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Leadership class brings awareness to men's health

10/25/2011

By KLINT SPILLER

kspiller@dailynews.net

Mustaches are coming back into style -- at least for the month of November.

Students from the Fort Hays State University Leadership 310 class are bringing Movember, a mustache-growing movement, to the FHSU campus.

Movember is an international campaign to promote awareness for men's health issues, such as prostate cancer and other cancers affecting men. Men, known as "Mo Bros," grow their mustaches during November to become walking billboards for the movement.

With the support of women, known as "Mo Sistas," they raise funds to support men's health.

Senior Tori North, a participant in the project, said to her knowledge, this is the first year Movember has happened on the FHSU campus.

"We are hoping to raise awareness," North said. "Our initial goal was to hit at least $500 in funding. ... The biggest thing is raising awareness."

North said it is a battle that needs to be fought.

"Men's health is really overlooked," North said. "Compared to women, men don't do check-ups. They don't get prostate exams or anything like that."

Her group has developed a strategic plan and will be implementing it throughout the month.

They will have a kickoff event from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1 in the FHSU Quad, where they will give out razors and pulled-pork sandwiches to students who sign up to participate.

The participants will shave and be photographed afterward to show their starting point before growing out their mustaches.

On Nov. 15 and 29, participants can stop by the Union to have their progress photo and final mustache photo taken.

Every Tuesday in November, the group will have a table in the Union, where they will have different informational displays and hand out coupons to local restaurants for Movember participants.

The group will have its final event for the public from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at Neighbars Bar and Grill.

Though their group is composed of five females and only one male, it didn't stop them from supporting the movement.

"For some time now, men have been very supportive of issues such as breast cancer, domestic violence, typical issues that you would think are women's issues," said Christie Brungardt, professor of leadership studies. "That really was a driving force for so many females who think they should get involved in fighting for men's issues."

Anyone interested in the Movember campaign can visit www.movember.com or contact the FHSU Movember team by email at fhsu_movember@hotmail.com. Updates on the team's progress throughout the month of November also will be available through a Facebook page.

The Leadership 310 class has two sections with multiple teams working on a number of projects, such as the Mutts and Monsters 5,000-meter walk/run for the Western Plains Animal Refuge and a project in which students will help repaint the fire hydrants in Ellis.