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November 17, 2010

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John Siegel, left, and Papken O'Farrell, colleagues in the Evans School, are growing mustaches of behalf of a charity for men's health. | Photo by Mary Levin

MO BROS: They may not be as popular as they were when Magnum P.I. was on television, but mustaches still attract attention, and thats the point of Movember, an annual effort to “change the face of mens health,” as the website puts it. And some men at the University are pitching in, including five in the Evans School of Public Affairs.

“It all happened kind of by accident,” said Papken OFarrell, a program coordinator at the school.  “Two of us heard about it independently and decided to participate. Then we pitched the idea to co-workers and friends and put it up on Facebook and it seemed to get some popularity among co-workers in the Evans School.”

What the men are doing is growing mustaches for the month of November. Theyve formed a team, appropriately dubbed Snidely Whiplash, and are soliciting pledges to support research for prostate and testicular cancer — and also public education and awareness. The idea is, when someone sees the mustache and asks about it, the participant tells them about Movember and solicits a pledge. OFarrell and his teammates — Jesse Knappenberger, Joe Eastham, Jason Smith and John Siegel — hope to raise $3,000 this year.

Movember originated in Australia, but quickly spread around the world. Participants are known as Mo Bros, and women can help by lending their support, thereby becoming Mo Sistas. To donate to OFarrells team, or to the cause in general, go to the website.

FOOD AND FINANCES: And speaking of money for charity, the Capital Projects Office held its annual spaghetti feed, and raised $730. This years offering goes to Northwest Hope and Healing, which provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients in need, for non-medical support services such as child care, meal service, transportation, and emergency rent. The office also contributed to Northwest Harvest and is collecting coins for the Make a Wish Foundation.


Cristina Gonzalez, left, plays Hansel, Elizabeth Giesbers is the witch and Brenna Sluiter is Gretel in the School of Music's production of 'Hansel and Gretel.'

He spent the summer building sets while his wife Zilke put together the costumes. This fall hes had full days of rehearsal followed each evening by the trek to a church basement in Everett where he continued working on sets. Hes gotten home around midnight each night, only to get up the next day and do it all again. And when it came time to load the sets into Meany Hall, he was the one to drive the truck and do the schlepping. Although he got a lot of help from Stage Manager Dan Miller, it was Harper who literally made this opera happen.  You can see it at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21.

POLICY STAR: Sandra Archibald, dean of the Evans School of Public Affairs, has been named president-elect of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, which is the top professional organization in her field.  She will be president-elect this year and assume the presidency next year.

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