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The independent student newspaper of the University of Pittsburgh | PIttnews.com | july 11, 2018 | Volume 109 | Issue 9

PITT PROFESSORS PURSUE NEW GRANT-FUNDED PROJECTS

BOARD OF TRUSTEES UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO RENAME PARRAN HALL

Mario Cattabiani III For The Pitt News

Christian Snyder and Janine Faust The Pitt News Staff

After a long campaign of ballots, petitions, special committees and a recommendation from the chancellor, the main building for Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health will no longer be named after Thomas Parran Jr., a former Pitt dean who presided over the infamous and racist Tuskegee and Guatemala syphilis experiments during his time as U.S. surgeon general. Pitt’s Board of Trustees, a governing body of 36 voting members which oversees all University activities, voted unanimously in its summer meeting Friday, June 8, to remove Parran’s name. The Board did not decide on a new name for the building on DeSoto Street. Parran has a checkered reputation. Along with acting as surgeon general from 1936 to 1948 and helping establish the Graduate School of Public Health in 1948, he was also a founding member of the World Health Organization and a pioneer in treating sexually transmitted diseases. Following his passing in 1968, the See Parran on page 2

Tessa Santoro, 7, from Forest Hills, creates spin art on a record at the stand for Homemade Arcade during SouthSide Works Exposed Sunday afternoon. Anna Bongardino | visual editor

BOARD APPOINTS NEW PROVOST, ANNOUNCES FIVE NEW INDUCTEES Christian Snyder and Kieran Mclean The Pitt News Staff

The Pitt Board of Trustees appointed former Boston University Dean of the College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,

Ann E. Cudd, as Pitt’s new provost Friday, June 29. The board also inducted five new trustees, including President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Penguins David J. Morehouse and re-elected former PNC Executive Vice President Eva See Provost on page 2

BIG IDEA CENTER BRINGS INNOVATION TO PITT Brittany Zortman

For The Pitt News Pitt students will soon have the opportunity to fit their big ideas into one space — a workplace that will harbor the tools and resources they need to make these ideas a reality. This year the University of Pittsburgh Innovation

Institute, an organization focused on entrepreneurship and innovation, announced the establishment of a Big Idea Center, a space where students can translate forward-thinking projects into real-world enterprises. The center was announced during the 10th See Big Idea on page 2

Pitt is investing in change this summer, beginning with projects from professors at the University. The first-ever Pitt Seed Project awarded a total of more than $1 million to 23 programs designed to play an instrumental role in transforming the University. The grants will fund a wide range of facultyproposed studies, community partnerships and workshops, ranging from efforts to treat birth defects, reduce inmate recidivism and advance research into better water use. Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced the grant program in January, and by the March deadline 171 faculty members had applied for funding. Those applicants were eventually cut to the final 23 announced recipients. “We launched Pitt Seed to directly engage our university community members in enriching our mission and advancing the Plan for Pitt,” Gallagher said in an email. “The response from faculty and staff members has been overwhelming — and it underscores the idea that everyone can play a part in driving meaningful and powerful change at Pitt.” Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Kurt Weiss received a $50,000 grant to fund the Pittsburgh Sarcoma Research Collaborative, or PSaRC — a project that will aim to develop new See Pitt Seed on page 3


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annual Randall Family Big Idea Competition in March, an annual competition that seeks teams of students who have concepts they would like to advance as startup projects. Over the course of February and March, students pitch their ideas and learn to streamline a business model for their project. The top finalists receive money in order to support the teams’ ideas and bring them to life. Pitt’s Innovation Institute shares the Big Idea Competition’s focus on forward-facing ingenuity, providing many programs and events for students since its establishment in 2013. These programs include experiential education with academic partners, mentorships with experienced entrepreneurs, the Blast Furnace accelerator — a program that helps Pitt students commercialize their ideas — as well as hosting competitions. Now, with the formation of the Big Idea Center, all these initiatives share one physical space. “It kind of evolved from a single contest to a whole collection of educational opportunities, competitions and learning experiences,” Evan Facher, in-

Parran, pg. 1 American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association began giving away a Lifetime Achievement award named after him in 1972. But similarly to Pitt’s Board of Trustees, the ASTDA ultimately voted to rename the award in 2013 after Parran was linked to two notorious experiments in the field of public health during his time as surgeon general. One of these was the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, in which American researchers observed the course of untreated syphilis among hundreds of African American men in Alabama who were infected naturally from 1932 to 1972 — even after the worldwide introduction of penicillin. Parran is also now tied to the Guatemala syphilis experiments, where American researchers intentionally exposed more than 1,300 Guatemalan prisoners and mental institution patients to venereal diseases from 1946 to 1948. The exact breadth of his involve-

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terim director of the Innovation Institute said. “And now it is evolving under one umbrella that can hold all those things together.” The Big Idea Center is located in the Gardner Steel Conference Center. Student teams who are a part of the Innovation Institute’s incubation programs will have 24-hour access to a space with offices, a conference room, open work areas and complete internet access. Babs Carryer, the Director of Education and Outreach for the Innovation Institute, will work as the director of the Big Idea Center. She said the Center will be a great place for students to collaborate with entrepreneurs. “I now have a place where I can conduct sessions and where my entrepreneurs and residents can meet with the student teams. They can hold meetings, talk to each other and have peer-to-peer interaction,” she said. “They get to interact with students who are doing different projects, but have the same desire around innovation and entrepreneurship.” The center is available to undergraduate through post-graduate students. It is also open to those in all schools and areas of study, working closely with various academic departments throughout the campus. ment in these experiments is not clear. Evidence suggests that while he did not perform the experiments, he supported them with funding and followed their progress. Student reactions to the announcement of the name change are mixed. Karee-Anne Rogers, a senior majoring in Africana studies and English writing, said the Board made the right move by deciding to change the name and was pleased to learn the vote was unanimous. “I am going to be on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee this year,” she said, “and it’s important to me that not only students get involved and put pressure on administrators to change things, but that administrators who believe in us and listen to us put pressure on each other.” Rogers said changing the name should be easy, since the University has plenty of notable alumni to choose from. “There has to be some alumni who, although living in a world living fraught with issues, made history without doing anything as bad as unethical STD experiments,” she said.

“Multidisciplinary teams can bring a different set of skills and perspectives to a project that really can help it be something in the real-world marketplace,” Carryer said. The Big Idea Center collaborates with local accelerator programs, such as Ascender and Alphalab Gear, to ensure that when projects and startup companies graduate from Pitt’s facilities they have a soft landing place off campus. “It’s a unique, immersive educational experience,” Facher said. “It’s really hands-on with being able to take their own ideas and understand what it takes to go from a concept to commercialization.” Select teams of students participated in the Big Idea Competition this year and experienced what the center has to offer. Doctorate students in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Deepan Kamaraj and KaLai Tsang were finalists in the competition for their startup WheelFit — a program that helps disabled people in wheelchairs stay active and track their activity. “Before the competition we did not even think of this as a commercial venture, it was a research project,” Kamaraj said. “The competition made us think and evaluate the business aspect and translating this

Provost, pg. 1 Tansky Blum to serve as chairperson of the board through 2022. Cudd holds three degrees from the University of Pittsburgh — a doctorate in philosophy earned in 1988 and master’s degrees in philosophy and economics from 1984 and 1986, respectively. Before working at Boston University, Cudd worked for 27 years at the University of Kansas. She became a university distinguished professor of philosophy and worked as vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies, director of women, gender and sexuality studies, and associate dean of humanities during her tenure there. She’s also written two books, titled “Analyzing Oppression” and “Capitalism For and Against: A Feminist Debate,” co-authored with Nancy Holmstrom. Cudd said she prioritizes hiring diverse faculty in her role as provost. “Particular places in which diversity needs to be enhanced includes racial diversity, hiring African Americans, Latinx people and Native Americans,” Cudd said. She specified that so-

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to everyday use.” The Big Idea Center offered support and mentorship to Kamaraj and Tsang as they developed their product — an activity monitor customized for wheelchair users to better optimize their physical activity. “We got access to basic infrastructure we would not have had as a startup company outside the University,” Kamaraj said. Because of the help they received through the Innovation Institute and its associated programs, Kamaraj and Tsang are planning to go forward with forming a company and have a co-founder outside the University. “The ability and the chance for those students to interact with each other is really incredible, even if their projects may be very different,” Carryer said. “They can create a community that should last far beyond the Big Idea Center and throughout their careers.” The Big Idea Center will start to build that community with an open networking event on Sept. 20 in the O’Hara Student Center Ballroom. There, students will be able to learn about the calendar of events and programs — and get to thinking. cioeconomic, gender and diversity of sexual orientation are important to her as well. Shelby Dawkins-Law, a first-year doctoral candidate who studies recruitment and retention of minoritized graduate students, said she was excited by Cudd’s academic background. “[The hires are] usually somebody with an MBA or economics degree, usually a man. I’m excited to have someone with a theoretical background,” Dawkins-Law said. “I’m looking forward to working with her.” Cudd also wants to promote scientific work in her role as provost. “When I got into administrative work, my passion was helping faculty and students make world-changing discoveries,” Cudd said. She mentioned research into CTE, blockchain technology, machine learning and climate change from her time at Boston University. As provost, Cudd will also be responsible for facilitating graduate degree programs. Cudd’s predecessor, Patricia Beeson, took a stand last year against Pitt’s Graduate Student Union with a letter which said, See Provost on page 3

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Pitt Seed, pg. 1 therapeutic strategies and eventually improve sarcoma patient care and outcomes. Weiss said the Pitt Seed program will help Pitt establish itself as a leader in sarcoma research. “The Pitt Seed grant will help us on our goal to make the University of Pittsburgh a destination center for excellence for sarcoma research and treatment,” Weiss said. PSaRC is a multidisciplinary team of researchers and physicians which focuses on sarcomas — rare cancerous tumors that afflict both children and adults. Treatment strategies and resulting outcomes for adult and pediatric sarcoma patients have not changed in the last 30 years — making them especially dangerous. Weiss’ $50,000 grant was more than the average grant amount of $43,822 across the 23 projects. A grant for $47,872 was awarded to the Pitt Prison Education Project, a program that teaches joint classes for inmates at the State Correctional Institution in Fayette County and Pitt students. Dr. Chris Bonneau, an associate professor of political science, teaches in the program. The money, he said, will go toward training additional faculty, broadening the scope of the program and tutoring. “The grant will also put us in a position to better reach our goal of a prison education center

Provost, pg. 2 “education, not the financial support, is the goal of graduate study.” Cudd declined to take an explicit stance on the graduate students’ multi-year campaign to unionize, saying that she would have to “wait until we get [to Pitt]” to discuss it. She did, however, offer tentative support for higher wages for graduate students. “I’m always in favor of graduate students having higher stipends, better benefits and protections against sexual assault,” Cudd said. Cudd declined to comment on Fossil Free, Pitt’s multi-year fossil fuel divestment campaign. “I’ll have to wait until I’m [at Pitt] to talk about that,” she said, saying she didn’t know enough about the issue to comment. She was, however, supportive of the University’s recent move to rename Parran Hall. “I was very impressed,” Cudd said. “It’s a step in the right direction.” Vice Chancellor for Economic Partnerships Rebecca Bagley said that she is also optimistic about working with Cudd.

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at Pitt,” Bonneau added. Bonneau, along with other Pitt professors including Nancy Glazener, Dr. Cory Holding and Dr. Shalini Puri, took weekly trips from Oakland to the SCI Fayette maximum security prison during the 2017-18 school year. There, they taught classes with up to 16 inmates alongside 16 Pitt students who earned three credits for the class. Bonneau said that having people of diverse backgrounds in one place creates a learning environment that both the professors and Pitt students have never been a part of before. “[They are] learning with different students than they would ever encounter on Pitt’s campus,” he said. “This program is a transformative experience.” Parker Forman, a rising senior studying political science and communication, said the class he took behind bars impacted him in ways he wasn’t expecting. “I didn’t realize how many people were actually trapped because of their race, social status and, most importantly, their education level,” Forman said. “I think it’s important that the program received some grant money because it will only expand students awareness and knowledge of this issue.” Puri, an English professor, is a core member of the Pitt Prison Education Project, and taught a See Pitt Seed on page 10 “I’m personally excited about it because she has a very strong academic background and she’s read the Brookings report,” Bagley said. The Brookings report is an 18-month study titled “Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city.” It details plans for a technology-based PublicPrivate-Partnership called InnovatePGH and for the creation of an Oakland Innovation District in partnership with Carnegie Mellon and UPMC. The trustees reelected former U.S. Steel Corporation Vice Chairman and CFO Robert Hernandez and Manchester Bidwell President and CEO William Strickland Jr. to the UPMC Board of Directors for the next two years as well. They also split the role of the university chief investment officer-treasurer into two separate jobs. BJC HealthCare CIO Gregory Schuler will become the Pitt’s new chief investment officer and former Pitt Assistant Treasurer Paul Lawrence will become Pitt’s new treasurer.

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Editorial: US ignores science, global community over breastfeeding resolution pittnews.com

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THE ASCENSION OF STEM DOES NOT MEAN HUMANITIES ARE SINKING Neena Hagen

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tistics website FiveThirtyEight.com. Most higher-income students have the freedom to view college as an intellectual summer camp instead — and the data from the federal education department reflects this. Students at private universities tend to major in the humanities and social sciences — much more so than their peers

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lege — Pitt costs $133,000 over four years for in-state students — so a degree needs to have a short-term payoff. In a world with an ever-increasing According to Jennie Brand, a UCLA sonumber of tech startups and engineering ciology professor who specializes in access firms, our economy seems destined to be to higher education, low and middle-indominated by STEM specialists — which come students think of practical degrees as leaves universities scrambling to reinvent a necessary building block towards landing their educational offerings. Colleges are peppering their classrooms with expensive instruments and spending millions on fancy new science labs. Determined to jump on the bandwagon, Pitt has followed suit — expanding its engineering school enrollment by 38 percent since 2010 and announcing the construction of an Energy Innovation Center in 2016. With these major developments in engineering, it may seem that the humanities are being left behind — but this is not the case. STEM programs need additional funding to be adequately represented in a sea of social science and humanities majors. According to Niche, a popular website that offers college statistics, more students receive degrees in the humanities than in any other field — engineering sits at a dismal 11th. And acceptance rates at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering are 22 percent lower than the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Clearly, students who want to pursue STEM at Pitt aren’t getting an adequate chance — so Pitt needs to grow its engineering program even more to meet students’ growing desire to attend. STEM degrees are in high demand for a well-paying job and go to college for that a good reason — they’re lucrative investreason. ments. Engineering majors make $16,300 “The actual job payoff becomes more more as a starting salary than humanities front and center relative to students who majors and enjoy a 2.4 percent lower unhave always thought they would go to colemployment rate. lege,” Brand said in an interview with staFew things in life cost more than colSenior Columnist

at public universities. Majoring in the humanities is a privilege that is in large part limited to the upper class— and “upper class” does not describe most Pitt students. Because Pitt is a public college, it must cater to the average

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Pennsylvanian — who can’t afford to pay for an education that won’t guarantee them a well-paying job after college. Still, it would be foolish to fully eradicate the humanities and social sciences from Pitt and other universities — they give students necessary writing and critical thinking skills which can help STEM majors communicate their scientific findings. But one glance at Pitt’s arts and sciences curriculum reveals it’s far from balanced. STEM majors at Pitt need to sit through three humanities courses to complete their general education requirements, and humanities majors only need one math class to graduate. Clearly, Pitt has made a strong effort to integrate arts and humanities into STEM education. But it also needs to incorporate more STEM into liberal arts education to combat scientific illiteracy — an effort that may give humanities majors more technical skills and improve their job prospects. A liberal arts education is critical for every student to gain a well-rounded bevy of knowledge for their lives and the workforce. But we must not forget that a liberal education also includes science and math. Encouraging more students to study STEM and hiring top-class educators in those fields is no threat to the humanities. Pitt and other public schools aren’t neglecting the humanities — they’re giving STEM fields the representation they deserve. They’re also giving employers qualified job candidates that the economy desperately needs. And when Pitt students fully recognize the value of STEM degrees along with humanities gen-eds, they can thrive intellectually while getting ahead on their student loan payments.

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ART, MUSIC, PETS AND VETS: SOUTHSIDE WORKS EXPOSED Shahum Ajmal and Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot The Pitt News Staff

As the City of Pittsburgh wound down from Fourth of July celebrations and stormy weather, the South Side neighborhood prepared for the 14th annual SouthSide Works Exposed arts festival from July 6 to 8. The event was sponsored by City Vets PGH, a new urgent care veterinary practice in the South Side developed in affiliation with the University of Veterinary Specialists, a 24/7 ER specialist facility in Peters Township. The City Vets PGH animal care facility will be the first of its kind in the area. Local musicians showcased their talents at SouthSide Works Exposed, including bands like The Brighton Boys, No Bad Juju and Kelsey Friday & the Rest of The Week. In addition to music, SouthSide Exposed also hosted a variety of shows including Kierra Darshell’s Drag Show and the fit-

tingly titled Wild World of Animals. People from all around Pittsburgh came down to the festival — some were veterans of the annual event and others were first-timers. Audrey Silverman and Christina Lohr were shopping in the South Side when they heard the music and saw artist booths nearby, and the pair was pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of attractions. “I’ve been to events like this before and I’ve always been so impressed,” Lohr said. She saw plenty of cool jewelry and paintings during their rounds, and she was carrying a few bags of purchases already. Both of them agreed that the art interested them more than the food and the music, and they were eager to see all the rest of the vendors that the SouthSide Works festival had to offer. “I think I would definitely want to come back next year,” Lohr said.

More than 40 vendors lined the streets for SouthSide Works Exposed through the weekend. Vendors sold jewelry, clothing and a variety of artwork. Anna Bongardino | visual editor Denielle DeSantis, a 29-year-old artist from Lawrenceville and the face behind the brand Exhibit D, was one of the artist vendors this year, showcasing live pet portraits and other readymade prints. “People will text me a photo of their pet and then it takes me about 30 to 45 minutes per pet to

paint right there live on the spot,” DeSantis said. Prior to the festival, she painted all the canvases in multiple colors so people had something visual to choose from, and she prepared her art prints by matting and packaging them. See SouthSide Exposed on page 7

FUTURE TENANT FEATURES FEMINIST ART Jon Kunitsky Staff Writer

A placard awaits guests entering the Future Tenant artist space on Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. “Through their various forms of artistic expression, [these artists] refuse to give in to the burdens of the male gaze. Instead, they yell back at the catcaller,” it reads, welcoming guests to the “I M NOT WITH HIM” art exhibit. Future Tenant — a non-profit organization run by Carnegie Mellon’s Master of Arts Management Program and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust — will display the art of “I M NOT WITH HIM” through July 22. The exhibit seeks to reapproach the way women are commonly viewed through the masculine, heterosexual perspective in mainstream art such as film and photography. Women are commonly seen from a male perspective known as the “male gaze.” “I M NOT WITH HIM” attempts to create new ideas and narratives from the female

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Jenna Houston used a collection of silk prints to form her piece “Untitled” at Future Tenant’s “I’M NOT WITH HIM” exhibit. Jon Kunitsky | staff photographer perspective through artistic expression using non-traditional mediums such as silk prints and looped videos. The exhibit features work by local female artists Hannah Epstein, Lizzee Solomon, Katrina Majkut, Jenna Houston and Njaimeh

Njie. Though Future Tenant has only one long and narrow room, the work was not limited by the small space. With such bare bones, the gallery was an eclectic space filled with thought-provoking

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work ready to relieve visitors from the bustle of Penn Avenue. The exhibit’s curator, Christina Lee, is a Carnegie Mellon School of Art graduate and Pittsburgh-based illustrator and designer. As her first curation attempt, Lee said her goal for “I M NOT WITH HIM” was to present talented female artists without the presence of a male gaze, while still commenting on its implications. “It’s hard to see anything — stories or art — without the male gaze,” Lee said. “So I wanted to see what the female gaze looked like.” The show’s title is a subtle nod to the phrase “I’m With Her,” made famous by the Hillary Clinton campaign during the 2016 presidential election. The phrase was altered to fit the more retaliative emotion within the feminist movement and the outcome of Clinton’s presidential run. In the gallery, Houston reclaims objects from a bedroom to illustrate the feminist experience — pillows that read, “JERSEY GIRLS DON’T PUMP GAS,” portraits of queer women printed See Feminist Art on page 7

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Feminist Art, pg. 6 on silk sheets waving in the center of the gallery and a TV resting on a tiled floor looping footage of two women shaving their hair in a bathroom. Houston — another Carnegie Mellon University graduate with degrees in gender studies and art — is known for their non-traditional multimedia artistry. For this exhibit, Houston said they drew from personal experiences and their intersectionality with the queer community to create work that is representative of not just themself, but also marginalized members of society. “My work is engaged with my own experiences with queerness and gendered medical treatment as well as how these ideas intersect with a collective history,” Houston said. “I personally enjoy the joyous playful aesthetics of the show as a space of future possibility for us. I hope others can feel that as well.” Pouches of hair and used contact lenses are attached to a shower ring chain that hangs like a wind chime at the gallery entrance. Next to Majkut’s cross-stitched images of vaginal contraceptive film, Vagisil, Midol and vaginal contraceptive jelly hangs a black-and-white photograph by Njie of a female protestor holding a sign that reads “I REFUSE TO BE INTIMIDATED BY YOUR

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IGNORANCE.” Other non-traditional media used to illustrate feminist perspectives included rug-hooking and plexiglass. These non-traditional works of art at the “I M NOT WITH HIM” exhibit caught the eye of Allison Cosby — co-founder of gfx, a collective for women and non-binary individuals who stand for ownership and representation in the nightlife community. After visiting the exhibit at Future Tenant, she said that the work on display was a refreshing change of pace from other work she’s seen in galleries right now. “As women, we are accustomed to being looked at, watched, judged in every way and all the time and conversations about our own health and existence are still happening without us,” Cosby said. “So to walk into a space with Vagisil in embroidery hanging on the wall, for example, just instantly changed that narrative.” For Lee, curating an event that changed that narrative and celebrated local female artists was exactly what she set out to do. “I hope that when people walk through this show they realize that there are a lot of really talented female creators in the City,” she said, “[Because] there are so many female artists who are serious and humorous and creative, right in the City.”

SouthSide Exposed, pg. 6 “I combine acrylics, watercolors, and just recently I’ve added a lot of spray paint into my artwork to give it a street vibe,” she said. Local artists like DeSantis apply every year to be involved with the festival. DeSantis explained how it is not only a great way for artists to get their name out there, but personally it is a source of income for her to pursue her other passions, such as traveling. “People who are artisans, they create things instead of manufacture things,” DeSantis said. “I think that’s really important to value those people and support those types of people.” DeSantis can normally be found teaching art at Franklin Regional Senior High School during the school year. “It gives me some value as a teacher as far as an example for my students,” she said. “I’m a living, walking example of creating art in addition to teaching it.” Apryle Horbal, the head veterinarian for City Vets PGH and Equine Medical Doctor at University Veterinary Specialists, had a similar view on her presence at the SouthSide Works Exposed event. Horbal said she hoped to introduce this new practice to the neighborhood. “The Exposed event was the perfect place to an-

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nounce [City Vets] to the community down there, and it’s such a vibrant and growing community in that area,” Horbal said. “So that event was the perfect time for us to announce that we are opening.” Horbal stressed that there aren’t any other veterinary practices in the South Side area in particular or on the other side of the river. As sponsors of the event, City Vets PGH presented information about what other resources it offers in the community, including a blood bank, a charitable foundation and telemedicine services. “We are really moving into what I would call an underserved or an unserved area in the City that a lot of people have moved back into in the last few years, and really repopulated that area of the City that was lagging before,” Horbal said. Horbal hopes that people can now walk past the building at 79 South 23rd St. and have a better understanding of the innovative and great initiatives happening in the veterinary world behind the scenes. “I think it went very well and it raised awareness that we were coming to the area,” she said. “I think a lot of people in that area are now excited that they are going to have better access to veterinary care there as well or access in the first place — where people may not have been able to reach a vet before when they needed one.”

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Fabulous folicles can lead to a healthier head Julia Lee Since 1974 Puccini Hair Design is located at 237 Atwood St. in Oakland, a fiveminute walk from the Cathedral of Learning. The salon was founded in 1974 and has won 10 “Best Of” awards since its inception. Right now, it’s owned by Salvatore Puccini, a 38-year-old Pitt alumnus who has been there since 2003. Puccini is a hair salon, but they also offer a free personal health assessment that anyone can take on their website. After you submit all of your personal information, it designs organic and vegan options such as supplements, sleep aids, energy drinks and other tools for weight management that someone can choose to purchase if they wish. The salon offers a wide variety of services including haircuts, blowouts and chemical services. Their chemical services include all-over color, balayage, ombre, highlights, lowlights, relaxers, perms and more. Clients come in with various requests, from wanting to go back to their natural hair to dyeing it dramatic colors, to cutting off a significant portion of it to donate. Although people sometimes want an outcome that isn’t necessarily something the salon can provide given the condition of their hair, stylists always work with the client to figure out an alternative that will satisfy them. They also make a point to carry only products that are ethically endorsed, so the only brands they carry are Paul Mitchell and Pravana — Paul Mitchell’s products are not animal-tested, and Pravana’s products are organic.

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At Puccini, every appointment is a collaborative experience, as the stylist and client have to be flexible working as a team. The stylists are there with the person, hand-in-hand, guiding them through their experience from when they walk in to when they walk out. Often, they both walk away with more than what they came for. “Hair to me is just the medium and everything, but I think it’s a distraction from really what the business is about, and I think it’s about the relationships,” said Puccini. They have a diverse clientele, from college students to people in their late 70s. Some have been coming for 40 years, while others stay for a year to four years before moving to different places. Regardless of the amount of time they’ve known each other, the stylists always work to build and maintain rapport with every single person

they work with. Sometimes when someone wants to do something drastic, like cutting their hair short when it’s halfway down their back, it indicates to Puccini that something else is going on in the peripheral. He’s had vulnerable experiences with clients in which they’ve confided personal things in him that they haven’t even told their friends or family. Often, when external stresses occur and they want to do something drastically different to their appearance, it can be a way of them wanting to feel as if they’re in control. With a lot of clients, their stylists are treated like trusted advisers, and he describes the special relationships he has with his clients as mutual therapy. “The hair business can kinda serve as a therapeutic relationship and source of life advice, more so than the outcome,” Puccini

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said. “For us, getting the hair on point is easy. The real challenge is, we’re looking to connect with people on a daily basis, and to make an impact on people’s lives.” He experiences several interpersonal moments with different people that keep him engaged with his work. Standing on his feet all day and being hunched over a sink can be physically demanding in ways people may not initially realize. Despite that, he’s “committed and bonded to it to the point where [he] can’t walk away from it, almost like family.” Appointments can be booked by calling their phone number at 412-621-2087, or filling out the online form on the Contact tab on their website. They also offer walkin specials that include wash, condition, cut and basic style for those on the go, with no appointment necessary.

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OREGON STATE WINS COLLEGE WORLD SERIES Michael Nitti Staff Writer

Billy Buckner is a name that lives in infamy throughout the baseball world. Remembered for letting a ground ball pass right between his legs during the 1986 World Series, he cost the Boston Red Sox what would have been their first World Series Championship in 68 years. Instead, the New York Mets took advantage of the slip-up, winning their second title. In game two of the College World Series on June 27, Arkansas found itself in a similar situation against Oregon State. Leading by a score of 3-2, an ordinary foul pop-up landed between three Razorback fielders with two outs in the ninth inning of a potentially series-clinching game. Given a second chance, Oregon State prevailed, going on to win its second and third games the following day, earning its first title since 2007

two out of three against South Carolina. In the second double elimination bracket, Arkansas went 3-0 again, this time against stiffer competition in Texas — Texas Tech and No. 1 overall seed Florida. Meanwhile, Oregon State dominated the Corvallis bracket, beating Northwestern State once, LSU twice and Minnesota twice. After losing the first game in the second double elimination bracket against UNC, LSU stormed back to Washington pitcher Jordan Jones works against Cal State Fullerton in the third inning Saturday, June 9, at Goodwin Field in Fullerton, Calif. Cal State Fullerton won, 5-2, to win four straight games, defeating Washington, even the best-of-three Super Regional and force a deciding game for a berth in the College UNC and Mississippi State twice — punching a World Series. ticket to the title series. Arkansas took the first game of the best-ofluis sinco/los angeles times/tns three series by a score of 4-1, scoring entirely from of four teams, which were eventually narrowed and third overall. a four-run rally in the fifth inning to command The College World Series took place June 16- down to compete in a double elimination bracket. a 1-0 series lead. Junior catcher Grant Koch led Arkansas went 5-1 to advance through the 27 in Omaha, Nebraska, where 64 teams fought to the way for Arkansas, going 2-for-3 with an RBI, a achieve the ultimate goal of a championship. All Fayetteville bracket, beating Oral Roberts, SouthSee Oregon State on page 10 64 teams were initially organized into 16 groups ern Mississippi and Dallas Baptist, and winning

WORLD CUP RECAP: FRANCE MAKES FINALS, GERMANY GOES UNDER Ben Zimmer,

For The Pitt News The 2018 FIFA World Cup has been the stage for major upsets and shock performances, which have many considering it as one of the most dramatic to have ever occurred. With Croatia and England playing in the second semi-final Wednesday, the world is looking toward which unlikely team will face France — and eventually, which deserving nation will take home the most coveted trophy in soccer. The 21st edition of the tournament has had a different atmosphere than World Cups of recent years, due primarily to the teams that have advanced deep into the tournament. Past winners Argentina, Portugal and Spain were all knocked out in the Round of 16 — and though Germany was the defending champion and heavily favored in the group stage, it was unable to overcome its opening loss to Mexico and was eliminated. Germany’s result in this World Cup was its worst in decades. Brazil, the other heavy favorite next to

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Germany, lost to Belgium in the quarterfinals. The surprise exits of these soccer giants have provided smaller countries the opportunity to advance further than anticipated. Russia, which hasn’t made it past Round 16 since 1970, and Sweden, which hasn’t advanced since 1994, both advanced to the quarterfinals this year. Belgium and Croatia have achieved even more, reaching the semi-finals — and neither have been to the World Cup Final. Soccer fans have regarded both Belgium and Croatia as talented teams for years, yet never possessed the perfection that squads like Brazil or Germany have. Both teams are also called their country’s “golden generation” — teams full of young potential that have surprising chances at success. Fans of Croatia see this World Cup as the best opportunity for their “golden generation” to finally win the World Cup for the first time, while Belgium had that dream crushed Tuesday with a loss to France. The other two teams in the semi-finals,

Belgium beat England 1-0 in June 28 in the World Cup quarterfinals . photo via wikimedia commons France and England, have different stories as they out rounds with a thrilling 4-3 win over Argenapproach the final. Both have won the World Cup tina and continued its impressive offensive output with a 2-0 win against Uruguay in the quarterfibefore — France in 1998 and England in 1966. France had the most unconvincing start to the nal. Les Bleus’ toughest challenge came Tuesday tournament of the four semi-finalists. Although it secured victories against Australia and Peru, in the semi-final against Belgium, whose “golden it was deemed lackluster in the eyes of fans. The generation” fought the full 90 minutes to equalworry grew with a 0-0 draw against Denmark in ize. French defender Samuel Umtiti provided its last group game. But France started the knockSee World Cup on page 11

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Oregon State, pg. 9 run scored and a walk. Junior pitcher Blaine Knight threw six innings, allowing one run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six as he earned the win. In the second game of the series, Arkansas took a 3-2 lead into the top of the ninth inning and with two outs came what will live on as the play that could have given the Razorbacks their first ever World Series Championship. Junior shortstop Cadyn Grenier came up with a gametying RBI single as part of a 3-for-5 day. Immediately following Grenier, junior right fielder Trevor Larnach was the hero for Oregon State, as he delivered the go-ahead two-run home run to give Oregon a 5-3 lead. Everything came down to the last game, as Oregon State was looking for its third title in 12 years while Arkansas was hoping for its first title in its ninth College World Series appearance. Game seven is typically known as the winnertakes-all game in sports — but in this case, it was game three. With the 2018 College World Series Championship on the line, Oregon State struck first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. From that point on, Oregon State never looked back, winning the game 5-0. First-year pitcher Kevin Abel had a masterful performance, throwing a complete game shutout, while striking out 10 batters and allowing just two hits and two walks. Abel became the first pitcher ever to throw a complete game shutout while allowing two hits or fewer in College World Series history — and also the first pitcher to win four games throughout the tournament.

Pitt Seed, pg. 3 literature course at SCI Fayette. Students, she said, take the program seriously, even when it comes at the expense of their wallets. “There was one student of mine that missed the carpool for a class, so she paid for an Uber all the way to the prison, which is over an hour drive,” Puri said. A $41,735 grant was given to another program in which Pitt students will study at a Native American reservation to gain a better understanding of water conflicts and to reflect on indigenous peoples’ relationships with their physical environments and the ecosystems that shape their sacred worlds.

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“It feels amazing,” Abel said after the game, “I can’t thank this team enough, they fought through everything, they put up a ton of runs, they came back, it’s unbelievable what they’ve done. I’m gonna love this team for the rest of my life, they’re brothers to me.” Cleanup hitter Adley Rutschman was named the 2018 College World Series Most Outstanding Player. Rutschman collected 13 RBIs and a record 17 hits to lead Oregon State, while also starting all the team’s games as catcher. Rutschman was named to the all-tournament team, along with teammates Abel, Grenier, Larnach and sophomore designated hitter Tyler Malone. Despite defeat, five Arkansas players were also chosen for the all-tournament team. Knight, senior first baseman Jared Gates, first-year third basemen Casey Martin, sophomore outfielder Dominic Fletcher and first-year outfielder Heston Kjerstad were all recognized for their efforts. It was quite a run for Oregon State, as the team won six straight games while facing potential elimination. Since the College World Series began in 1947, there have been only 10 other instances where a team came back to win the championship after losing the first game of its best-of-three series. This isn’t too unfamiliar for Oregon State though, as it accomplished the same feat back in 2006 after losing the first game to Miami 11-1. With its third championship in the books, Oregon State — tied with Minnesota — sits in eighth place for most titles in the history of the College World Series. But over the last 13 years, no team has won as many championships as Oregon State, taking home titles in 2006, 2007 and 2018, setting the team up for continued success in the future.

Dr. Nancy Condee, a professor of Slavic languages and literatures, and Dr. Zsuzsanna Magdo, the interim associate director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies, will head the project. “[The program] fits really well within the initiatives that Pitt has with study abroad programs,” Magdo said. Condee and Magdo said they were grateful for the grant not only for what it will do to help with their experiential learning projects, but also because it could help secure even more funding. “This seed grant puts us in very good light with federal grant institutions, especially with how quick we were able to secure a grant from the school. It also allows us to build closer relations and enhance visibility of the project to these institutions,” Magdo said.

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World Cup, pg. 9 the headed goal in the second half to guarantee France its place in the World Cup Final. France has a talented crop of young players, including Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele, as well as solidified stars in Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba. The French team is defined by the melding of highly talented offensive stars with the reliable defenders and midfielders. Croatia’s road to the semi-final has been characterized by early dominance in their group, which spiraled into grinding, nail-biting play in the knockout rounds. The Croatian golden generation went undefeated in its group, with convincing wins over Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland. But Croatia’s mettle was tested as it entered the knockout rounds, with both the Round of 16 game against Denmark and quarterfinal against Russia ending in penalty shootouts. Croatia approaches the semi-final Wednesday against England coming off two consecutive matches that went to extra time — meaning the golden generation needs to be well-rested if it wants a shot against England. England is a young team this year, as a new generation starts after the lackluster later years of superstars like David Beckham and Wayne Rooney. Under manager Gareth Southgate, the Three Lions utilize a concise approach that aims to avoid costly turnovers and stretch the opposing defense out through the front two of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. England’s first knockout match against Colombia was spirited as the Colombians became physical. Eventually going to penalties, England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford provided the saves as Eric Dier scored the winning penalty. The quarterfinal match against Sweden went much smoother, as the defensive-oriented Swedes could not stop the offensive onslaught of the English team. Fans see the victor of England-Croatia Wednesday as the unquestionable underdog against France on Sunday. The world patiently awaits the result of Wednesday’s match to see the end to the story of the 2018 World Cup. Whether it concludes in glory for an underdog, or another feather in the cap for a previous winner, it will be remembered for its shocking upsets and unpredictable twists. The second semi-final between Croatia and England is Wednesday at 2 p.m. EST. After a respite Thursday and Friday, the third place play-off will be Saturday at 10 a.m. between Belgium and the loser of Croatia-England. The final is Sunday at 11 a.m. between France and the winner of Croatia-England.

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