Although the mustache had held its ground atop Mash's upper lip for a long 33 years, he returned to work after the summer of 2003 whisker-less.Articles were written in the student paper, and the subject was debated by many. Despite a large furor over a small bit of hair, Chancellor Mash was clearly able to maintain a good perspective.
Susie Johnson, the program assistant to the chancellor, said the entire office was stunned to see Mash without his 'stache.
"As I look ahead to retirement I can see myself with my head completely shaved and wearing an earring. Of course I wouldn't go for that look while I'm the chancellor, given the reaction to simply shaving off a mustache. I don't think the campus nor Madison is ready for that."Most people don't get this much attention paid to their shaving habits, of course.