Candice Hannani, feature editor
School hallways have recently been plastered with so-called “Bevanon” fliers, stirring up speculation among students and faculty about the reason for the satiric signs. The root of the mystery lies in the Graphic Design room, where the idea was created and implemented by students of the Advanced Graphic Design class.
Students were assigned a project entitled the ‘Road Sign Challenge,’ which required them to create a symbol in the form of a road sign to inform viewers of a prominent topic at Beverly. According to Graphic Design teacher Deb Joseph, the project was not originally intended to reach different parts of the school.
“Originally, we were just going to put these assignments up around the hallway near our classroom,” Joseph said. “But the students decided to apply the lesson about guerrilla warfare art to their project by spreading them around school.”
One prominent characteristic of the signs is their use of satire and humor to present school issues, ranging from littering on the front lawn (“Lawn has had enough”) to students’ usage of the acronym YOLO (“Stop Masking Actions with YOLO”).
“That was the best part,” senior Chloe Madjipour remarked. “I was able to use my creativity to satirize certain things that could be improved in the school, like the smell in the bathrooms.”
Students have mixed reactions about the posters. Although admittedly interesting, some posters have been thought to be more insignificant, while others have caused a few giggles.
“Even though the subject of the signs is ridiculously obvious, that’s what makes it so hilarious,” senior Natasha Natarajan said.
“They’re definitely interesting. Some of them can be helpful, like one that warns you about traffic during nutrition,” junior Daniel Raban said. “But some of them seem useless. For instance, one says not to take others’ food, which I don’t think was really a problem before.”
As to the origin of the logo, Joseph said it was a collaborative idea among the students, but noted that senior Mathew Simon “spearheaded that part of the project.”
According to Joseph, the mystery surrounding the posters was intentional.
“We like to call it a clandestine society,” Simon said.