After a massive “scare” that turned into the real deal, Flunk Day 2009 erupted on campus at the crack of dawn on Wednesday.
Members of the senior class knew about Flunk Day first, as senior, Union Board Mascot, and Flunk Day planner Pam Schuller invited them to her house for what might have been the biggest Flunk Day scare in Knox history. Word spread quickly.
“There were, oh God, there were a lot [of people.] We were packed in there like sardines,” Schuller said.
Schuller told the seniors they were going to be participating in a scare, but many of them smelled a rat.
“I figured it was Flunk Day the day before, after getting invited to the massive scare,” said senior Laura Weiss. Weiss said an e-mail Student Life Coordinator Jenn Snider sent to the senior class, soliciting applications to be a Flunk Day Friar by Friday, May 8, was also a dead giveaway.
“When I got there in the morning, the big feeling in the air was that it was the actual day, although none of us were positive. It was packed in there and it was hot, and I had neon puffy paint all over my arms from sloppily writing Friar on other people’s black shirts,” Weiss said.
“Everyone either thought it was gonna be the biggest scare ever or it was gonna be Flunk Day, and they were happy either way,” said Schuller.
The scarers/Friars spread out from Schuller’s house at 5:40 a.m. on the dot.
“Some freshmen didn’t believe us and wouldn’t come out. They were waiting for something else, and we were like no, guys, this is it,” said Weiss.
This year’s Flunk Day theme was Knox Reality. Activities and events were based on reality T.V. shows, such as a magazine photo shoot station representing America’s Next Top Model, and a temporary tattoo booth for Miami Ink. Unfortunately, the Fear Factor portion of the event played out during dinner.
“The lentils were uncooked, but I actually thought the blue macaroni was a little better than the standard macaroni,” said junior Ariel Kreitzman. While most meat-eaters opted to dine on non-scary chicken patties, vegetarians feasted on a bright green lime and cilantro tofu dish. Several vegetarians have reported , 6-2
Kazunari Kishida (Lawrence University) def. Bai 6-0, 6-2
Nate Tackaberry (St. Norbert College) def. Michael Tam (Knox College) 6-0, 6-0
Dan Hertel (Lawrence University) def. Michael Tam (Knox College) 10-2
Dan LaFountaine/Nate Fox (Grinnel) def. Jared Katchen/Nick Craig (Knox) 6-1, 6-0
Michael Wajda/John Silseth (Carroll) def. Katchen/Craig (Knox) 10-2
Runtian Bai/Michael Tam (Knox) def. Eric Brandhorst/Sam Graf (Monmouth) 7-5, 6-2
Brandhorst/Graf def. Bai/Tam 6-1, 6-2
Grinnell 105, Monmouth 60, Lawrence 54, St. Norbert 57
Lake Forest 32, Carroll 31, Ripon 12, Knox 9, Illinois C. 7, Beloit 5