Students Work Up a Sweat in Northern Illinois U. Summer Course

Ah, the life of academic toil.

In "Xtreme Lit," a summer class offered by Northern Illinois University, students read authors such as Edward Abbey and Jon Krakauer, romp through the mountains of Colorado for three weeks, and learn to rock-climb and fly-fish. They also receive six academic credits, the equivalent of a year-long course.

The class is taught by Don Hardy, an English professor at Northern