Flunk Day 2014
April 28, 2014
Skies were overcast, but that didn't put a damper on Knox College's Flunk Day, a traditional spring surprise party that dates back nearly 100 years. The theme of this year's event was Wild Wild Flunk and featured a mechanical bull, karaoke, gladiator joust, antique photos, and rock wall. At right, students compete in the bungee run.
Flunk Day begins with the ringing of the Old Main bell at 6 a.m. as hundreds of students celebrate spring and a break from the intense 10-week academic term. Although planning begins weeks before the event, the exact date of Flunk Day is a closely guarded secret and the subject of numerous rumors.
The first Flunk Day of record was May 11, 1922, but the tradition of a student-initiated spring festival dates back to the early years of the 20th century and "Roughneck Day" -- which was the conclusion to "Roughneck Week," when the men didn't shave and both men and women students wore ragged clothing.