Mustaches and facial hair have taken over many faces on Tech’s campus, turning November into Movember.
Tech’s Interfraternity Council has been raising money and awareness this month for its annual philanthropy, Movember.
Movember is a worldwide philanthropy, which involves participants growing mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.
“This year for Movember, I am trying to get as much people involved so IFC can raise a lot of money for this philanthropy and have fun while doing so,” Jordan Young, IFC vice president of philanthropy, said. “The more people we have involved, the more difference we will make on campus and in our community.”
For the first time IFC decided to involve the Panhellenic sororities on campus, making each sorority eligible to compete in Movember.
“It is great that the sororities are getting involved this year and are helping the fraternities raise awareness for Movember,” Young said. “It is important to show them even though this philanthropy affects males directly, indirectly women will probably have a male at some point in their life that is affected by prostate cancer.”
Kappa Delta member Chandler Witt agreed.
“I am very excited that sororities will be able to participate in Movember this year,” she said. “Having Panhellenic involved with IFC philanthropy is a great idea that brings us together for a great cause.”
Each fraternity that participated chose one member to represent them as their candidate. The candidate started with a clean-shaven face at the beginning of the month and grew their facial hair for the month of November. Each sorority that participated also chose a representative from any fraternity on campus to be the candidate for their sorority. Every candidate registered on the Movember website and raised money for donations.
“It is a good way for men, especially in the Greek system, to come together for a common cause regardless of our affiliation and do something as men together,” Phi Gamma Delta member Byron Nickens said.
Sigma Chi member Zach Andreasen said, “Participating in Movember not only connects you philanthropically with your university, but with a giant network of Mo Bro’s around the country, all dedicated to bond together to fight prostate cancer, which plagues nearly a quarter of our gender.”
Throughout November each participating organization has been raising money not only from donations, but also through T-shirt sales and banquet ticket sales. The money earned will go directly to a foundation helping to research prostate cancer.