Monday, October 18, 2010

Oktoberfest at RBS Written By Martin Esser

          On October 12 the time had come: Rutgers Business School (RBS) inaugurated its first little Oktoberfest for MBA students, hosted by the International Student Organization (ISO) and organized by a group of first-year students.
          Carried out on the 2nd floor lounge of 1 Washington Park, the event attracted 136 curious students over a two-hour period. To celebrate one of the most famous festivals in Germany, held annually in Munich at the beginning of October, the organizational committee provided imported “Paulaner Weissbier”, a typical Oktoberfest beer from Munich, authentic bread-based pretzels and blue-white Bavarian decorations. The atmosphere was rounded off with typical Bavarian festival music and pictures, displayed on the screens around the lounge. Students were invited to mingle, talk and enjoy a piece of traditional German culture.
          The core of the organizational committee consisted of an international mix of MBA students and a Rutgers American Studies major directly from Munich, who attended the event in the traditional dress, the “Dirndl”, as worn by many women during the festival.
          The Oktoberfest attracts more than 5 million people every year and is an important part of Bavarian culture. The festival is held in an area named the “Theresienwiese” (field/meadow named after the former Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, who was one of the initiators of the event in 1811), often called “Wiesn” for short, located near Munich's centre.
          The event was received well by students and staff and represented the kick-off event of the ISO this semester.

Lena Prummer (Germany), Ömercan Karaduman (Turkey), Fang-Yu Hsu (Taiwan), Anjum Malkana (USA), Alok Sarsidharan (India), Martin Esser (Germany).

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