On May 1, Spring Arbor University’s (SAU’s) German club wrapped up their year together with fond memories and plans for the future.
“It was a great year; tolles jahr,” said Professor Bowen, the faculty leader of the German club. Bowen is a 37 year
veteran of teaching German. He previously taught at Northwest Schools in Jackson.
Over the past year the German club has done many activities together, including a party where they cooked authentic German cuisine as a group. Several participants said this event as a favorite.
The club also hosted a German movie night in which “Lola Rennt” (Lola Run), a crime thriller following the character Lola who must get 10,000 German marks in 20 minutes to save her boyfriend’s life, was screened. Next year this event is planned around the movie “Das Wunder von Bern” (The Miracle of Bern), which follows the journey of a post-World War II soccer team.
During the year, the club took a field trip to Metzger’s in Ann Arbor to have authentic German food cooked for them. They plan to repeat the event again next year with the possibility of opening it up to prospective German students.
With plans to expand their activities, including making authentic German cookies for the community at Christmas time, the club looks forward to expanding their trips next year. Bowen suggested the possibility of taking a trip to Christkindlmarket, the German Christmas market that occurs in Chicago each year. “A lot of the vendors are straight from Germany,” Bowen said.
The German club plans to get new t-shirts next year for future members to enjoy and tossed around the idea of meeting up with the Wayne College and Michigan State University German Clubs.
At the close of their meeting each student told the group whether or not they would be able to stay in the club next year; graduating students who said they would not be able to come back were met with shouts of “Nein!”
Tiffany Whitley, a current member of the German club said, “It was cool to learn about the language…the culture and ‘inside’ of German. It’s really fun and interactive.”