By Luke Onoroto ‘20

With No-Shave November going on, Brother Rice has found the perfect way to allow students to participate despite policies on facial hair. That way would be Fear the Beard.

Fear the Beard is a yearly event at Brother Rice that allows participating students to abstain from shaving for the month of November and not face punishment for doing so. At the end of the month, each participating Crusader gets their beard rated and votes for best beard get put in; everyone wants to have the best beard. In order to participate, a student must raise $100 dollars to donate to the Andrew Weishar Foundation, which may seem like a lot of money but it is a spectacular cause to support.

Mr. Dolan, the organizer and administrator of the fundraiser, said, “It’s great, we’ve been doing it for 4 years now and we’ve raised about six to seven thousand dollars in total. It’s for the kids.” Mr. Dolan says this year raised plenty of donations as well and he expects more to come. He also challenges freshmen to donate even if they cannot grow a beard because it is most important to remember what’s at the heart of the event – helping kids with cancer.

Participating senior Anthony Matejko said, “I love it. Not only do I not have to worry about shaving but I also get to contribute to something amazing.”

Another senior Dan Hackett said, “I can’t wait to see who wins best beard. I’m definitely voting for myself.”

Be sure to pay attention to your bearded Crusaders, so when the time comes you know who to vote for.

Be afraid of the beard; it is coming for you.