Arts & Culture / Mosaic / November 2, 2011

Looking for friendship? Check the signs

Are you lonely? Are you looking for someone to admire?

Students walking around campus may have seen these questions and others on posters put up recently by freshman Jacob McCulley, with his face prominently displayed alongside the questions. In addition to his phone number, each poster featured tear-off tabs on the bottom with the words “funny” or “not funny.”

McCulley made it very clear that it was not, as some interpreted, a desperate plea for friends. It was not that he would have objected if someone had called looking for friendship, but his main goal was that “I wanted to be seen as funny.”

It was McCulley’s hope that the tabs on the bottom would have made this clear to people. To at least one person it was very clear, as he or she expressed their opinions on the posters by tearing off all of the “not funny” tabs at once, an event that McCulley said he laughed at. Another was torn down and replaced with someone else’s face on it.

Despite having his phone number on every poster, he has received only a single text, asking “What’s the deal with the posters?” Though this did lead to Facebook friendship, it was still not exactly what he was hoping for.

Could the problem perhaps be that people were creeped out by the posters?

“It’s a possibility,” he admits, though he is very clear he is not trying to come across that way. He says that in high school he did very similar comedic stunts and they went over fairly well.

The Knox community might have more jokes from McCulley in the future. He will not commit to anything specific, but says that if he gets more funny ideas, he will do them. It will likely not take the form of more posters though, because, “I don’t want to be the guy with the weird flyers.”

If anyone is still looking for a friend or someone to admire, the invitation remains open.

“Please text me,” McCulley said. “I’d love to hear from you.”

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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