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For Cornell's summer students, Cascadilla Gorge serves as a short-cut to class, a study hall, and a relaxation center. The overhanging trees and rushing water keep the gorges cool even on the hottest summer days. Flat rocks jutting out of the water beckon local picnickers, while upperclassmen taking a study break sunbathe, nap, and meditate nearby.

Freshmen getting a little fresh air while finishing the first-year summer reading project before orientation begins often recognize one another by the jackets of their books -- the orange-covered Guns, Germs, and Steel in 2001, Frankenstein in 2002, and Sophocles' Antigone in 2003.

Panorama: WPG