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Rodeo-themed spectacle marks the 102nd annual celebration of Flunk Day

The annual email announcing “Today is Flunk Day” arrived at 7 a.m. on May 6, 2024, marking the beginning of the 102nd celebration at Knox College.

At this year’s rodeo-themed event, the campus was bustling with students dressed in bright pink shirts, who boldly shouted, “Not our first Rodeo.” Many students took the opportunity to dress appropriately, with cowboy hats, boots and even the occasional lasso rope. “I love all the cowboy hats, it’s a fun theme this year,” said Luke Aschenberg ’25.

Rides and stalls were set up throughout campus, keeping the rodeo theme tight. Students searched for gold, bounced on inflatable horses in a race to the finish line and even tried to lasso a mechanical sheep. A miniature train on wheels whistled across campus, taking students on a wonderful journey. For those seeking relaxation, a zen room in the Ferris Lounge offered a make-your-own lip balm station and an oxygen bar.

“I don’t want to miss anything today. I don’t go home until the whole day is over. I’m really going to enjoy it,” said Ashel Dsouza ’27 after a horse race with friends.

A highlight of the day for many was the petting zoo outside Old Jail, with dozens of goats, chickens and even a donkey for the students to cuddle and bond with.

“The atmosphere was good today. I was definitely looking forward to the petting zoo, one of the best things we’ve had so far,” said Joshua Carlos ’26.

Local band Company Dimes performed during a lunch break on the Gizmo Patio, delivering high-octane melodies to energize attendees. Students enjoyed free meals all day, with local offerings from Cornucopia and Orange Cup. College water and snacks were available throughout the day to keep students fueled.

The arrival of the Abraham Lincoln impersonator brought smiles to many faces as he mingled with students across campus, taking countless selfies along the way. Knox College’s TikTok account was even able to figure out the question on everyone’s mind: Is Abe a Swiftie?

Later in the afternoon, the annual student-faculty softball game was held on Post Lawn, with Lincoln’s turn both on the field and in the field. A cornhole tournament was being held outside the Gizmo, creating fierce competition and bragging rights.

“I rode the train three times and got my butt smacked during the cornhole tournament. It was really fun. It’s my last Flunk, I’m a little sad and wish I could have another one,” said Julia Garder ’24.

After dinner, the Taylor Lounge was packed from front to back as students took a much-needed breather to enjoy a game of bingo, with prizes for those lucky enough to be the first to fill their cards. Karaoke was set up upstairs in the Oak Room for those looking for an opportunity to showcase their talent.

The day ended with a nighttime concert on the Gizmo Patio, featuring dance beats and glow sticks, capping off another successful addition to one of Knox’s most cherished traditions.

“Today was so great. Flunk Day brings everyone together to be together,” said Malika Ramadhina ’27.