FLUNKITUDE (because there isn’t enough)

When there is winter break, there is a thing called boredom. I had both of these things, and so with each, I decided to devote my time to extensive Flunk research. I perused the WikiFire for dates of previous Flunks as far back as I could, and tried the Knox website when the WikiFire failed. (NOTE: The Knox website always fails. Pages don’t go to useful pages. Ever. Just give up now.)

Now, I won’t pretend to know anything about statistics, but here are my findings:

Previous Flunk Dates

  • 2004: Wednesday, April 28
  • 2005: Monday, April 18
  • 2006: unknown (all the WikiFire said was that it was “too early”)
  • 2007: Tuesday, May 8
  • 2008: Thursday, May 1
  • 2009: Wednesday, May 6
  • 2010: Monday, April 26
  • 2011: Monday, May 2
  • 2012: Tuesday, May 1

In summary, for 8 of the past 9 years, Flunk has been on a Monday 3 times, a Tuesday twice, Wednesday twice, and a Thursday once. Personally, I would really like it if the planners went against the odds and had Flunk on a Tuesday or a Thursday, as these are my busiest days.

Other things to gather from this: Flunk Day, as Anna has said, tends to happen in the last week of April or first week of May. But this year’s calendar doesn’t divide the months so evenly. As it goes: Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3 and Monday, May 6 – Friday, May 10. Thus, it is not so easy to say that Flunk will most likely (based on the gathered statistics) be on a Monday/Wednesday in the last week of April or first week of May.

However, I think it would be rather silly of the planners to Flunk on May 1, May 6, or May 8, as all of these dates have already been Flunk. (And May 1 has been Flunk twice. Come on now.)

I have high hopes that it will be an earlier Flunk in consideration of the early announcement of the theme, the early Deb Southern email, the early first year suite meetings, the early sales of t-shirts, and the first ever Friar sign-up. Either that, or the planners are going through a lot to make us think that it will be an early Flunk. This is entirely possible.

NOTE: I have edited this because I got Flunk dates wrong for the two Flunk Days that I’ve been at Knox. Let’s not dwell on how embarrassing that is.

Chelsea Embree
Chelsea Embree is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. She previously served as co-mosaic editor and as an arts and features reporter for TKS. During the summer of 2013, she served as a content intern at The St. Louis Beacon. Chelsea has studied under former Random House copy chief Sean Mills and taught writing as a teaching assistant for First-Year Preceptorial. An avid blogger, she has written extensively about youth in St. Louis and maintains a lively poetry and nonfiction blog on Tumblr. She is also the director of communications for Mortar Board and co-president of Terpsichore Dance Collective.
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About Chelsea Embree

Chelsea Embree is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. She previously served as co-mosaic editor and as an arts and features reporter for TKS. During the summer of 2013, she served as a content intern at The St. Louis Beacon. Chelsea has studied under former Random House copy chief Sean Mills and taught writing as a teaching assistant for First-Year Preceptorial. An avid blogger, she has written extensively about youth in St. Louis and maintains a lively poetry and nonfiction blog on Tumblr. She is also the director of communications for Mortar Board and co-president of Terpsichore Dance Collective.
  • :|

    These aren’t all correct. May 1, 2012 was a Tuesday. May 2, 2011 was a Monday. April 26, 2010 was indeed a Monday (that one’s correct). I’m not sure about the others; I wasn’t here before that.

  • Stephanie Fore

    Flunk Day was on April 11th in 2006.