In November, or as it is now referred to as Movember or No Shave November, the gentlemen of Boys’ Latin and around the world put down their razors. Whether it is a patchy or full beard, a creepy mustache, or a rockin’ goatee, the Lakers are proud to show off their facial hair.
According to Movember.com, “The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives.” Raising awareness for cancer specifically in males by growing beards is essentially “wearing pink”, as what some athletes, students, and teachers to do in October for breast cancer awareness.
The Movember team mission is to “create positive change for men’s health by raising awareness and educating men year-round, and through our take-over of the month formerly known as November.”
Boys’ Latin, in the past couple of years, has teamed up with Movember by allowing its students to raise money for the cause and in return allowing its students to grow their beards. Students around the Upper School are relieved to put down their razors for a month, and faculty members realize that as well.
Librarian Mrs. Ricci, who sees pretty much all the boys each day in the library, noticed that “the boys feel more relaxed because it’s one less thing to worry about in the morning.”
Mrs. Ricci, who sees a lot of underclassmen in study hall and free periods, enjoys when those who can’t grow the best facial hair try to during November.
“I Like like the spirited attempts at being included. I think it’s neat that they know they’re not going to grow a full beard, but they are putting themselves out there,” Mrs. Ricci stated.
Sophomore Basil Aburn said that “not having to worry about shaving every day or two was the best part about it.” Basil won the “best beard” contest for sophomores. “It was itchy at times, and there were a few days that I really wanted to shave it, but at the end, I wish I could’ve kept it.”
Senior Will Page, who arguably had the best beard out of all the students, and the winner of the “best beard” contest for seniors, was excited to go on a journey in growing his beard.
“Growing my beard was a trek; somedays it was really itchy and I wanted to shave it off; other days I liked it because I looked like Hugh Jackman’s stunt man,“ Page said.
Throughout Movember, the Boys’ Latin team raised over $670 which all will be donated to a variety of cancer organizations.
Now that December is here, all the beards are gone, and while the faculty and administration might be happy, the students might feel otherwise.