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November 11, 2016

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Students Embrace Facial Hair for Month-long Movement

Anjel Clemente

For some, November might mean that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and for some it might signify election season. But for others, it means “No-Shave November.” This is the month where guys put down their razors for an entire 30 days and let the forest grow all over their faces.

Typically, men shave the night before November begins. But then the razors stay hidden, for they for are not to be used until December 1. 
Once November ends, some men will shave everything except for their moustaches. 
Unbeknown to many, this month-long activity has a meaning behind it. No-Shave November, also known as “Movember,” isn't just something that someone came up with because he was bored.
It is a movement started in 1999 by a couple of friends from Australia who decided to grow out their moustaches to raise awareness for a charity. This slowly gained popularity until a charity foundation was started up called "Movember Foundation." Their main purpose is to raise awareness for men's health and for various types of cancers, like prostate cancer.
The money that individuals would usually spend on supplies for shaving or a waxing appointment (women partake in this movement, too) is instead donated to the Movember Foundation for cancer awareness. 

For the past three years I have taken part in No-Shave November. This year, on the second floor of Schwalm, we all decided to grow our moustaches out for men's health awareness. At the end of November, when we have our moustaches all grown out, we will take a picture and hang it our hallways to help raise awareness.
Regardless of whether you're growing your hair out for a good cause, or doing it just to be a part of a worldwide movement, No-Shave November is a fun thing to do. 

Even if you don’t really grow much facial hair, like me.