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Move Over November, It’s Movember! November 21, 2014

Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Uncategorized.

The idea for Movember was born in Australia in 2003 when two mates, Travis Garone and Luke Slattery, questioned where the “mo” (short for mustache) had gone and vowed to bring it back by challenging their mates to grow a mo during the month of November. Inspired by a relative’s fundraising for breast cancer, the friends decided to dedicate their campaign to men’s health issues. Today, Movember is a global annual campaign to “change the face of men’s health” by raising awareness about men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health problems. The Movember Foundation continues Travis and Luke’s vision by challenging men to grow moustaches during the month of November to spark conversation, raise funds, and awareness.

According to the Movember Foundation:

1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males between the ages of 15 and 35
More than four times as many men as women die by suicide in the U.S.
The average life expectancy for American men is almost five years less than women

In honor of Movember, Special Collections and Archives takes a look back at the mo on UCI campus during the 1960s and 70s.

.May day celebrations Gateway Plaza 1969

May Day celebration, Gateway Plaza, 1969

Student with admisssion officer 1975

Student with admission officer, 1975


Interested in seeing more UCI moustaches? Check out the links below.


Students performing in theatrical production, ca. 1968


Scene of students, ca. 1969-75


Groups of students hanging out 1973-74


Student filling out application forms 1975


Student discussion in class San Joaquin Marsh field trip


Student discussion in class San Joaquin Marsh field trip


Harold Koopowitz, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 1978




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