By Sidney Swain
Along with packing up summer clothes and Halloween decorations, many men and women also put away their razors for “No-Shave November,” also known as Movember.
Movember is an annual tradition during the whole month of November that started with men growing out their mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer. Since 1999, when the Movember started, it has escalated to men growing out full beards and women ceasing to shave as well.
No-Shave November started in 1999 with a group of men from Adelaide, South Australia who grew out their mustaches for charity and thought of the term “Movember.” In 2004 an unrelated group from Melbourne created a real organization, the Movember Foundation charity.
Two years later, the trend traveled to North America, and it has been celebrated worldwide since.
Sophomore Robert Nisbet is one of few students who participated. He expressed that his beard did not grow as “long and luscious,” as he had hoped.
“I’m proud that I stuck through it,” Nisbet explained. Showing your support for men’s health issues is definitely something to feel content about.
Senior Taylor Marshall also got involved with Movember. Marshall said her method for resisting the temptation to shave was “to remove all the razors from my bathroom completely.”
She understands that her partaking in Movember wasn’t as noticeable as it is for men. Still, she did it “because its a way to show support for men and let them know people do care.”
Sophomore Jacob Shuler chose not to participate. “It’s not because I don’t support it,” he said, but rather because he can’t see himself with facial hair.
“It’s more for men,” sophomore Amanda Robbins, who has also chosen not to participate, said. “You wouldn’t even be able to tell if I shaved or not,” she explained, due to the lack of hair women grow on their face.
Robbins then joked “If women could grow beards, maybe I would try it.”