Each year the temperatures
dip, the seasons shift, and the harsh
November winds begin to blow.
At this time of year, students
across campus take part in the
annual event aptly titled No-Shave
“I enjoy No-Shave November
because I no longer have to try to tame
my thick and massive beard,” saidBryan Driebel, a regular participant
in the annual event. “I can let it grow
and be free, the way it was meant to
Chris Fahley agreed with Driebel,
making note of his beard’s many
“I enjoy my facial hair because it
keeps me warm during the winter. I
chose to embrace it because it would
be foolish to try and always keep a
clean face,” Fahley said. “Plus, people
with clean shaven face are often evil, like Chucky, The Joker and Emperor
Fahley also explained that not
having to shave is yet another added
bonus that the naked faced must do
“I enjoy not having to take time
to shave. For myself, I know it will
take 45 minutes if I have to go to
a completely clean face after three
weeks of growth, even 30 if I’m just
trimming it up,” Fahley said.
Despite these benefits, there are critics to the rugged look. Logan Feldt
said that he takes beard criticism with
a grain of salt.
“I have been ridiculed once for
my beard, and I am no longer friends
with said person. People that talk
down on my beard are not worthy to
be in my life,” Feldt said.
Like Feldt, Driebel also said he
has little time for haters, though he
has dealt with few since he started
growing facial hair.
“I started growing facial hair inseventh grade and back then I wanted
nothing to do with it, but now people
love my beard and I wouldn’t have
it any other way. I have only known
one person who did not like it; it
was a girlfriend back in the day, and
needless to say it didn’t last long,”
Fahley also identified with his
facial hair at an early age and cited
several bearded idols that inspired
him in his shaved youth.
“Growing up, my big bearded
idols were sheriffs in old western
movies as well as Paul Bunyan. To
me, it seemed that beards have often
been associated with people of great
power and strength, like Zeus, Jesusand Santa Claus,” Fahley said.
Feldt explained that his beard
was also motivated by a number of recognizable figures.
“My bearded idols are a no brainer: my Pops, Chuck Norris,
Freddie Mercury and Ron Swanson.
The best facial hair has to be ZZ
Top—they are old and distinguished
beards, the best kind,” Feldt said.
Chuck Norris also topped
Fahley’s list of inspirational beards.
“I feel that the best beard of
all time award has to go to Chuck
Norris,” Fahley said. “I’ve never seen
Chuck with a clean-shaven face, it
must be what gives him his amazing
Though Driebel, Feldt and Fahley
all agree that No-Shave November is
a joyous celebration of masculinity, all
three were adamant that the growing
of a warm, winter pelt should be
reserved only for those who can do
“Do not grow a pencil thin
mustache or a peach fuzz wannabe
beard. You need to be able to actually
grow real hair. People these days
don’t seem to know that and they
grow whatever they can and it ends
up looking sick and creepy. Don’t be
that creep,” Driebel said.
Again, Fahley agreed.
“I feel that only those who can
grow in a full beard should. It is sadand painful to watch someone grow
out an area on their right cheek and
upper lip and chin, but have a barren
wasteland on the rest of their face,”
Feldt described the look as trashy,
Still, Fahley encouraged all who
could grow a beard to take part in this
“Facial hair should no longer be
frowned upon. It is a sign of being
a man of power, of wisdom and of
knowledge. No Shave November is
the perfect time of the year for us
men to enjoy that which makes us,”