Students Celebrate Poet with Traditional Meal, Readings
DuBois – Students, faculty, and staff at Penn State DuBois gathered Tuesday to celebrate the life and work of Scottish poet Robert Burns with a luncheon of traditional Scottish fare. To honor the 18th century writer, participants read from his works, enjoyed food fitting of Burns' time and place in history, and some even dressed the part, in traditional Scottish kilts. Penn State DuBois music instructor Paul Fehrenbach even supplied music on the bagpipes.
"He wrote about women, nature, and glorified the life of the common peasant," said student Tim Folmar, of Luthersburg. Folmar read some of Burns' work and offered a brief biography on the poet, who was born on January 25, 1759. Folmar noted that most people are familiar with examples of Burns' work, even if they aren't aware of who authored them. The traditional New Year's song, Auld Lang Syne, for instance, is the work of Burns, himself.
True to Burns' Scottish heritage, lunch consisted of Cock-A-Leeky soup, haggis, and other traditional Scottish dishes.
Additional readings of Burn's work were offered by student Owen Samuels, Distinguished Professor of English Richard Kopley, and Professor of English Elizabeth Evans.