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Cuttin’ for a cause

Sierra College hosts Locks of Love event
By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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Long hair fell to the floor on Sierra College’s Rocklin campus recently as six men and one woman chopped their tresses for a cause. More than 60 inches of hair was donated to Locks of Love, with monetary donations reaching more than $2,000 that was split between the American Cancer Society and Women Escaping a Violent Environment. Michael Kane, associate dean of the math and science departments at Sierra College, spearheaded Friday’s event. Every two years Kane said he forms a group like this to donate his locks. Kane was one of many long-haired men preparing for the scissors in front of a large crowd in the courtyard outside of the Campus Center. With help from Supercuts, some of them turned into clean-shaven, buzzed-cut men that friends and family said took years off their faces. Cliff Myers with Sierra College’s math department was in the chair first. He sat down as a man with a beard that almost hit his lap, while seated. After the cut, he stood up an almost clean-shaven man. “Any last words?” a woman from the crowd asked Myers seconds before the first snip was made. “It will grow back,” he said. The individuals who made the top donations were able to choose whose hair to cut. Maile Barron and Laurie Pieracci, colleagues of Myers in the math department, took the scissors to his beard, saying farewell to a three-year-old long and gray beard. Doreen Prado, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life, was in the crowd to support the hair loss. She said the group of men is known around campus as “the hairy men’s club.” “I think it’s kind of something that they each wanted to do for some reason,” she said. Gary Cerar, instructional assistant with the math center, had been growing out his long, dark hair for approximately 20 years. He said he let it grow after he left the military. Kane cut an 18-inch ponytail off Cerar, who still had shoulder-length hair after the snip. One member of the hairy men’s club, Michael Glashan, with Sierra College’s IT department, was asked not to cut his hair. “Mike Glashan, in the name of the women of Sierra College, may not cut his hair,” Kane said. Kane said women at the school donated money for Glashan to keep his lengthy locks. After the five scheduled men were trimmed, a long-haired student from the crowd came forward to donate his hair as well. “I’m kind of nervous a little bit, it’s a big step,” student Sergio Juco said as he sat in the chair. Juco said he’d been growing out his hair for three years. Last to take a seat was Cerar’s wife, Shannon Cerar, who spontainiously decided to get a haircut. With a tight crowd, people watched as the six men and one woman donated their hair for a cause. Kane said despite the down economy, people were pretty generous with their donations, which as of press time reached $2,100 and resulted in almost six feet of hair to be donated to Locks of Love. Many of the men, as they ran their hands through their now-shortened hairdos, said the feeling was unfamiliar. “The weirdest thing is when the wind hits your neck,” Kane said. Contact Lauren Weber at laurenw@goldcountrymedia.com.