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The independent student newspaper of the University of Pittsburgh | | january 13, 2017 | Volume 107 | Issue 102


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Before he came out as gay to his lab group, Alexander Rowden had to figure out what to say when his classmates asked his opinion on certain female celebrities. “They’d be like, ‘Scarlett Johansson’s pretty hot, right?’ and I’d just say she wasn’t really my type or something,” Rowden, a junior math and computer science major, said. According to Rowden, this is the sort of basic heteronormativity that he and other

LGBTQ+ STEM majors on campus want to challenge through the creation of an oSTEM chapter at Pitt. oSTEM, which stands for Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is a national organization with over 50 chapters nationwide. The group is dedicated to educating and empowering LGBTQ+ individuals working in STEM fields and also provides networking opportunities, academic and professional mentoring and career support for those individuals. The organization

provides an online career center, information sessions on professional issues and helps students find financial aid. Cortland Russell, the president-elect of oSTEM’s national organization, said a 2005 IBM-sponsored focus group at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters in Washington D.C. inspired the group to start oSTEM. The organization draws in people who want to find connections between their lives as STEM students and their identities as See oSTEMon page 2

If a new bill passes in Pittsburgh, the city could be joining New York and Philadelphia in closing the pay gap. Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman introduced legislation on Jan. 10 that would prohibit the city from asking for job applicants’ salary history in an effort to reduce wage inequity for women and minorities. The legislation also encourages private companies to create similar policies, according to the release. “By passing this legislation, the City of Pittsburgh is taking a stand against inequality and standing up for fairness and the family-sustaining wages that once built Pittsburgh,” he said in a release. A 2010 study by the National Institute of Health — cited for the legislation — showed that, on average, women receive $7,000 less than men when negotiating their salaries. This was attributed partly to previous salary history and bargaining behavior based on gender norms. According to the study, women anticipate that their assertiveness will lead to backlash like inconsistent workplace evaluations. Because of this, they use See New Bill on page 4




Elaina Zachos

Senior Staff Writer North Side residents are getting a new neighbor. And that neighbor is serious about books. North Side’s Alphabet City Center will celebrate the opening of City of Asylum Books 11 a.m. Saturday. The event, which will take place at 40 W. North Ave., will kickoff with a children’s story hour at 11:30 a.m. After discounts, giveaways, coffee and snacks, the event will end at 5 p.m. The 1,200-square-foot bookstore specializes in translation and world literature. About 10,000 volumes — including new cookbooks, children’s books and cultural studies books — populate its shelves, with sections for translated, outof-print books. The space also consists of a giving library, where patrons can get

oSTEM, pg. 1 LGBTQ+ individuals. “Working in an environment where you’re not aware that there are others like you involved and where you can’t see yourself in the people learning with you and teaching you can be tough,” Russell said. “oSTEM lets people know you don’t have to be closeted to fit in.” Pitt’s chapter — with 80 members on its email list, as of this month, according to Rowden — submitted its application to the national body in the past month and is waiting to be approved and recognized as an official chapter. Rowden said once the application is approved, the club will have access to the resources oSTEM provides its chapters, including connections with other chapters and advice on how to build resumes and apply for grants. The club will also send representatives to the oSTEM national conference in Chicago this fall, where they can get in touch with employers and experts in STEM fields. “Once we have access to those resources, it’ll be easier for us to focus on ideas for how

books for free. “The idea is to bring new kinds of works to as many people as possible — but you might not be able to find the new

James Patterson here,” manager Lesley Rains told Shelf Awareness, a site that publishes book-related newsletters. “The store will be a community space first and

foremost.” The bookstore will host weekly performances as well as cultural events, such as screenings of films that have been banned in other countries. Alphabet City, in which the store is housed, functions as a bar, restaurant and venue for readings, performances and workshops. The bookstore and Alphabet City are both projects of City of Asylum, a nonprofit sanctuary for writers who have been exiled from their countries. It hosts literary programs in the vein of crosscultural exchange, turning derelict North Side properties into artist residences. “I believe strongly in the opportunity here to bring previously underread works from all parts of the world to our community,” Rains said. “[City of Asylum] wants to create a space and store that’s different from anything in Pittsburgh.”

Pitt junior and computer science major Adam Hayes discovered oSTEM in Nov. 2015 after walking around CMU’s campus and noticing the organization’s national conference there. Soon after, he approached Rowden about starting a chapter at Pitt, and they recruited Ream to assist in the application process and serve as vice president.

“I was definitely on board once I heard about it,” Ream said. “I knew we needed a community like this here at Pitt.” Ream said that she has heard homophobic or discriminatory remarks made in her STEM-related classes and labs and wants to let students know that LGBTQ+ people are See oSTEMon page 3


to run the club and how to help each other out,” Rowden said. Erin Cech, an assistant professor of sociology at Rice University, found in a 2015 analysis on federal employees that only 2.7 percent of people surveyed in STEM-related federal agencies identified as LGBTQ+, compared to 3.1 percent in other agencies. Cech also found LGBTQ+ employees in STEM-related federal agencies fared worse in their workplace experiences than LGBTQ+ employees in other agencies. Elena Ream, a junior chemical engineering major and oSTEM’s vice president and co-founder, said oSTEM’s top priority is to help its members help its member confidently enter workplaces where they might be marginalized. “We want to bring in speakers who either work in a STEM field or who represent a business looking for people with a background in STEM to tell us about their work and allow us to make connections,” Ream said. “We’re also hoping to get LGBTQ+ STEM people who will tell us about their experiences regarding their work and their sexuality.”


Josh Lapalme presents at the oSTEM National Conference in 2015, held at Carnegie Mellon University. COURTESY OF OSTEM


oSTEM, pg. 2 in the room — and are listening. “There’s a bunch of guys in one of my engineering groups who say things like ‘oh, that project’s gay’ all the time, and it makes me pretty uncomfortable,” Ream said. “Stuff like that is why we need to raise awareness about the LGBTQ+ STEM community through advocacy and advancement efforts.” Shayla Goller, a sophomore bioengineering major, first heard about oSTEM in October through a Rainbow Alliance email. “I think it’s great that a club specifically for LGBTQ+ STEM people is now at Pitt’s campus, because so many people in Rainbow Alliance are in the humanities,” Goller said. Rainbow Alliance’s president Peter Crouch said — as a business major — he understands the draw of a group like oSTEM, where students who have had similar experiences can bond and relate to one another. “I think a lot of people do want a more specific organization to meet people that are very closely aligned with their interests, and some people want to meet people from a variety of different backgrounds,” Crouch said. “Having a club that serves specific

populations, especially those that have a lot of unique issues, is a great opportunity for students to collaborate on those issues and solve problems on campus and in the world.” According to Goller, oSTEM has had one meeting so far, an informal meet-and-greet and de-stress session right before finals week last semester. Sixteen of the 80 people on Pitt’s oSTEM email list showed up for food, music and mingling. Goller said she and other board members are putting together a list of dates for general body meetings in the coming year and finding speakers for future meetings. Pitt’s Office of Undergraduate Research, BNY Mellon and some other local businesses have already contacted the group about speaking at their meetings. “Our first big project that we’re working on right now is compiling a list for our members of employers, especially local ones, that we know are LGBTQ+ friendly,” Goller said. Rowden said that any and all LGBTQ+ STEM majors are welcome, including allies. “oSTEM’s a place of social and academic support for LGBTQ+ STEM students, but it’s also a place where people can learn,” Rowden said. “It’s about building a community, not isolation.”

USPS TO ISSUE PASSPORTS AT PITT Alexa Bakalarski and Amanda Reed News Editors Instead of going to the post office to apply for a passport, the post office is coming to Pitt. Officials from the U.S. Postal Service will be on campus Jan. 17 and 18 to renew U.S. passports for Pitt students, faculty and staff and accept new passport applications, according to the University Center for International Studies’ website. According to Wendy O’Donnell, marketing and communications manager for the University Center for International Studies, approximately 150 students, faculty and staff are expected to attend the event. Appointments scheduled before the Jan. 4 sign-up deadline will be given priority, according to the center’s website. But, there is a waiting list, and O’Donnell wants to focus on getting those in, making walk-ins unlikely, she says. The event — “Pitt U.S. Passport Day”

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— was Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s idea, O’Donnell said. Bethany Rose Miga, a spokesperson for the chancellor, said Gallagher wants to prioritize global educational experiences for Pitt students and make it easier for students to travel to other countries. “I would love to see more Pitt students interning abroad, studying abroad and traveling abroad,” Gallagher said in an email. “Getting a passport is an important first step in this process. It opens up windows to the rest of the world, which students can benefit from experiencing firsthand.” The event will take place in the lower lounge of the William Pitt Union from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days, and because of popular demand, O’Donnell said it plans to hold another event in September — especially to encourage incoming freshmen to take part through the Pitt Start program this summer.


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fewer negotiation tactics and receive lower salary rates. “Looking into a job applicant’s wage history perpetuates wage inequity for women and minorities,” Councilman Gilman said. “A salary offer should be based on the duties of the job and a candidate’s qualifications.” According to an Oct. 2016 report by the National Partnership for Women and Families, women in the United States make 80 cents for every dollar men make with minority women making even less than that: African American women make 63 cents and Latinas make 54 cents less than their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts. In Pennsylvania, women earn 79 cents for every dollar men earn. In Southwestern Pennsylvania, that wage is even less, with women making 75 cents for every man’s dollar, African-American women making close to 63 cents on the dollar and Latinas making 53 cents on the dollar. Trans women make almost $10,000 a year less than men.

“It’s sad that it’s 2016 and we’re standing here. It’s appalling that women earn less than men in 2016,” Councilman Gilman said at an Equal Pay Day rally in Market Square in April. Other metropolitan areas have implemented similar legislation to what Gilman introduced on Tuesday. Massachusetts recently passed legislation to close the wage gap and will implement the law in July 2018. California passed an equal pay law — one of the toughest in the country — in 2015, that allows current employees who are women challenge their salary if a man is paid a higher rate for the same exact role. On a national scale, Google developed a hiring policy in 2015 where salary history is not part of the hiring process. Instead, a specific dollar amount is assigned to a position and its duties via an algorithm. Pittsburgh City Council will discuss the wage equity legislation and take a preliminary vote during city council’s weekly Standing Committees meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18. A final vote would take place on Jan. 24.

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Top 10 moments you may have missed in Obama’s farewell address President Obama left us with a few final thoughts during his farewell address in Chicago Tuesday night. His iconic themes of hope and change were scattered among his warnings for the future. We’ve seen video clips and screenshots circulating social media of some of his greatest lines — praising Michelle and Joe Biden, asking Americans to maintain hope, tearing up a little at his time as POTUS — but we haven’t heard any buzz about these moments during the speech. Here’s a list of the top 10 things you may have missed in Obama’s farewell address. 10. Obama ziplined onto the stage to the Wu-Tang Clan’s “Bring Da Ruckus” We’ve seen him sing, we’ve seen him dance, we’ve even seen him hold cue cards for Lin Manuel Miranda to rap to, but we hadn’t seen him do this before. His performance was only slightly diminished by all the censoring bleeps. 9. Obama took credit for moon shoes We might have to check the timeline on this one. But if Trump gets to take credit for the economy, Obama should get something, however nonsensical. 8. It took Obama 26 minutes in the middle of his speech to set up the drums for his solo You might have missed it because Joe Biden was busy tuning up his bass and blowing the dust off of his harmonica. We didn’t really mind — we’ll cherish all the time we have left with both of them. 7. Obama name-dropped Nike Jordans and the Wendy’s Baconator He’s getting a head start on those sweet, post-presidency endorsement deals. No word on whether he’s also going to partner with Ray-Ban.

6. Obama revealed he is one half of Daft Punk ... and Biden is the other Honestly, if you think about it hard enough, it makes perfect sense. 5. Joe Biden snuck away to steal all of the Slim Jims from the snack counter They were just sitting there, all the cashiers went to watch the speech. What did you think he was going to do? 4. Obama produced an extra longform birth certificate It was printed on an ancient scroll that tumbled down the front of the stage. Guess he thought he could get one last joke in — it even listed his birthplace as Nairobi, Kenya. Remember when this was a controversy? Oh, the good old days. 3. Obama totally foreshadowed giving Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom He said ‘freedom’ seven times, ‘President’ seven times and ‘the’ 214 times. Could he have given us a bigger clue? 2. Obama endorses Michelle for 2020 We know, she said she wouldn’t run. Then she said it again. Then she started just shaking her head at the rallying cries for her inevitable campaign. But it turns out she was just waiting to shock us all. Campaign slogan: “Let’s move!” 1. Obama finishes his speech by reading lyrics to “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus in its entirety “It’s always gonna be an uphill battle,” he sang. “Somebody’s gonna have to lose.” Then he looked directly at Hillary.

Despite being one of the greatest players in modern baseball, Alex Rodriguez’s career is often overshadowed by his steriod scandal. Rick Loomis TNS vin, who was well-known for his use of drugs Matthew Sable that would be considered banned, perforFor The Pitt News mance-enhancing drugs today. The WashingHas baseball ever been a “clean” sport? ton Post article published in 1889 even proSo many writers, fans and players conmoted the use of Galvin’s concoctions: sider the steroid era — spanning from the late “If there still be doubting Thomases who 1980s until the mid 2000s — as the only time concede no virtue of the elixir, they are respectperiod that saw rampant cheating around the fully referred to Galvin’s record in yesterday’s diamond. Baseball writers such as Wallace Boston-Pittsburgh game. It is the best proof yet Matthews at ESPN, Peter Botte at the New furnished of the value of the discovery.” York Daily News and Tom Verducci at Sports Galvin’s concoction, made of dried and Illustrated have all recently made arguments ground-up animal testicles, helped him throw against voting steroid users into the Baseball for 341 innings in 1889 and for more than 300 Hall of Fame. innings about 10 times in the 13 years prior. Those who agree think the greatest players Galvin used a performance-enhancing drug in the game, some of whom saved baseball af— albeit a crude one — that would be banned ter the MLB strike of 1994, don’t deserve their in today’s game, yet he is still perpetually enspots among baseball’s best. But this judgement shrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. And he ignores the history of baseball, and doesn’t deserves it: Galvin is one of the best pitchers of consider the fact that inflated numbers, by way his generation. of enhancements or tricks, have always been a Gaylord Perry, a pitcher for the Seattle facet of America’s greatest past time. Mariners in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, was just If we wanted to expel “cheaters” from the as legendary, though he would use a spitball Baseball Hall of Fame, we’d have to clean house, starting with icons such as James F. “Pud” GalSee Baseball on page 7

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Baseball, pg. 6 or Vaseline to get more spin on his ball and make it harder to hit. Perry was even caught and ejected for doing this in an infamous 1982 game against the Red Sox, yet he remains in the Hall. Moving into the post-World War II era, America’s reputation was, at least for a slice of time, based largely on its honesty and persistence. In baseball, this time period saw the end of segregated leagues, the first Hispanic baseball player to make it to the MLB and the first all-minority lineup — it was an era known for breaking barriers. Yet, baseball players were still coming up with concoctions to improve their performances. The epoch might be better described as the “amphetamine era.” Amphetamines were a common practice starting in the 1950s and ending with the introduction of modern steroids in the 1980s. Men such as Willie Mays, Willie Stargell, Mike Schmidt and Bill Madlock, who played in those years, have all been accused of using “greenies,” or amphetamine pills baseball players used to sharpen their focus. The only difference between now and 30 years ago is that then commissioner, Peter

Ueberroth, decided not to believe testimony against Madlock and the rest and instead fought to restore the players’ legacies. No, steroids don’t belong in baseball. But there are right and wrong ways to eliminate their use. Bud Selig created a ludicrous system of punishment for players who fail a drug test in 2005. He proposed a 50 game suspension for the first time offense, a 100 game suspension for the second time and a complete ban on the third offense. Selig’s solution was to punish and shame the players into obscurity rather than focus on eliminating the widespread use of the drug — which is the root problem. But we shouldn’t keep punishing modern baseball idols like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Alex Rodriguez. Though they’ve made mistakes, these men deserve to be inducted simply because they are the greatest players of their generation. The MLB is right to ban steroids because they’re harmful for players’ health. But that doesn’t mean that players who used steroids should be shunned forever from the hallowed grounds of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Their games were still played, their talent was still impressive and their legacies still deserve to go down in history with the rest of baseball’s greats.

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added a triple of her own to make it 24-9 Irish less than three minutes into the second quarter. For the second game in a row, the Pitt With the game already turning into a women’s basketball team faced the unenblowout, Pitt sophomore forward Kalista viable task of trying to knock off a top-10 Walters made a pair of free throws and a team on the road. jumper to make it 26-13. But Notre Dame Against the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals answered with another 9-0 run, capped by on Sunday, the Panthers played a mostly another three from Ogunbowale, to make competitive game that eventually turned it 35-13 with 3:02 left in the first half. into a 73-52 loss. Facing a tough oppoThe Panthers closed out the half on a nent again — the ACC’s top-ranked team 7-2 run, but they still trailed 37-20 at the and resident powerhouse — Thursday break. night in South Bend, Indiana, Pitt nevOgunbowale started off the third quarer had a chance against the No. 6 Notre ter with her fourth 3-pointer of the game Dame Fighting Irish. to give the Irish a 20-point lead, then Notre Dame (16-2 overall, 4-1 ACC) nailed her fifth triple less than three min— the three-time defending ACC chamutes later to stretch the gap to pion — quickly established 25. Boley and Notre Dame its dominance against Pitt guard Jackie Young then fol(10-7 overall, 1-3 ACC) lowed with a pair of layups while rolling to an 86-54 to give the Irish a 53-24 lead victory. The Irish never midway through the third let up the attack or gave quarter. the Panthers a chance to Gribble then started heatmount a comeback like the ing up and drained a pair of one they almost pulled off threes, but Pitt couldn’t get against Louisville on Suna stop on the other end. Enday. tering the final quarter, the Notre Dame’s abilPanthers faced a virtually inity to contain Pitt gradusurmountable 64-37 deficit. ate transfer center Brandi Pitt started to find some Harvey-Carr was a huge rhythm on offense in the factor in the outcome. Harsecond half, scoring 17 vey-Carr entered the game points in both the third and after scoring in the double fourth quarters. But Notre figures in five of her last Dame’s offense was even betsix games — including a ter, putting up 27 in the third career-high 25-point perand 22 in the fourth to close formance against the Carout the 86-54 win. dinals. The Panthers will return But the Irish kept Harhome to take on another forvey-Carr in check and midable conference foe, the never let her establish North Carolina Tar Heels, her presence inside. The on Sunday, Jan. 15. Tipoff at 6-foot-4 center, who came the Petersen Events Center is in averaging 12.2 points Brenna Wise (50) and Alayna Gribble (23) led the Panthers with 17 points each. Abigail Self S TAFF PHOTOGRAPHER at 2 p.m. and 5.6 rebounds, finished Sports Editor

with eight points and three rebounds on just 3-of-10 shooting. Harvey-Carr’s lackluster night allowed Notre Dame to dominate the boards, as the Irish out-rebounded the Panthers 4119 and tallied 15 second-chance points while Pitt finished with only two. Meanwhile, sophomore forward Brenna Wise — the Panthers’ leading scorer at 13.4 points per game — got back on track with a team-high 17 points after scoring only four against Louisville. True freshman Alayna Gribble also racked up 17 points for Pitt, doing most of her damage from beyond the arc. The first-year guard attempted 12 3-pointers, making five of them, while only taking

one shot from inside the 3-point line. Aside from the solid contributions from Wise and Gribble, the rest of the Panthers combined to score only 20 points while shooting 6-for-25 from the field. Pitt took an early 5-4 lead after a pair of buckets from Wise and Harvey-Carr, but that was about as good as things would get for the Panthers. Notre Dame responded with a 9-0 run to take a 13-5 lead before a jumper from Wise made it a 13-7 Irish lead at the end of the first quarter. Notre Dame stretched its lead to double digits early in the second quarter on back-to-back 3-pointers by guard Arike Ogunbowale. Forward Erin Boley then

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Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, the only head coach to lead two different programs to national championships and the only coach to lead three different programs to the Final Four, knows a good player when he sees one. Moments after his No. 14 Cardinals overcame Pitt senior point guard Jamel Artis’ 43-point effort and beat the Panthers 85-80 Wednesday night, Pitino compared Artis to one of the best players in the NBA. “He was putting on a Steph Curry performance,” Pitino said about Artis at his postgame press conference, referring to the NBA’s two-time defending Most Valuable Player. Yes, that’s the same Steph Curry who made an NBA-record 402 3-pointers in the 2015-16 season, shattering the record of 286 set the year before by, you guessed it, Steph Curry. Before the season, hearing the 6-foot7 Artis even mentioned in the same sentence as the 6-foot-3 Curry would have been almost unimaginable — much less hearing a direct comparison from one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all-time. Artis had a successful first three years at Pitt, earning second-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore while leading the Panthers in scoring with 13.6 points per game, then raising that average to 14.4 as a junior. But he was known more for his ability to shoot mid-range jumpers and drive to the hoop than his ability to splash threes from all over the court a la Curry. In his first season, Artis only took 27 3-pointers, making eight of them for a measly percentage of 29.6. As a sophomore, he raised that clip nearly 10 full points to 39.4 percent, making 39-of-99 attempts from long range. His percentage dipped to 36.3 as a junior, but he made a career-best 49 threes on 135 attempts. Not bad, but not even in the same

Jamel Artis earned a lofty comparison from Louisville head coach Rick Pitino Wednesday. Wenhao Wu SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER stratosphere as what Curry was doing in the NBA. This season, though, has been a different story for Artis — and that’s before his career-best performance Wednesday night. He entered the game leading the

ACC in 3-point percentage, shooting an impeccable 45.7 percent. Just for reference, Curry’s career-high is 45.5 percent at the NBA level. Artis also came into the game averaging 21.5 points per game, second only to teammate Michael Young’s 22.3.

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By the end of the game, Artis had obliterated his career high of 32 points and soared past Young to take the conference lead at 22.8 points per game. Let’s run past some of the milestones Artis accomplished on his historic night: His 43 points were the second-most in the 112-year history of the Pitt men’s basketball team, only two away from tying Don Hennon’s school-record 45 points against Duke set in 1957. It was the Panthers’ first 40-point game since Jason Maile scored 40 against Villanova on Feb. 12, 1997. The 43 points were the most scored by an ACC player since Boston College’s Tyrese Rice scored 46 against North Carolina on March 1, 2008, and the most against the Cardinals since American’s Joel Curbelo scored 47 against them on Nov. 24, 1995. Most impressive of all, Artis scored a program-record 32 of his 43 points in the second half — matching his previous single-game career high in the final 20 minutes of play. And it wasn’t just any 43-point night — it was an efficient 43-point night. Artis took only 22 shots and made 15 of them, including 7-for-13 from beyond the arc. That means he’s already tied his career-high with 49 made 3-pointers on the season on only 105 attempts — and the season is barely halfway over. His league-best 3-point percentage now sits at a pristine 46.7 percent. So yes, the comparison may have sounded crazy at the beginning of the season, when all the talk was about Artis making the switch from forward to point guard. Surely no one imagined Artis would be the NCAA’s answer to Curry at the position, but the truth is, he’s been playing like it all season. Wednesday night, he made everyone take notice — no one moreso than Pitino. “Give a lot of credit to Jamel Artis,” Pitino said. “He is a terrific basketball player.”


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