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Tunes and Train Rides Usher in 101st Flunk Day

Early Monday morning, the Knox campus woke to the sound of kazoos and excited students as the 7:00 a.m. hour struck, heralding the start of the 101st annual Flunk Day celebration. 

This year’s event, titled Flunk 101: Introduction to Fun, featured lilac-colored Flunk Day shirts,  an array of inflatable games and attractions, a giant velcro dart board with sticking soccer balls, and a collection of carnival games spread across Plomin Terrace. 

A miniature train on wheels whistled across campus, taking students on a trip between the Gizmo patio and the Old Jail parking lot, where a collection of full-sized carnival rides were stationed. “I loved that train,” Tristan Blus ’23 said. “It was so funny. I loved riding back and forth on that thing. One of the many great things about today.”

An early-afternoon concert showcased live, student-led performances, including fast rock beats and slow tunes. “The music is a highlight for me. It's a great time to relax and hang out with friends. We can all sit and just enjoy the moment,” Zachary Krawczyk ’23 said. 

The annual arrival of the Abraham Lincoln impersonator made for a classic selfie opportunity. A high-scoring softball game between students and faculty was held on the Post Lawn, where Lincoln held down the outfield corner.

Students enjoyed free meals throughout the day, with offerings from Cornucopia and boba teas from Boba for Life. The Hard Knox Cafe cooked free meals for lunch and dinner. Plenty of water and snacks were also available throughout the day to keep students fueled. 

“I had no idea what to expect, but everyone told me it would be a lot of fun,” Nida Baig ’26 said. “The energy of everyone kept me going all day. I totally called the date, too. I was so excited that my alarm didn’t even wake me up. I just knew it had to be today.” 

Those looking to utilize Flunk Day for a moment of relaxation were treated to a zen room in Ferris Lounge. The room was equipped with massage chairs, guided meditation, and an oxygen bar. 

“We all have finals coming up and this has been very helpful for me. I needed time to clear my mind,” Sylvia Hecox ’24 said, before starting a round of guided meditation. “I’m happy to have a place to come and relax.”

After dinner, Taylor Lounge packed tight to host a massive bingo game with prizes for those lucky enough to fill their card. Upstairs in the Lincoln Room, karaoke was set up with a large student audience singing along. The day closed with flashing lights as students held a night concert on the Gizmo patio, led by bass-heavy dance beats and free ice cream.

“My dad went to Knox and told me stories about Flunk Day growing up. I was excited to see it for myself,” Helen Conran ’26 said. “I really had a great time."

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Printed on Saturday, May 18, 2024