They lurk above eerie smiles, offering remnants of meals long ago digested. Women turn away from them; freshmen wish they could sport them. Causing controversy in the testing center and turning heads on campus, the mustache plays an oddly important role in the culture of BYU.
While official Honor Code policy allows the facial hair which makes Yanni much more than just a musician but a demigod in his own right, there is an unseen lack of support for the sub-nasal stache on campus.
“You definitely get a lot more attention,” said Hyrum Taylor, 23, from Irvine, Calif. “A lot of sideways glances; people who are freaked out by the mustache.”
The Honor Code reads: “If worn, mustaches should be neatly trimmed and may not extend beyond or below the corners of the mouth.”
Students have wondered why they are allowed to have mustaches but not beards. Steve Baker, director of the Honor Code office, spoke on the topic.