Otterson: No-Shave November sees continued growth

No matter the type of facial hair, No-Shave November is a worthy cause to support


LNHS seniors John Ghobrial (left) and Dan McGill (right) sport their facial hair grown in November

November is a great month.

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching while Christmas is just around the corner. Fall spirits are high. Football is in season. Leaves are changing into spectacular colors.

This is truly a fantastic month, but one of the things that makes these four weeks so great is because it’s finally No-Shave November.

Bushy beard and skinny mustache growers alike have committed to one, beautiful common goal: to sport whatever facial hair they can grow and not shave it off until November has ended. What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, not a lot of high school boys at Lakeville North can grow the hair that they desire.

“I would feel much better about it if I could actually grow facial hair,” senior Isaac Fennewald said.

Alright, so maybe growing out the peach fuzz isn’t for every boy at Lakeville North. But for others, the potential patchiness won’t stop them, and for that, we facial hair supporters and No-Shave November campaigners thank you.

According to, the goal of No-Shave November is “to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free” and to “donate the money you typically spend on shaving… to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.”

Movember is another popular campaign virtually identical to No-Shave November, but with their goal specifically directed to supporting men’s health. Dan McGill, a patchy-beard growing senior, strongly supports the Movember movement and refuses to bring a razor anywhere near his scruffy facial hair.

“It’s Movember, man,” McGill said. “I just can’t (shave) it.”

For many Lakeville North students, though, the pure challenge of not shaving their face outweighs the actual goal of No-Shave November.

“At first I wanted to see how much hair I could grow,” senior John Ghobrial said. “But now I just use it as an excuse to grow out my beard.”

Either way, simply growing out your whiskers during November supports and brings awareness to the No-Shave November crusade. This movement began in 2004 and has gained more and more support each year thanks to the rise in appearances of mustaches, beards, mutton-chops, chin-straps, fu manchus and more.

The facial hair possibilities have proven to be endless during the month of November.

So grow ‘em out boys. And if you can’t grow the hair, then support the cause or go to to donate toward “groundbreaking cancer research and providing free information to cancer patients and their caregivers.” 80 percent of the donations made from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31 will be divided equally among the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Fight Colorectal Cancer and the Prevent Cancer Foundation.