Save, don’t shave, those beards

By Mina Truong, features editor

November brings to mind turkeys, cranberries, gold-fiery leaves on the ground, crisp cold air and a sudden bur­geon of beards.

This year, Campus Activities Board will sponsor an official competition for No-Shave November. The competition will officially start at 7 p.m. tonight in the Gorges Atrium. Contestants need to bring their own razors to shave at this initiation ceremony.

“No-Shave November is a silly but popular tradition that we wanted to bring to Newman, where men and some­times women do not shave throughout the whole month of November,” said Megan Hostick, president of CAB.

All competitors will be given a prize for participating. Participants will be judged in two categories: “Longest Beard” and “Most Creative Hair.” The contestants will be judged by other Newman students at the finale party during lunch on Nov. 30.

Male students at Newman have pre­viously participated in No-Shave No­vember as an informal competition.

Senior Raymond Williams remi­nisced about the the informal competi­tion last year.

“No-Shave November was always a sad time for me,” Williams said. “I recall drawing pictures of beards in class since I couldn’t grow my own.”

Although males are typically more known to participate in No-Shave No­vember, females have participated in this tradition as well, and they can also participate in the CAB-sponsored com­petition.

“Any student is welcome to partici­pate,” Hostick said. “I think if women are willing to participate, we will just judge leg hair.”

To have both a men’s bracket and a women’s bracket, two or more of each gender must compete. The competitors will only compete against their own gender.

“This is a fun way to get Newman stu­dents to compete with one another and have fun throughout the whole month of November,” Hostick said. “This may possibly be an annual event Campus Ac­tivities Board keeps.”

While No-Shave November seems like a silly concept, there is an underly­ing meaning associated with it.

The movement began as early as 2003, when men would grow their mus­taches to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

The movement was inspired by breast cancer awareness efforts and has grown into a worldwide phenomenon. Last year, it raised approximately $42 million.

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