OGDEN — The resolution to recognize Mustache March passed by a hair, but not before Weber State University student senators removed some of its “teeth.”
The WSU senators, who met Monday afternoon, agreed to support the resolution only after wording that declared “Mustache March” the “most awesome month” was removed.
That came after Sen. Dave Wilson pointed out, “December is also pretty important.”
The resolution as passed reads, in part, “The Senate recognizes that some students at WSU proudly observe ‘Mustache March,’ and it (will) be officially recognized by the Senate.”
But Student Body President Kyle Braithwaite plans to exercise his veto power. The resolution would then return to the student Senate and require a three-quarter approval by senators in order to pass.
“There are many worthwhile special events students observe, like Women’s History Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” Braithwaite said.
“That doesn’t mean one or all of them need to be recognized by the Senate. Some people celebrate no-hair November. Students don’t need the Senate’s approval to decide what they will celebrate.
“I believe the resolution was worded in a way that could diminish other similar activities or choices by students of Weber State University.”
Mustache March is a popular movement that calls for men to grow mustaches during March, for fun and competition, and sometimes to raise money for charities.
According to Mustache March lore, it started as a good-natured protest against U.S. Air Force facial hair regulations. The military movement was founded in honor of U.S. Air Force triple-ace Robin Olds, who served in World War II and Vietnam, and who grew a bushy, nonregulation mustache, which he sometimes waxed into handlebar style.
In recent years, Mustache March has gained popularity in the general population. At ski resorts, including Snowbasin, ski patrol members for many years have grown mustaches in March.
Back at the Student Senate meeting, a clean-lipped Brady Harris, the WSU Davis senator, proposed the Mustache March resolution, suggested to him by Student Senate President Justin Neville, a longtime grower of March-only mustaches.
“We can give the month of March more credibility,” Neville said.
Another senator argued that March had no image problem and already has NCAA basketball’s March Madness as a sizable claim to fame.
Several of the senators sat and giggled while others argued their points.