The no-shave season is here

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The no-shave season is here

Senior Jonathan McVicker is growing out his facial hair for No-Shave November.

Senior Jonathan McVicker is growing out his facial hair for No-Shave November.

photo by Elena Simon

Senior Jonathan McVicker is growing out his facial hair for No-Shave November.

photo by Elena Simon

photo by Elena Simon

Senior Jonathan McVicker is growing out his facial hair for No-Shave November.

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Gillette, Schick and Kiehls hate November. According to Bloomberg.com, razor and razor blade sales fell 7.8 percent in the 12 weeks before Dec. 21, 2013. No-Shave November is here yet again.

The premise of No-Shave November is simple: People across America see if they can go a whole month without shaving their beards. They band together and talk about it in school and through Twitter hashtags.

“It shows a way of pride for men,” senior Tony Leonardo said, “even if you can’t grow any [facial hair], you still [can] try.”

While the month is popular at LB and on Twitter for forging brotherhood bonds, it is also the name of an important campaign for the American Cancer Society (ACS). By growing out their beards and spreading the word, men can fundraise and spread awareness for cancer in general. All donations go towards the organization’s research for all types of cancer.

On its website, The ACS states that the goal of the No-Shave November campaign is to raise awareness and fundraise for all kinds of cancer by encouraging men to grow out facial hair, since many cancer patients lose it due to chemotherapy.

No-Shave November, also called Movember for the combination of moustache and November, is a good way to spread awareness without having to spend money, according to the website. It could even save money that would be spent on shave products.

However, senior David Lynch believes many guys like to simply participate for the fun and peculiarity of it, he said.

“[No-Shave November] is so popular because it gives guys an excuse to not shave, and it allows those who are usually clean shaven to grow it out,” Lynch said.

Even though it’s Lynch’s first year participating, he will have one of the best beards around and takes inspiration from Gandalf, he said.

Varsity football also created its own unique take on No-Shave November.

“I decided to do No-Shave November because some of the football team was doing it,” senior Jonathan McVicker said. “[I’m doing it for] the playoff beard.”

Some members of the team will grow out their beards and moustaches through the playoffs. They will shave once LB loses a game and is cut from the running for a state title.

The month does, however, pose unique challenges.

“[No-Shave November means] the willingness to put up with those awkward semi-mustaches in pursuit of a luscious manly beard,” senior football player Connor Anderson said.

Despite its pitfalls, the month is gaining popularity. The trend is lasting like Throwback Thursday, Anderson said. Hashtags promoting the event, like #Movember or #Letitgrow litter Twitter.

“Abe Lincoln had a beard,” Anderson said, “and so should you.”

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