This article was originally published as part of the joke issue on 12.5.2013
Like any reputable community eatery, the 40th Street McDonald’s has its share of kindly decorative flourishes: the quaint community gathering place, a terrace; the entertainment, a television; and the art, a series of digital prints lining the brightly tiled walls.
The seven pieces—digital photographs printed on plastic, roughly 16” by 16”—heavily feature the photographic technique of bokeh. You probably remember bokeh from your Windows 2001 default desktop wallpapers: points of light are blurred or intentionally unfocused.
Stress affects everybody at Penn, but we’re told to grin and bear it. Mental illness, however, forces some to take a leave of absence. These students aren’t running away, they’re fighting their ways back.
Drop the cat ears! Step away from the cultural appropriation! We’re all secretly pining for something a little more elaborate than a leotard with a tail, but no one wants a Mean Girls–esque fashion faux pas to ruin their holiday.