By Peter Bloch
“I see that you got rid of the animal on your face” -Corbet Clark, Head of OES US
No-Shave November is an OES tradition that comes from the worldwide “Movember” movement. For those who don’t know, Movember is an awareness raising month for various men’s cancers in which people grow out their mustache or “mo.” Using the money that they save by not buying razors and shaving cream, these people will donate their savings to fund further cancer research.
I am a believer in this movement, and I have family all over the world who participate in this event. What I find most surprising is how few people participated in OES’ own modified version. In past years, a majority of the senior class participated in the event. Last year alone, I can think of 20 people who decided to grow for the cause.
In contrast to OES’ spirit shown for this event in former years, I was one of two people participating this time around. I do recognize, however, that there are some who have the inability to grow facial hair and instead choose not to shave their legs/arms/etc., but I wonder as to why we are not so engaged as we have been in previous years.
I personally believe it has to do with a variety of factors, but from asking most of the school body, I can safely say that most of the student body either doesn’t know enough about what it is to participate, or doesn’t understand why we do it. Apparently this tradition has faded into antiquity, which raises the question: “Why would someone participate when there are so many other easier causes to support?”
My case is simple: OES should continue the tradition because it’s exactly what we as a school stand for. While it may not seem like it, the societal norm for many people is to be clean shaven, as it is a part of retaining good hygiene. It is for this reason, however, that during the month of November, countless men grow out their facial hair to show solidarity with others facing Men’s health issues. In my time at OES, I have found two things: the first is that we are always open. second, we never back down from a challenge. Whether it’s Athletics or Academics we never give up, and that’s why I hope you join me next year in keeping the dream alive.
(Lastly I would like to point out that there was no ill-intent in Corbet’s comment.)