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No Shave November

No Shave november is here.
No Shave november is here.

Halloween might be the scariest time of the year, but what follows is arguably the scruffiest. Every November, many men and women challenge themselves to avoid shaving for the entire month as part of No Shave November. No Shave November can be used as an excuse to be lax in one’s shaving habits as well as an opportunity for competition. Friends will compare their facial hair growth over the course of the month. Starting with under 50 members on its original Facebook fan page, No Shave November has quickly become a widely known cultural phenomenon.

Several Mercerians are excited to give their razors a break in the coming month. No Shave November is often a group activity. “The lacrosse team loves to (participate in No Shave November) together,” said Colin Massa, a junior. ”It’s for a good cause, and it’s a great excuse to be lazy for a month.” Others love No Shave November for a different reason. “I’m partial to guys with beards, so I’m all for it,” said Jackie B., a junior. “(Beards) make men look so handsome!”

Though No Shave November is an exciting time for some, others are not so sure about letting one’s body hair go unchecked for an entire month. “I’m a runner, and letting your body hair grow can affect your running,” said Kataryna O’Neil, a freshman. “Also, it looks gross. As long as I can’t see it, it’s fine!”


Though many people participate simply for the fun of it, No Shave November originated as an effort to spread awareness for several causes. The trend began in 2004 as “Movember,” when a group of Australian men went without shaving their beards and moustaches for 30 days to raise awareness for depression and men’s health issues such as prostate cancer. Soon, the idea was adapted to include all body hair, and both men and women began to take on the challenge. In 2009, the No Shave November campaign was formed with the goal of raising awareness for cancer. Participants were encouraged to donate the funds they would normally use on waxing, shaving and other forms of body hair removal to a cancer charity of their choice in partnership with the American Cancer Society. Last year, the Illinois State University Feminist Lead Activist Movement to Empower (F.L.A.M.E.) used No Shave November as an opportunity to educate the student body about sexual assault.


If you would like to participate in No Shave November and help spread awareness for cancer or another cause, visit the websites below to donate, join a team and read more.

We asked you:

What is your opinion of No Shave November?


“I love it. Beards are the manliest thing ever.” – Joey Mahlbacher, freshman


“Beards are like face mittens. It’s getting closer to winter time, and having a beard helps me keep my face warm.” – Colten Meeks, freshman


“It’s cute when guys do it, but not when girls do it!” – Maddie O’ Connor, freshman

“It’s fine because it’s cold outside, but only do it if you’re single.” – Sharon Osakue, sophomore

No Shave november is here.


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