Zombies attack! After the Flunk Day paint party. #


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Flunk Day 2016: Night of the Living Flunk

"Night of the Living Flunk" brings zombies, Lincoln to campus for Knox's annual surprise carnival

May 11, 2016

Zombies attack! After the Flunk Day paint party.

After weeks of increasing anticipation among students, Flunk Day 2016 finally arrived on Tuesday, May 10.

Despite scattered showers overnight and early Tuesday morning, the rains had mostly stopped by 6 a.m., as the bells atop Old Main began to ring and Flunk Day friars took to the grounds to rouse their classmates.

As students moved out toward the South Lawn, they encountered a velcro wall, an obstacle course, a rock wall, and a track where participants were closed into giant hamster balls before racing one another. Additional activities were rolled out throughout the day, including a tug-of-war and a faculty-student softball game with special guest star Abraham Lincoln.

The evening concluded with Glow Rage, where participants spattered each other with glow-in-the-dark paint as DJs blasted electronic dance music.

See a Storify of highlights of Flunk Day—Knox's traditional, surprise celebration of spring.

Flunk Day officially began in 1922, but student-organized spring festivals on the Knox campus date back to the beginning of the 20th century. Though its exact date each year is always a closely guarded secret, it has now taken place on a Tuesday 11 times since 1986—more than any other day of the week.

See more Flunk Day pics on Flickr.

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