Men accept No Shave November challenge

Senior Agriculture Education major Bryan Sircy of Lafayette, Tenn., is participating in No Shave November. “Some of my friends were doing it and I decided I would try it for the first time,” he said. Urban Dictionary defines No Shave November as the month in which you don’t shave any hair of your body but instead you grow more bestial, brutish and manly.

Zirconia Alleyne

Although it may be too early to spot Santa’s silky white mane, it’s just the right time to see some WKU students let their scruffy beards go wild.

In honor of the national phenomenon “No Shave November,” they’ve gone the entire month without shaving.

St. Louis sophomore Jon Lindsey acts as if he’s lost all his razors.

“You’re supposed to just let it grow,” he said. “No trimming, no grooming, no touching of the beard.”

People like Hopkinsville junior Cory Mayes were inspired by the chance to donate to charities such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Those are just two charities involved in No Shave November, according to, a website dedicated to the shave-free month.

For Mayes, No Shave November was a time to bond with his brothers of Alpha Tau Omega.

On Oct. 31, they did the clean shave and decided not to shave until the end of November.

“It’s a chance to show your manliness,” Mayes said. “We’re going all out.”

However, this isn’t just a fraternity tradition.

Lindsey tried the tradition in high school, but said his mom forced him to shave it off.

Since then he’s kept his beard shaven, but leaves a little hair on his chin sometimes.

“I’ve had a couple of people say they like me with a beard,” Lindsey said.

With a few supporters and some friendly competition, he thought it was time to try the tradition again.

Lindsey decided to boycott shaving with his friends Munfordville sophomore J.D. Shadburne and Bryan Sircy, a senior from Lafayette, Tenn.

Shadburne said he plans to have the longest beard out the group since it only took him two days to grow one before.

“I expect to look like Paul Bunyan,” Shadburne said.

For Sircy, the hairy feat may be a little more difficult.

His dark-red beard stays fairly thin and curly, but he hopes it will grow to be two inches long.

“At least something I can pull into a hair bow,” Sircy said.

Despite the ability to grow a beard, other factors may decide the outcome of the guys’ burly adventure and if they can make it to the end of the month.

Sircy didn’t know if his untamed beard would be a hit at WKU Teleflora, where he delivers floral arrangements part-time.

“My boss thinks it’s going to be tacky,” he said.

However, Sircy said he can still make it look respectable.

Mayes isn’t expecting disapproval from his employers at Monster Energy.

“They’re crazy people, so I think they’ll be supportive,” he said.

Shadburne said his girlfriend, Sarah Roy, wasn’t a fan of No Shave November.

Roy, a sophomore from Hendersonville, Tenn., said she actually doesn’t mind the tradition.

“It’s fun for guys to get together and brag about their beards,” she said.

Roy said she likes Shadburne with a beard, as long as it’s groomed.

Shadburne said he’s sure she will like his new look.

“I’m going for the gold,” he said. “I’m just going to let it go wild and do its own thing.”