No-Shave November is a national initiative to raise awareness for men’s health. Men grow their facial hair throughout the month of November and are encouraged to “donate the money (they) typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives and aid those fighting the battle,” according to the organization’s website.
The Brown and White talked with students participating in No-Shave November about their experience and why they chose to participate.
“I’ve always wanted to grow a mustache and raising money is never a bad thing, so why not do both at the same time? My grandfather struggled with prostate cancer, and one of my fraternity brother’s fathers struggles with prostate cancer right now, and it’s just a pretty easy way to raise money and hopefully make a little bit of an impact for a month.” — Andrew Wagle, ‘17
“(The best part has been) getting lots of compliments. People say, ‘Oh you look so much older.’ Sometimes my face is completely blank and people say, ‘Oh you look like a baby’ or ‘You have a baby face.'” — Julius Wibisono, ‘20
“I can’t wait to get this off. I just don’t really like my beard. A lot of people have been saying, ‘Oh it’s not that bad,’ but I personally don’t like it.” — John Chou, ‘18
“At some point, my mustache does get a little bit long where I have to push it out of the way when I eat, but other than that I enjoy it . . . I will not be shaving clean (on Dec. 1), but I’ll trim. I’ll definitely get it down to a point where I don’t look like a lumberjack.” — Zach Drake, ‘19
“(My facial hair) was just itchy. Really obnoxious, surprisingly obnoxious, but worth it because it’s for a good cause. My face was warmer, and raising awareness for men’s health — those were the positive. Our final event for Movember through (Phi Kappa Theta) was right before Thanksgiving break because most of the guys like to shave before they go home to their parents. So I have shaved, unfortunately.” — Adam Finke, ‘19
“I have facial hair a little bit during the year, but for this whole month I really haven’t shaved at all. When I just started doing it, it was pretty messy, and I had to tell people I’m actually doing it. Now I get used to it, and I’m probably going to keep doing it until the spring.” — Ben Wang, ’20