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.