and open dialogue between educators and educated. Well done, both of you! I’ll have to work that into the groundbreaking speech…”

Dean Beckwith coughs.

“Actually, the construction was requested for a different reason,” says Hansen, a little stiffly.


“Er, yes,” says the dean. “To help deter students from offering… favors for grades.”

“You’ll notice,” Hansen says, “that the design includes no curtains.”