German students present their culture
AJ Thurman | Collegio Reporter
The sound of German pop music, the scent of unfamiliar cuisine and images of Germany awaited students at the international gathering on Friday, Oct. 5, in Grubbs Hall.
The event marked the first German-inspi
red gathering PSU had seen in several years.
A long line wound around Grubbs as guests waited to feast on traditional German food like kartoffelsalat, much like potato salad, and rote grütze mit vanillesoße, strawberry pudding topped with vanilla sauce.
“I had never tried that kind of potato salad before,” said Azaliya Yalalova, junior in financial management. “But it was really good. The dessert was really nice as well.”
Bread, drinks, rice topped with soup and some other non-German food was provided by residents.
Four German international students: Nick Müller, Fliliz Yildiz, Janis Wahl and Florian Wegener organized the event with help from the community.
After the food was served, Wahl, junior in business, started the presentation, beginning with a debunking of some common misconceptions about Germany.
“We are at least under the top-five beer drinkers in the world,” said Wahl in a comment that drew laughter.
Wahl tackled other stereotypes about Germans, such as the belief that all Germans are obsessed with soccer or that they can drive as fast as they want on the autobahn.
After teaching guests about German culture and history, the topic turned to something that grabbed the audience’s attention.
“Not all Germans are naked at the beach,” said Müller, senior in finance. “There exists a culture called ‘free body culture,’ translated into German is called Freikörperkultur, or FKK.”
Müller discussed how FKK is somewhat of a nudist colony. He says they do many activities naked, like go to the beach or play sports.
“Don’t be embarrassed,” Müller said, as pictures of blurred naked people appeared on the screen.
The audience stayed engaged as the topic changed to Oktoberfest and beer.
“In 16 days, 7.1 million liters of beer are brought to Munich, Bavaria,” said Yildiz, junior in industrial engineering and management. “I think this is an important part of the Bavarian culture because the goal of Oktoberfest is to get all people from all over the world together and celebrate and have fun…and drink beer.”
Valerie Messer says she wasn’t sure what to expect when she came to the event.
“I was really impressed by the presentation. I thought it was really funny,” said Messer, sophomore in history. “I laughed a lot. They were really clever and made it really fun.”
Henna Vayrynen, from Finland, says he picked up some interesting facts about German culture even though he’s been to Germany before.
“I didn’t know that you couldn’t drive as fast as you wanted on the autobahn,” said Varynen, senior in political science. “I really liked the presentation as well; it was very well done and humorous.”