November 30, 2012

The End of No Shave November

If you've seen noticeably more stubble around campus this month you could be witnessing one of the more popular fads of the last few years. "No Shave November" has once again reared its hairy head over college campuses all over the United States. With a simple and inexpensive concept, there is but one rule: Don't shave. But what many people don't know is that this fad actually stems from a charity organization in which shaving is an important aspect.

In 1999, a group of men in Adelaide, South Australian created the name "Movember" with the idea of growing mustaches in the month of November to raise money for the RSPCA. It was a separate group, however, with the same name out of Melbourne, Australia that brought the event to its current worldwide stage. This Movember charity organization raises money for increasing awareness for a variety of men's health issues including prostate cancer and depression. Since its inception in 2004, the group has raised over $299 million dollars and has 1.9 million users registered.

Whether beard or mustache, you can breathe a sigh of relief as these events finish their course in these final days of November. Shaving time!

Beard shaving - Frontier Fiesta

Watching a Shave - Frontier Fiesta

Clean Shaven - Frontier Fiesta

The photos above are from Frontier Fiesta, a popular three day event held at the University of Houston. Inside the University of Houston Digital Library, you can find historic photographs of UH. In the Frontier Fiesta Collection, you can see images like these, showing some of the exciting events that took place in the 1950s here on campus.

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