‘No Shave Movember’ brings a bevy of activities to UNT

‘No Shave Movember’ brings a bevy of activities to UNT

‘No Shave Movember’ brings a bevy of activities to UNT
November 11
10:11 2013

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Mariana Viana / Intern

Inspired by the Pink October initiative, which champions breast cancer awareness, No Shave Movember is raising awareness for testicular and prostate cancer research. UNT and the Meadows Center for Health Resources are organizing month-long events.

Founded in 2003, in Australia, the campaign No Shave Movember promotes awareness of the prevention and early detection of prostate cancer, penile cancer and other male diseases.

This year UNT Meadows Center for Health Resources, UNT Substance Abuse Resource Center, University Program Council, UNT Greek Life, UNT Student Health and Wellness and Eagle Peer Recovery have partnered together to make this a campus-wide educational program and event.

“This year is very exciting because of the shear size of the event,” said Robert Ashford, president of Eagle Peer Recovery and co-organizer of “No Shave Movember. “Getting all of the organizations and departments we have involved has made for one interesting set of contests,”

Every Monday in November, the “No Shave Movember” committee will have a hut set up from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Library Mall, which will feature games as well as educational and awareness training on men’s health. The games and contests will raise money to be donated to the National Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation.

One of the games, “Shave the Balloon,” requires participants to successfully shave a balloon covered in shaving cream. The winner of the $5 contest receives an “I moustache you a question” T-shirt.

For $1, students can participate in the “Celebrity Beards” game, in which they must match beards to the correct celebrity. Prizes include gift cards, wristbands and T-shirts.

Chestnut The Squirrel, the mascot for Movember, will also be at the health hut demonstrating how to “check your package” for testicular cancer. “Check your package” educational programming is a free event.

The $10 contest, the “Best of Show Mo” is a search for the most original and creative moustaches and beards. The organizing committee will track participants’ progress with photos and students will vote at the “Penny Beard Wars” for their favorites at each of the health huts on Mondays on campus. The winners will get prizes such as gift cards, scholarships, trophies, and restaurant vouchers. Students can enter in person any Monday at the Health Hut or online (http://eaglepeerrecovery.com/movember).

“It is important to stimulate the attention on the problem of prostate cancer,” said Dr. Rodrigo Contieri, UNT Visiting Scholar and supporter of the No shave Movember campaign. “Therefore, if the campaign is not used for further development, it is worthless. There must be a continuity.”

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Greek life and registered student organizations are competing for the “Bearded Lady” trophy by raising the most funds for charity.

Rehabilitation studies senior Jeremy Eicke is participating in the “No Shave Movember” campaign as a member of Eagle Peer Recovery to bring awareness to men’s health and, in this particular case, testicular cancer.

“Beards are a staple when it comes to manliness,” Eicke said. “You know what they say, men grow mustaches but gods grow beards.”

Graphic by Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer

Graphic by Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer

 Feature photo: Students across campus like Computer science freshman Dillon Novais are gearing up for “No Shave Movember”. People are encouraged to grow out their facial hair to promote testicular and prostate cancer during the month of November. Photo by Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer 

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