Student culture

One of the main goals for LTKY is to promote culture and a sense of community. We want to ensure that both teekkari and kylteri culture is seen on our campus and that traditions are respected. At the same time, we try to improve our traditions to fit in present. It is important for us that according to Skinnarila Spirit everyone feels to be part of the community on our campus. 


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Skinnarila-Finnish dictionary

Below are the most important words belonging to the Teekkari and sign slang in Lappeenranta. With these skills, you can stay on the cart of what is being talked about.

Aalef Oy
A company owned by the Student Union, which operates e.g. Student House and run Our Kiosk

Alive media
The online media of the people of Skinnarila, Alive, has colorful stories and articles about Lappeenranta students and life on campus.

Energy technology guild, identified by white overalls

An event to mark the end of the academic year, with food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere

Guild of information technology, identified by red overalls

Guild of Business Administration students, identified by neon yellow overalls

A happy club trip or excursion, may include business visits and other nice things

First year student

Freshman point card / Fuksipisteläystäke
Paper on which freshmen collect freshman points in their first year by completing various tasks and participating in events

Officially Cafe Bar G, a student-friendly café / restaurant next to the student house

At the university, next to the library, there is a lobby/reading/group work space, that also has a grand piano

Gallery Noste
Space between Street cafe and TEK Lounge, where art installations are held.

Student Representatives
Administrative student representative, oversees students’ interests in, for example, academic councils

Personal study plan

Huhtiniemi Sports Center

Lapland’s Rappalainen wappulehti published by Powi ry

LOAS property near the student house, Skinnarilankatu 28

Guild of production economy, identified by dark blue overalls

Chemical engineering guild, identified by black overalls

A student union space on the ground floor of the student house, where parties can be held

language Center

An independent association of students from a particular degree program that organizes events and advocacy for its members

Guild sponsorship
Guild contact person from the student union board

Guild Room, a place where you can relax at school with student friends. Each guild has its own shield

Third Lobby
Intersection in the first stage of the university

Mechanical engineering guild, identified by orange overalls

See excursion

Senior business student. Sign freshmen are dipped as wappuna signs

Ten Hall
Lecture hall 2310, now also TEK hall

Skinnarila’s most popular bicycle cellar

Guild of computational technology, identified by fuchsia overalls

A senior student who knows about the sports opportunities in the area and who organizes sport experiments

Lappeenranta University of Technology

An access control key that allows access to the school doors at any time

LTKY or Lappeenranta University of Technology Student Union. Pursues the interests of all students in the university regardless of the color of the overalls

A multi-purpose hall in the 3rd construction phase of the university, ie right on the lower floor

An e-learning platform used in LUT’s teaching and learning

Fifth year sign or sixth year teak

Credits to be completed

Representative Council
Representative Council, the highest decision-making body of the Student Union, elected every two years

Environmental Technology Guild, recognizes gray overalls

Punkkerikatu 5, a place where saunas are organized

Lecture handout, i.e. a summary, which some teachers make about the content of the course. These can be purchased from the Aalef Kiosk in LUT main building

Hang-out evening with saunas in LOAS’s Punkkerikatu 5 common space

Herring breakfast, a casual event with food, drink and theme after the anniversary or event

An academic table party where you eat, drink and sing according to etiquette

Free State of Skinnarila
Areas around the school where everyone behaves in the spirit of Skinnarila. The area consist of campus area and Punkkerikatu, with border painted on the asphalt next to Linnunrata.

Viipuri (Vyborg) Hall (the large auditorium next to the main entrance) was formerly known as Skinnarila-Sali.

An interactive student theater where the audience can participate in the course of the play

Suomen Ekonomit
Finnish Economic Association for business students and graduates

Electrical engineering guild, identified by green overalls

A senior engineering student who has been baptized on Wappuna

Engineering Academics

A person who is wearing a tech hat for the first year. So usually a sophomore

A senior student who directs freshmen especially at the beginning of studies

An online student service that gathers study-related information and information systems at the same address

LOAS beach cottage with saunas on the shores of Lake Saimaa along Skinnarilankatu

Annual celebrations, or guild or association birthdays, or great academic celebrations

Student interface for registration for examinations and courses, changing contact information and monitoring your own performance

Sitz party (Sitsit)

Sits are briefly an academic table party. In practice, the way has landed in Sweden and is somewhat reminiscent of crab festivals, but has evolved over the years to be slightly different in each locality. Squatting includes singing, squeaking drinks, dressing according to the theme, food and, of course, sequels.

Sits normally have a toastmaster, i.e., toastmaster or more. He or they will lead the event, determine breaks, and decide on the order of meals. The word of the Toast must be respected during the Sitsi so that the celebrations can be carried out on schedule and without any problems.

Singing plays a big part in sit-ups. Both the tees and the signers have their own singing traditions, but several songs are familiar to both. Teekkarisits are traditionally started with the crocodile Gena’s birthday song and sign crisps with Helan går. Teekkarisits also tend to end with the anthem of the Eternal Teekkar and the Karelian song. In almost every song, the students have also written their own verses, the singing of which is equally part of the Sitsi tradition. During the song, you may also play, get up in chairs, go under the table, or drum the table. Singing also doesn’t have to be limited to songbooks or PunaMusta’s chants, as composing and lyricizing new songs is more than desirable.

The Sits program includes proggiks, especially on sign sites. In these, someone is shouted on stage, where they present a program number, which can be a song, a competition, a dance, or whatever. Sign squirrels also tend to distribute punishments, red-mentions, to misbehaving sitters.

Sits are normally followed by sequels, where partying, singing and socializing can be continued in freer characters.

Suomen pisin wappu lippu


Lappeenranta is known in other parts of Finland of three things: ham and boiled egg meat pies, the hockey team of SaiPa and The Longest Wappu of Finland. In student circles mainly of the latter. The kylteri and teekkari wappu of Skinnarila is best known of its length. Depending on the year and other factors Wappu takes on average two to four weeks from April to the second of May – in 2019, we had the longest Wappu ever made which took one month and one day.

During Wappu there are all sorts of events offered for the students. The frame of wappu consists of already established  series of spectacles starting with the wappu scream and continuing with e.g. FinnHits party and the hill car race KRuisinKi and finishes with the culminating events May Day Eve and May Day from teekkari baptism in Lake Saimaa to the May Day picnic. In addition, each year a number of innovative new events take place.

During Wappu student overalls are like a home to students of LUT and they are the dress code in most events of Wappu. In addition, they are the perfect alternative of clothing for the time in between the events. In conjunction with the Wappu scream the official overall badge of Wappu is published and it shines in the colors of the guild in charge of Wappu on that year.

The schedule of The Longest Wappu of Finland together with important information will be published in

Cap and other symbols

The most important of the external characters are overalls and the teekkari cap and kylteri caps. LTKY’s office also sels other Lappeenranta student symbols: overall badges, ribbons for anniversary balls, pins and the PunaMusta song book.

Teekkari cap

Teekkari cap is similar to the Finnish graduation cap (Finnish students cap) which students can place on their head after graduating from upper secondary school and passing their matriculation exams. The Lappeenranta version of the cap has seven corners and a tassel which hangs over the right edge of the cap. The cap can be worn from 12.00 on the 30th of April till Lakinlaskijaiset (Hat lowering) held during the fall. In order to use the cap outside this time you must apply a permission from LTKY’s Chair of the Board, Cultural Affairs responsible or Secretary General with an application written behind a receipt from Alko.

The kylteri cap in Lappeenranta is made from a Finnish students cap by replacing the original cockade, with our student unions symbol. This cockade can be bought from Enklaavi ry, and it’s only for business students, as teekkari cap already have the same cockade.

Ordering tech caps

The co-ordering of the caps is carried out in two ordering rounds, the first in October-November and the second in January-February. Orders are placed twice a year.

We recommend placing an order in the first round of ordering, as the hat is much cheaper when ordered with it. Those who have ordered the cap will receive an invoice by e-mail, which is due in March-April.

For non-freshmen, the price of the law is the same regardless of the order round.

The right to use Teekkarilaki is regulated in LTKY’s brand guidelines:

Section 9 of the Character Guidelines A freshman is a first-year student with a reputation and honor who is a student or creditor studying at Lappeenranta University of Technology. A freshman who has completed the tasks required of him to achieve a teak and who has received a teak concentrate may be awarded the value of a teaker on the last day of April after dark in Lappeenranta.

Section 14 of the Trademark Guidelines The right to use the cap can only be granted to a student studying at Lappeenranta University of Technology.

Section 15 of the Sign Regulations The period of use of the Act begins on the last day of April each year, when the law is applied simultaneously immediately after the violation of the May Day. The period of use of the cap ends each year for the lawmakers to be held in the autumn, in which case the law will be taken simultaneously. At other times, the use of a teak cap in a public place is prohibited. An exemption may be granted upon written request by the Secretary General of the Student Union of Lappeenranta University of Technology or the Chairman of the Board or, in their absence, by a person appointed by the Board from among its members.


Overalls are protective clothes of students color of which depends on the field of study of a student. The overalls are meant to be decorated with badges and other additions. Friend and dating couples tend to change different parts of their overalls, in Lappeenranta friends switch sleeves and romantic partners switch pant legs. Overalls may be used freely throughout the year at one’s own discretion, and a number of events have overalls as a dress code.

Lappeenranta university students have ten different colored overalls, which are determined as follows:

Armatuuri (Energy Technology) – White

Cluster (Information Technology) – Red

Enklaavi (Business) – Neon yellow

Kaplaaki (Industrial Management) – Navy blue

Lateksii (Computational Engineering) -Fuchsian Red 

Ketek (Chemical Technology) – Black

KRK (Mechanical Technology) – Orange

Pelletti (Environmental Technology) – Grey

Sätky (Electrical Engineering) – Green

ESN Lappeenranta has also own overalls for exchange students. Their color is blue.

Our neighbor LAB’s students are also welcome to all our events in Lappeenranta, and thus it’s recommended to learn their overall colors too.

Lappeenranta campus:

LaGeR ry (tourism and hospitality) – Turquoise

LaKOSTE ry (health care and social services) – Dark green

LaKu ry (fine arts) – Black-White

LapIO (building and community technology, mechanical technology) – Black-Red

LapTOp ry (business) – Violet

Lahti campus:

LASOLA ry (healthcare and social services) – Orange

Linkki ry (business) – Blue

LIRO ry (mechanical technology)  – Pink

Lymo ry (energy and environmental technology)  – Pink

MIO ry  (design and visual communication) – Black

PINO ry (wood technology)  – Pink

ReLa ry (tourism and hospitality) – Black, pink pockets



Anniversaries / annual balls are celebrated in honor of the birthdays of a guild, subject organization, association, or any gang. Parties follow etiquette and tend to be very similar in structure. Mainly, however, at the annual celebrations, or vujut, people eat, drink, sing and dance nicely.

The celebration usually starts with a cocktail party (fin. kokkarit). There have traditionally been invited guests presenting their greetings, thanks and some imaginative gift to the party organizers. Cocktail party usually has some small snacks and drinks for participants.

After the cocktail party, we continue to the main party itself. The main party will feature a three-course dinner, familiar and unfamiliar songs will be sung, and program numbers will be followed. Depending on the organization celebrated, the program may include a keynote speech, rewarding commendable students or alumnus, a speech by the chair of the organizing body, a speech for a woman, or a free program ranging from a choral song performance to a drag show. The main party is usually concluded with dances accompanied by the band.

The party will, of course, move on to an after party. In the after party, it is possible to get more food and drink and a live band will normally play on site. The duration of the after party has not been determined and fewer quest actually remember, how long the after parties went on.

The next day of the annual ball or vujut is brunch or sillis. These differ from each other mainly on the basis of the dresscode, as the brunch has a way of dressing in a hokinait (cocktail but more casual and fun) while the sillis has overalls and some theme. In the brunch and sillis participants eat and drink, and often they also visit sauna ja listen to some music, live or from streaming services. The organizing body may have organized something on the spot, too. From a brunch or sillis, there is usually still a chance to go to a new after party, where the annual celebrations will officially end at the latest.


Dress code

Lappeen Ranta student events use very different dress codes, ie dressing instructions depending on the nature of the event. Often an invitation or poster for an event states a dress code, which can be one of the more traditional ones, such as smart casual or something else. This quick guide opens up a bit of what is meant by the most commonly used dress code in Skinnarila.

Often at events there is no dress code at all, so you can decide for yourself how to dress (although dressing itself is desirable). The event can also have a theme that is recommended to follow as much as you ccan, preferabyl from bottom to top. And it’s also fun to dress up! Normal clothes you can use any other day, so dressing up once in a while won’t hurt anyone.

Check out flea markets, second-hand stores and also your parents (or older students’) wardrobes for themed clothes! 

Overalls is probably the easiest and most used dress code. Just put your overalls on and let’s go! If you don’t yet own overalls, or their location is unknown for some reason, it’s always perfectly fine to arrive in normal clothing. But be careful: overalls is not a cloth you can put to any situation, and it should never replace some other dress code. If you don’t know, if overalls are appropriate, it’s recommended to arrive with normal clothes. Themed dress codes are also without overalls, unless mentioned separately (e.g. overalls + after ski).

After scaring you, it’s good to tell that after all, overalls are the most common dress code and there aren’t so many situations where you go wrong with them. Especially during wappu and freshmen weeks, the general dress code is overalls, except events where dress code is stated otherwise. Outdoor events are also typical places to use overalls, as they’re relaxed, warm and also no need to be afraid sitting on the grass. However, when you go to nutrition shops in the city centre, leave your overalls home unless it’s a designated overalls party.


There are numerous different versions of the dress guides for Smart Casual. However, there are two commonly used in Skinnarila: more festive and more mundane. Smart casual, hokinait and cocktail are basically the same, and they only vary in the formality and situation. Smart casual is for the more free-form connections.

The more mundane smart casual is usually worn for business contacts, i.e. either during a business visit, case evening or other similar. In this case, you’ll need a so-called business casual look, instead of a party dress. This usually means neat jeans, a collared shirt, and possibly a casual suit jacket or trouser pants with a more informal top, or a pencil skirt with a casual top or pants combined with a neat shirt and jacket.

For a more formal smart casual, you can also wear a jacket suit or a neat knee-length dress and jacket with it, or a neat casual suit (which can also be any color other than dark grey or black, and tie is not mandatory).

Hokinait is a commonly used, festive but casual dress model in Skinnarila that, despite its name, does not mean orange jackets or hockey outfits. Instead, it is a dress code between smart casual and cocktail. As this is a slightly more informal dress pattern, it allows for more variation, too.

Hokinait is mostly the same as smart casual, meaning neat jeans or a little black dress, which can also be a colored or skirt and a slightly more festive top. They can be combined with a casual jacket or, for example, a neat cardigan. Hokinait allows also different kind of suits, e.g. a violet velvet suit/costume. A suit or tie can also be worn for a more festive occasion.

The nature of the event affects the dressing with cocktail dress code. Guideline is that in cocktail event you dress like you would go to your cousin’s wedding. The best option is a suit, or a knee high dress, and if needed, a jacket, bolero or a scarf to cover up shoulders. For more fancy occasion you can choose a colorful dress shirt or have fun with a tie.

The tailcoat can be worn at Skinnarila only on the most valuable occasion; at the academic anniversary celebrations (vuosijuhlat, vujut), when the suit can be accompanied by academic decorations and a municipal and/or guild ribbon, the purpose of which is to tell which party the student proudly represents at the celebration. LTKY’s municipal ribbon has the colors of Karelia; the edges are black and there is a red stripe in the middle. You can find more detailed instructions for using the municipal tape in Chapter IV of the Acknowledgement regulation. A common guideline is that you should NOT attach anything to the municipal ribbon that does not belong to it, such as your own municipality or guild’s pin, even if they fit well on the ribbon.

Tailcoat dress code includes (surprisingly) a tailcoat, with its own loopless pants with a satin ribbon on the side, a tail coat, a white tailcoat, a white vest and a white bow, as well as cufflinks and laurel shoes. There is no belt with a tailcoat, so you should wear suspenders if you are afraid your pants will drop. You can use a pocket watch with a tailcoat if you wish.

Instead of a tailcoat, you can wear a long evening dress that covers your ankles and according to the label, is not a trouser suit. The dress can be open, but then you should have a festive bolero, stole, or scarf to cover your shoulders. A festive fabric is often chosen, jewelry can be spectacular and a small evening bag is used.

The tailcoat can also be replaced with a dark suit if desired. The suit must then be black or almost black, the shirt white and the tie low-key. At Skinnarila, at the annual celebrations, it’s also common to see a tie that matches the color of their avec’s dress or suit, but the ties should not be patterned. For example, a dark blue or pearl gray tie is always a sure option.

Student prank

Being stuck is an essential part of Karelian teak and sign culture, and it is up to every Lapland Ranter to have a culture and signboard. Freezing is not difficult, and even with small resources, freezing can be successful and joyful. You should be proud of a successful yawn, as it is a Karelian teak and sign culture at its best!

The essence of the right teaser jig, and the jig performed by us signs, is often a mischievous but benevolent event, device, insight, or performance that sometimes moves to the extremes of suitability. The purpose of the teekkar ruby ​​is to produce fun for the doer, the target and the general public.

Stagnation has always been the cornerstone of student culture in all student communities, fostering the collective spirit of the disciples, and it has also shaped the general public’s perception of the discipleship as good as not-so-good. The icebreaker thus acts as a messenger of the tech culture and this also includes the responsibility that the icicle does no harm to anyone.

The limits allowed for a jockey are defined in the rules of the Lapland Shores Jäynäkisa, which each jockey must read before starting the jockey.

9/11/2018 – Wappu 2019

The local ice racing competitions at Lappeen Ranta are starting NOW. Check out the rules below, gather a team and get bogged down. Be sure to document icing carefully.

Not sure what exactly is frozen or how to make them? In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Student Union, we are organizing the Jäynä KickOff event, after which every tent and shore in Lapland’s Ranta masters the basics of freezing and is ready to take part in the competition!

The chief judge of the competition is the person in charge of culture, the other judges will be decided later. Documentation of the competition performance must be submitted to the Chief Judge around Wapun 2019 by a time to be announced later. The winners will be announced at the Ice Festival.



Section 1 The purpose of the Jäynä competition is to nurture the Jäynä traditions, to promote the Lapland Rantala tekkari and sign culture and to elevate the tekarari and sign spirit.

Section 2 The purpose of the competition is to perform as fun, up-to-date, attention-grabbing, cherishing traditions and positively highlighting the culture of teekar and sign culture in a positive sense.

The purpose of Jyyynä is to produce benevolent joy for oneself, the target of Jäynä and the general public. As an iceberg, you don’t really take a stand on religion or politics. It is surprising in nature and exploits the means of technology. The ice can be short or long.
As an icing, you will not insult, insult, corrupt, steal or destroy. Icing does not cause financial, mental or physical harm to anyone. The police or rescue authorities, Lappeenranta University of Technology and members of the jury must not be targeted in any way.


Section 3 Jäynät, which was performed during the competition, may participate in an ongoing competition, the winners of which are called “Lappeen Rantojen iläääjä”. The winners will receive the right to be represented in Lappeenranta in the next national iceberg competition. If the winners are not willing to take part in the national ice race, the Chief Jury will nominate a team there.

Section 4 The competition performance consists of at least one (1) rake.


Section 5 The size of the team is at least one (1) litter. 50% of the members of the team must be members of LTKY and the team must include at least one (1) parent as a first-year LUT student.

If they wish, the team may participate in the jockey competition under a pseudonym, but the actual identity of the jockeys must be reported to the Chief Jury.

Section 6 All teams that have registered in accordance with the instructions given in the ice declaration will participate in the competition.

Section 7 Participants are responsible for all their activities during the competition. The ice must be documented as specified in the Ice Rush Instructions and the material to be returned must be publishable. The Chief Jury of the LTKY Jäynäkisa is allowed to distribute and present the returned material.

Section 8 The course of the competition is guided and supervised by a high-ranking chief jury. The composition of the Chief Jury is determined by the Board of the Lappeenranta University of Technology Student Union. The members of the Chief Jury will be nominated before the jury declaration is issued and their term of office will last until the jury competition awards ceremony.


Section 9 The end date of the ice race is defined in the ice boat declaration.

Section 10 The next ice race will start after Lakinkaskiinen.

Section 11 The competition area is the land, air and water areas of the Lapland Coasts and the rest of the known world. Jäynä performed elsewhere can be accepted for the competition.


Section 12 In the evaluation of the competition, special attention shall be paid to the matters mentioned in Sections I and II. Teams should pay special attention to the verifiability of the stiffs they make. This can be done either orally, in writing, monumentally, visually, magnetically, or otherwise by bringing the Freezes made to the attention of the Chief Jury at the review session.

All of the above evidence must be brought to the attention of the Chief Jury no later than twenty-four (24) hours after the end of the competition period. If necessary, a member of the Chief Jury may also be asked to verify the implementation of the jury on site.

Section 13 The Chief Jury shall announce the results of the competition at the time stated in the declaration, at a place specified separately.


Section 14 In other respects, the details of the jury competition will be determined by the jury in its jury declaration.

Section 15 In addition to these rules, EU legislation, Finnish law, the rules of order of the place in question and good manners must be observed. If an accident occurs outside Finland, the laws and rules of the place in question must be observed.

Section 16 These rules shall be interpreted by the Chief Jury of the competition.