The Brown/RISD Beard Competition: A Recap

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No-shave November is in full swing, and it is a perfect time to celebrate all forms of facial hair. Last Saturday, Brown University Beard Appreciation Society (BUBAS) sponsored the inaugural Brown/RISD Beard and Mustache Competition. Nine hairy hopefuls competed in five categories: Mustache, Whiskerina (women with fake facial hair), Five O’Clock Shadow, Partial Beard, and Full Beard. The entrants were scored by three local facial hair aficionados. A beardless MC named Stew officiated the competition.

When called forward, the competitors walked across the front of the room, displaying their facial hair to the audience and judges. MC Stew would ask the competitors a few questions about facial hair, but spent most of the competition making fun of dreadlocks, Davy Jones, Thoreau’s Walden, and more.

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Audience participation was encouraged.

Though the event drew fewer participants than BUBAS had hoped for, the facial hair on display was impressive. Patrick (Brown) won the mustache award with his twisted handlebar. Patrick put up a good fight in the Partial Beard division as well, but lost to Eliot (Brown), who sported a thick goatee and two voluminous muttonchops. Catherine (RISD) was the only entrant in the Whiskerina division and won by default. But the judges commended her for the creative way in which she had pulled her hair into a silky mustache. The Five O’Clock Shadow field was also won by default.

A few RISD students and one shaggy Brown student vied for the prestigious title of Full Beard champion. Jake (RISD) displayed a clean and even beard that he attributed to “good genes.” Emory (RISD) wore a more free-form beard that covered his cheeks and chin in thick facial shrubbery. Noah (Brown) sported a curly look.

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Emory, the 2014 Brown/RISD Full Beard champion.

It was close, but Emory emerged the champion and walked out with a bottle of professional-grade beard oil.

Anyone looking to participate in next year’s Beard and Mustache Competition should start eating lots of keratin. For, as MC Stew pointed out, “beards are made of protein.”

Images via Ari Snider ’18. 


Student Group Spotlight: Brown University Beard Appreciation Society

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Those of you who frequent Morning Mail may have caught the announcements for the Brown University Beard Appreciation Society (BUBAS). Needless to say, we were intrigued by their announcements and wanted to learn more. Past messages have included promises of discussing President Lincoln’s beard to appreciating beards in film. We reached out to Elliot Grossman ’17, the Morning Mail contact, to find out some more details about this club. Here is a Q&A with Elliot telling you everything you need to know about the Brown University Beard Appreciation Society:

BlogDH: So, how did this idea to create a beard appreciation society come about? Who was involved in starting it?

Elliot: One night, the idea to form this club came to mind, so I looked around for bearded people and polled whether or not they would be interested in participating in a beard-related club at Brown. The response was unanimously in favor of creating such a club, so I set to work. I completed the paperwork and requirements of creating the Beard Appreciation Society with help from my co-founder, Mike Petro ’17. He was instrumental in planning what the club would actually do.

BlogDH: And now that you’re a club, what does a typical meeting look like?

Elliot: Meetings take place every other Sunday at 5:00 pm for about 45 minutes to an hour, so we call them “5 o’clock shadow meetings.” We begin by critiquing a famous beard, whether it be historical or contemporary; then we move on to the topic of the day [e.g. beard styles, shaving techniques, beard theory (possible future styles), beard stigma, etc.]; followed by current events that relate to the club; and finally plans for the future of the club, either possible events or in general.

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