Reporter’s Notebook: Global Fest Opens a Window To The World

Global Fest was one of the most exciting events at Metro Campus in 2019.

Several ethnic groups, student organizations, and businesses presented food and entertainment.

The French Club has approximately 20 members. Francoise Sullivan, associate professor of French, is the faculty advisor for the club. Sullivan moved 23 years ago to the U.S. from the Champagne area in France.

Sullivan teaches French at the Metro and Southeast campuses.

I have never been to France and I was eager to try French food, which the club was selling for symbolic prices at its booth. I got onion soup with cheese, quiche, lemon pie, and a juicy Fanta-like drink. Everything was delicious. I marked my test of French cuisine as positive.

The French Club members, including Maria Domier, Rachael Arenella, Justice Robinson, and Sullivan, were wearing French beret hats and giving away valuable information related to the culture and language. I learned that Tulsa has Le Louvre French Café at 8313 S. Memorial Drive, which serves yummy salads and desserts.

A brochure distributed by the French Club explained why it is important to learn a foreign language. A knowledge of another language could lead to a career in diplomatic and government services, trade and business, teaching, research, tourism libraries or translation and interpreting. It also helps to get to know other people and cultures.

Adjunct professor Nanda Thompson, who is from Brazil, teaches Portuguese. She and her group enthusiastically shared knowledge of Brazil at the booth.

“Brazil’s population is 205 million,” said Thompson. “The Amazon River takes a big part of the country while the area around it is not populated.”

“Every citizen of Brazil has one month of paid vacation per year,” added Thompson. “An employer pays almost double a monthly salary to an employee to go on a vacation.”

I really like to hear that news about the Brazil’s vacation policy because similar policies exist in the former Soviet Union republics, Australia, and many other countries of the world. Except here, in the United States, a person has to work for a company at least five years to earn a four-week paid vacation per year.

      The Brazilian booth offered tasty food, such as “coxinha” (chicken in dough), and a passion fruit mousse, for sale.

The Hispanic Student Association had a booth representing various Hispanic cultures.

Knox Brown, assistant professor of political science, is an adviser for the organization.

“We do a lot of community service, fundraising, and cultural events,” said Brown.

I purchased a cake which the Hispanic Club was selling, and it melted in my mouth.

The African American Student Association (AASA) distributed a nicely designed flier about its goals and activities with a list of contacts on the bottom.

AASA underlined its major events which include Black Wall Street and the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Exploration, Martin Luther King Jr. Parade participation, Black History Month planning, Annual Gospel Festival, and others.

Euro-mart owner, Garry Copper, was introducing visitors with products offered at the 71st and Memorial location. He gave me a flier “Fun facts about tea.”

It was interesting to learn that tea is the second most popular drink in the world after water, and iced tea is the second most popular beverage in the United states after cola.

The Euro-mart has been in Tulsa for more than a decade and it specializes in selling Russian and European food and souvenirs.

Other booths at the Global Fest were the Chinese Language Association, the Tulsa Global Alliance, the International Student Organization, and the English as Second Language Association.