At OU the leaves are changing color, and men are letting their beards grow out. Student Brandon Bartlett says, "The last time I shaved was October 31st. So it's been going for about ten days now I think." Another student Sean says, "That would be October 31st. That night."
Welcome to No-Shave November, a custom of uncertain origin, one that inspires males to forego shaving for thirty days. Brandon says, Iits fun to not shave your beard for a month. It's nice not to shave, to save some time in the morning." Sean says, "Me and my roommates have a bet going to see who can go the longest without shaving."
No-Shave November is observed nationwide. It has a website that features no shave t-shirts and mugs.
How about no shave for almost thirty years? Well, that's another story. Actually, No-Shave November has a serious purpose, raising awareness about prostate cancer.
Sean says, "I actually was not aware of that. That's the very first I'm hearing about it. But cool, all right."
For the guys, not shaving is a statement about masculinity. But what do the women think? Student Melissa Poole says, "I think its fine. I don't mind it. It's like a winter look."
Another student Julie Bock says, "Some guys can pull it off, and some guys just can't. Especially some of the younger freshmen who can't really grow beards yet. You know, it's not really working for them."
All good things must come to an end, and Brandon Bartlett knows it. He says, "I have a girlfriend, and like our six-month anniversary is like November 26th, and she wants me to shave."
Yes, no matter what the month, there are limits to growth. The Oklahoma State University football team is also participating in No Shave November.