November 9, 2011- Issue 8 Opinion

Beware the flu!

Opinion Editor

Hey…. Hey you. Yeah, I’m talking to you. Wanna join me for a party? It’ll be a riot, a genuine rager. It’s gonna last for a few days, and man are we gonna have everything; fevers, runny noses, coughs, sore throats, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea if everything works out.

The theme of this party is “influenza,” and it’s going down in my body. Tell everyone, bring your friends. Just show up and let me cough in your face, and you’re good to go.

In all honesty, I don’t have the flu, and I probably won’t this year, because (drum roll) I got a flu shot. It was easy. I went to the doctors office a few weeks ago when classes started and assignments hadn’t piled up and was in and out in less than an hour. I’m addressing this issue because it’s one that aggravates me.

While these symptoms are quite awful, especially considering you can have them for a decent period, students don’t seem too concerned about getting vaccinated.

I understand that classes are getting busy and it’s inconvenient to set up an appointment with a doctor and get a shot, but sometimes we even have vaccines available at the wellness center.

Scared of needles? Now they have nasal-spray vaccines. And it’s not just that the flu is so easy to avoid, but it’s also easy to spread.

You can be contagious 24 hours before you even show symptoms, and up to about 7 days after symptoms appear. Also, considering we live in dorms where we share living spaces and restrooms, illness can spread like a wildfire. Before my very eyes I have seen miniature pandemics explode across campus and turn into academic apocalypses; homework left unfinished, assignments missed, research unattended and group projects fall into anarchical neglect. And that was just with nameless colds and 2 4 – h o u r viruses.

In short, the flu is a bad, bad, thing that can easily be avoided . So please, for the love of all that is good, eat right, sleep, wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and get a flu vaccine. An hour of your time could quite easily prevent you from a lot of discomfort and hassle down the road.

Scores of men submit to No-Shave November

News Editor

I had never heard of No-Shave November, Movember or Novembeard until my senior year of high school, and I used to think it was a pointless event for lazy men (and women) to shirk their personal grooming habits. That is, until very recently.

It turns out “Movember” is a legitimate event—cleverly named using a blend of “mo” (short for moustache) and “November”—created back in 1999 by a montage of men in a Melbourne mezzanine. In 2004, they created the Movember Foundation, which serves to raise money and awareness for a myriad of men’s health issues including, but not limited to, depression and prostate cancer.

Since that time, the cause has caught on in 11 other countries including Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2010, Movember even combined with another event called “Tacheback,” which raised awareness about testicular cancer.

No-Shave November also recently intrigued me because of its environmental implications. If the entire world’s population of men (and women) ceased to shave for an entire month, think of  the waste we could reduce!

Fewer razors. Less shaving cream. No electricity being used to charge your Philips- Norelco “Nivea for men” shaver that moisturizes your face while you shave.

Now hold on a second, partner! You can’t just jump into this all willy-nilly, no siree! There are rules you’ve got to follow. Rule 1: You must have a clean-shaven face at the start of November. Rule 2: You must grow and groom a mustache for the entire month of November. Rule 3: The mustache must not connect to the sideburns. Rule 4: No goatees or joining the handlebars to your chin. Rule 5: You must behave as a true country gentleman. Personally, I think another rule of Movember should be, “All participants must actually look good with excess facial  hair.” I suppose some people think a little extra ‘stating will make them look like Hugh Jackman, when, in reality, they come out looking like Hagrid.

For most people who participate, November is just a month to avoid keeping up with at least one component of personal hygiene, but for others, it is a way to promote men’s health, a cause that can often be overlooked.

It may be too late to play exactly by the rules, but you can still register online at or even help raise awareness for the interest. Either way, think twice before discounting this hairy-but-worthwhile cause.


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