Outside the classroom

A day in the life

Outside the classroom

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You don't have to be taking German classes to join the German student society.

September, Oktober...fest!

Classes aren’t the only things that start up again every September. Just as new students are finding their way around campus, returning students set up tables in the Student Union Building to show another side of Dal: the numerous undergraduate societies that give students opportunities to meet new people and let off some steam outside class.

There are all kinds of societies appealing to every interest—from the Dal Swing society, where you can learn the old-school moves you need to hit the dance-floor, to the Dal Magic Society or to DalOUT, which organizes a monthly event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals on the Dal campus.

And almost every program or major at Dal is represented by a student society: English, biology, neuroscience, Spanish—you name it. And, of course, German.

Kristen Kukula, pictured above, was the president of the Dalhousie German Society for the 2010-2011 academic year. And yes, for special events, she really did don the traditional puffed-sleeve blouse and dirndl skirt to get into the spirit of things.

Every October, the DGS plans an Oktoberfest celebration, with sausage, sauerkraut, and a pint or two of foamy lager. But the best part: you don’t have to be a German student to participate—Kukula herself is a biology major.

On top of the several events celebrating Oktoberfest, the DGS also organizes a Glühwein Feier, or mulled wine party, in December, and the “Tag für Deutsch” event in early Spring. Students participating in the day-long event speak only German as they prepare a meal together and play games.

Visit the DGS Facebook page for more information and for photos of their fun events. And for more on student societies at Dal, read the Dal News article "A sweet intro to Dal societies."