no shave november

December 3, 2012 - 11:16pm
SU students dropped their razors and let their beards grow last month, to increase awareness of men's health issues and to make a bold statement.

Every November, men around the world stop shaving their beards - some in an effort to bring attention to men's health, some not. Various organizations promote beards during the month for different reasons, and Syracuse students also participate for their own varying motives.

Sai Prateek Narayan, a junior architecture student, began growing his beard before November at the suggestion of a friend within the architecture department. His initial reason was not to raise awareness, but to look more mature.

December 1, 2011 - 4:36pm
Man on the Street: No Shave November and Movember are popular at Syracuse University, but the purpose of growing facial hair to raise awareness for men's health issues gets lost off campus.

It’s that special time of year when hair prickles on chins and upper lips. Patches appear. Faces disappear behind giant tufts of bristly hair. Kissing becomes a little scratchy. 

No Shave November and Movember encourage men to grow beards and mustaches to show their support for men’s health. The point is to use the attention as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for diseases that affect men, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. Too bad nearly no one in Syracuse knows.