Professor vacations in Germany during World Cup celebration
Ben Bogardus, an assistant professor of journalism in the School of Communications, never thought he'd land smack in the middle of Germany's celebration of its biggest sports story of the year when he planned his summer vacation.
"Germany won the World Cup as I stood in a bier garten in Munich, watching it on a big screen, with a big crowd of chanting and singing Germans, most of whom were drinking from big mugs of beer," Bogardus said. "Soccer is an obsession with many Germans. Being here for the championship was much more intense than any Super Bowl Sunday or Olympics I've experienced at home. The entire nation seemed to care deeply about the game. I saw flags hanging from bedroom windows and cars roofs all week long. Store windows had special displays. And on Sunday night, streets all around the city were empty, except for the overflow crowds gathered outside bars and bier gartens, watching the game. After all, it was more than just a soccer match. National pride was at stake."
To speak to Bogardus, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).