Okay, as a way to poll the audience, and to see if anyone actually ever reads this blog, post your vote by posting a comment: Shawn with a beard, or without. You can tell by the title what my preference is but don't let that sway you. Don't let the itchy, scratchy, gnarly appearance and never-ending upkeep sway you either. Or the aging it does to his appearance or the characteristic dimples it hides or the way it fades his eyes.
No seriously, it was much ado this past Christmas break so it would be interesting to see others thoughts. His students got a kick out of it, which is good since that's who he grew it for. Enough babbling, vote!
Side note: Don't you love his equally annoyed expression in both. Such a camera charmer!