Education: Summer Scholars

Across the U.S., summer schools were buzzing like clover patches. Gone is the concept of the summer-camp campus, peopled by bored schoolteachers and hostile flunkees; in their place are ambitious students who are turning the dolce far níente of the hot months into a time of busy—and sometimes oddball—learning.

Out in the Arizona desert, University of Maryland Senior Eileen Van Tassell is using $2,000 worth of transistorized tape-recording equipment to eavesdrop on water beetles and classify their sounds. At Stanford Arthur Bleich, 27, is studying film production by making a 7½-minute documentary called The Rise and Fall of the American Breast—"a serious...

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