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The Pitt News

The independent student newspaper of the University of Pittsburgh | | October 19, 2016 | Volume 107 | Issue 59


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Simrin Suddle, a sophomore, crafts henna hand art in Towers Lobby on Tuesday. Wenhao Wu SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


Janine Faust Staff Writer

Kara Kloss vividly recalls the most recent incident of sexual assault she’s faced on Pitt’s campus. She was waiting alone for a bus outside of Towers on Fifth Avenue last spring semester when it occurred. “This very tall man came up behind me, pulled his pants down and then grabbed me and shoved my face into his genitals,” Kloss, a senior political science major, said. “I managed to get out of his grip, and then I just ran away as fast as I could. I ended up taking a bus down near

Bellefield.” Though she managed to get away, that experience was not Kloss’s first sexually violent experience. She said she was also sexually assaulted at a party during her first year at Pitt, and she said it took a long time for her to feel ready to talk about it. According to Kloss, these events influenced her to participate in Pitt Campus Women’s Organization’s Take Back the Night march, an annual event that seeks to bring awareness to the prevalence of sexual violence in today’s society and to show support for those who have sur-

vived it. According to Abby Meinen, a senior English writing major and president of CWO, about 100 people attended the event Tuesday night during which marchers snaked a mile-long course through Oakland, starting and ending at the Union driveway. The protesters chanted “Whose streets? Our streets!” and “People unite to take back the night!” while waving signs with slogans such as ”My body isn’t yours,” “Rape is not a Pitt tradition” and “Ask, listen, respect.” According to Meinen, the march is one of See Night on page 3

Despite her lead in Pennsylvania polls, Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine will be visiting Pittsburgh again on Saturday, a move showing just how badly the Democratic nominee wants to win the state. A Quinnipiac University Poll released on Oct. 17 reported Clinton has a six point lead in Pennsylvania over Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, well above the poll’s 3.8 point margin of error. Nationally, Clinton leads Trump by nearly seven points. Clinton’s upcoming stop highlights her push to win Pennsylvania in November, a move that comes as she’s upped spending on advertising and campaign visits to deeply Republican states like Texas and Arizona. Throughout the election, Pennsylvania polls have garnered national attention, since the state is one of 11 battleground or swing states with no clear political leaning. Other battleground states include Florida, Colorado and Ohio. While specifics of the campaign stop weren’t yet available on Tuesday, it will be Kaine’s fourth visit to Pittsburgh since his vice presidential nomination, including one previous visit alongside Clinton in July. Most recently, Kaine spoke at Carnegie Mellon University’s campus on Oct. 6 in a push for the millennial vote. Saturday’s visit will come just over a week after Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, campaigned for the See Clinton on page 5



Joining more than 500 other students who signed and circulated an online petition over the weekend, Pitt’s Student Government Board weighed in on the vacant psychiatrist positions at the University Counseling Center. With one position empty from a psychiatrist who retired over the summer and the second and only other psychiatrist set to leave Friday, students voiced anger over what they say is a lack of support for mental health services. In an open letter SGB President Natalie Dall read Tuesday night, SGB acknowledged the upsetting nature of the vacancies while also recognizing University efforts to fill the positions. The letter aimed to give clarity to what is happening with psychiatric care at the University, Dall said. “I understand the frustration from students,” Dall said. “It hit Facebook so quickly because it’s upsetting not having the necessary

care.” Dall and other members of SGB became aware of the petition when it went public last Friday and moved to look into the petition’s claims as well as the University’s actions to rectify the situation. As the SGB representative to the Mental Health Task Force, Board member Max Kneis said he started to research the situation as soon as he saw the petition last Friday. “I was quickly on the phone with the director of the Counseling Center and then with the girl who started the petition,” Kneis said. That student, Anna Shaw, a junior psychology and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies major, started the petition on Friday after finding out that the only remaining psychiatrist at Pitt’s Counseling Center is leaving. Shaw met with representatives from Pitt’s Counseling Center Monday afternoon to discuss how to move forward and “talk to Pitt administration about putting the money, time and effort into SGB President Natalie Dall introduced a bill to support state legislation to See SGB on page 4 expand ethnic discrimination law. Anna Bongardino STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


Pitt first-year Chloe Yoder used black and red Sharpie to color the word “no” onto her white T-shirt. Filling in the large, block-lettered word, Yoder penned the lyrics to the song “Face Your Demons” by the American metal band I Prevail. Yoder said she relates to the song, which is about an assault victim, because she herself is a survivor of sexual assault. As a part of the It’s On Us campaign, meant to facilitate discussion about sexual assault, Pitt’s Student Government Board held its first shirt decorating event on Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. The event was held in the Center for Creativity, an open room in the basement of the University Store on Fifth meant for projects. In the small space, each student received a

white T-shirt from the event’s organizers with vors to share stories. “This year, we wanted to do more of an the It’s On Us pledge printed on the back. The pledge is to recognize, identify and intervene in engaging — and also healing for survivors — sexual assault and to help create an environment event,” Butler said. Arlind Karpuzi — where sexual assault is Pitt junior, SGB memunacceptable. ber and It’s On Us task Students decoforce member — said rated the shirts with markers, paint and You don’t realize how many they chose the locapopular phrases from people there are who have gone tion intentionally to sexual assault aware- through the same thing until you create a more engaging experience for stuness groups such as all come together. “consent is sexy,” “no Chloe Yoder dents who have experienced sexual assault. means no” and “speak Pitt first-year The confined space up.” created an atmosphere Nearly sixty students attended the event which Jasmine Butler, of acceptance and gave students an opportunity a senior anthropology major and member of the to converse about their experiences in a private It’s On Us task force, said was a space for survi- setting, according to Karpuzi.

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“It’s supposed to be a little bit more therapeutic as opposed to just signing a pledge and going on with your day,” Karpuzi said. “It’s supposed to be a little bit more personal.” Butler said that the It’s On Us members only expected to see about thirty people for the day, but nearly sixty came. Different organizers had to leave the event several times to get more shirts that It’s On Us had prepared for the students. It’s On Us is a nationwide campaign started by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in 2014 to stop sexual assault on college campuses. Pitt’s It’s On Us campaign is led by Graduate Student Assistants for student health services Greg Valdisera and Alia GehrSeloover. Students crowded around newspaper-covered tables and talked with their friends and See Campaign on page 5


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Pitt students gathered to march for Pitt CWO’s Take Back the Night. Edward Major STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

the organization’s longer running traditions and advocates for a safer public space for women as well as other minority groups such as disabled and gender non-binary people. “Take Back the Night is especially relevant this year, considering the social and political climate our country’s currently experiencing and how much attention is being drawn to street violence and harassment because of it,” Meinen said. Waving a pair of pink pom-poms, Kloss helped fire up those participating in the march on Tuesday night during their trek through South Oakland, chanting “Whatever we wear, wherever we go, yes means yes and no means no!” Saron Shiferaw, a Pitt graduate student studying social work, said she often feels unsafe on Pitt’s campus, particularly at night when she walks back home to her apartment where she lives alone. According to Shiferaw, she’s been conscious since a young age of the prevalence of sexual harassment. The first time Shiferaw remembers being harassed was when she was filling up her car’s gas tank as a teenager. “I was wearing baggy pants and a long-sleeve

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shirt, and these men nearby were licking their lips and making comments about my outfit even though it wasn’t revealing or tight at all,” Shiferaw said. Shiferaw said she doesn’t believe she or anybody else ought to be afraid to walk around on campus or any place familiar to them based on what time of day it is or what they’re wearing. “We need to break the taboo on talking openly about sexual assault and harassment,” Shiferaw said. “I [have] friends I can vent with about this kind of stuff, but we need a stronger push to make sure these things don’t happen in the first place. That’s why I’m walking [in the march]: to raise awareness.” Paige Kizior, a junior studying social work, came to the march not only to raise awareness but also to see that people cared about what happened to her and other survivors of sexual assault. During her first year at Pitt, Kizior said she was assaulted in the restroom of a Saint Patrick’s Day party at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Kizior said she’s heard stories online about friends and families not believing victims when they talk about being sexually assaulted. “It’s nice to come to this event and see how many people really do care and want to change how society treats sexual assault,” Kizior said. “I See Night on page 5


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SGB, pg. 2 making this an extremely effective counseling center.” Through this research, SGB was able to understand both sides and craft an appropriate response, Kneis said. In the open letter addressed “to the University community,” SGB described the University’s efforts to find and interview adequate candidates for the vacant psychiatric positions. The search, which began in May, has failed to yield any qualified candidates thus far. The letter notes that any students who had been seeing a University psychiatrist have been connected with community partners at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC or other local psychiatrists accepting patients, Dall said. “We all understand that the access to psychiatric care is not perfect, but we need to keep students and the University talking about it,” Kneis said. The letter ended by emphasizing SGB’s commitment to continuing the discussion of mental health throughout the year by organizing and advertising programs that demonstrate the importance of maintaining a good state of mental health like the upcoming suicide prevention workshop and other programs Student Affairs offers. Because October is Mental Health Awareness month, SGB will continue to educate students and to pursue initiatives that raise awareness, Dall said. The letter notes that the University is also working to accommodate all student needs through community resources, if necessary. “I know that they’re working very hard to have at least an interim position as soon as possible,” Kneis said. Pitt spokesperson Shawn Ahearn responded to the petition in a statement posted on the Student Affair’s Facebook page and emailed to The Pitt News. “We understand that some students are concerned about the availability of psychiatric services due to the retirement and departure of two of our psychiatrists, respectively,” the statement read. “Whether the services exist within the Counseling Center or nearby in the community, our paramount concern is to connect students to the care that best meets their particular needs. This includes the psychiatric needs of our students.” In other news, SGB introduced a bill supporting legislation to instigate harsher punishment for intimidation based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The House Bill, HB 218, is working to

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amend hate crime legislation to include gender identity and sexual orientation as part of the ethnic intimidation law, a law that assigns a greater penalty to designated “hate crimes.” In 2008, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in a case and declared the distinctions of sexual orientation and gender identity for hate crimes unconstitutional. By removing these distinctions from the ethnic intimidation law, the penalties for these hate crimes were greatly lessened. SGB’s bill, which the Pitt Rainbow Alliance co-sponsored, arose from the Pennsylvania Association of State-Affiliated Schools Conference that Pitt hosted last month. The Penn State University SGB had already passed a bill of their own supporting HB 218 and encouraged the other members of PASS to write bills as well. “When Penn State brought it up, we all liked the idea immediately,” Nick Fisher, SGB community and governmental relations chair, said. “We wanted to do something to address the inequality.” All the attendees agreed to look into it and hopefully make it a PASS-wide effort, Fisher said. After the conference, Dall introduced the idea to the rest of the Board and began to craft the language for the bill. “We wanted to make sure we expressed what we really meant,” Dall said. “We made sure Rainbow Alliance was on board and took our time making it compelling.” The bill was introduced publicly last night and will be officially voted on at the SGB meeting next Tuesday night. If the bill passes, SGB will send a letter to members of the Pennsylvania legislature urging the passage of HB 218. The bill, which Kevin J. Boyle, D-Montgomery County sponsored, is scheduled to be voted on Oct. 25 in the judiciary committee. “We thought it was important to advocate for equal rights by doing this,” Dall said. “Inequality affects the whole community.” Allocations: University of Pittsburgh Rotaract: Pitt Rotaract requested $1,354.88 to attend Rotary at the United Nations conference this year. The Board approved $1,152.88 and denied $202. National Student Language Hearing Association: The NSLHA at Pitt requested $2006 to attend the American Student Language Hearing Association Convention. The Board denied in full. Engineering Student Council: The Pitt Engineering Student Council requested $174.37 to fund their Fall Fest. The Board approved $124.85 and denied $49.52.


Clinton, pg. 1 Democratic duo at two Pittsburgh events on Oct. 14, including one on Pitt’s campus. Clinton has lead Trump in Pennsylvania polls since the close of the Democratic National Convention in July, ranging from a one to 13 point lead over Trump, according to Real Clear Politics. According to the Quinnipiac report, Clinton’s lead in both Pennsylvania and Florida are key to

Campaign, pg. 2 with It’s On Us members about the event while coloring their shirts with Sharpies. Conversation remained casual though focused on the words students were tracing on their shirts. Once they finished decorating, students could have their picture taken with their shirt, and then the shirts were put in a box to be saved for a display that will be unveiled at the end of the school year. The display will feature all the decorated shirts hung on a clothesline on campus to raise awareness about sexual assault. The It’s On Us campaign is planning for the display to be up in late March or early April, but specifics have not yet been decided according to Karpuzi. The event gave Yoder, a bioengineering student, a chance to share her story. After being sexually assaulted at age 16, Yoder said sexual assault is a topic that needs to be talked about, as survivors are often ignored. “A lot of the students who [came] to create the shirts have a message [about sexual assault] that they want to convey,” Yoder said. “I think it’ll make an impact when the shirts are unveiled.” Karpuzi said another T-shirt decorating event will be held on Nov. 9, and SGB is discussing having several more throughout the school year. The It’s On Us campaign will also be giving out T-shirt decorating kits to student groups to work on during their own events. The kit will

Night, pg. 3 feel safe at this rally, like I can talk to people about what happened to me, and they’ll listen.” After the protesters finished their march around campus, they returned to the William Pitt Union Ballroom, where they’d first convened, to munch on pizza and participate in a discussion on bystander intervention with representatives of Pitt’s Office for Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education. The speakers talked about techniques people can uti-

the election, and it is unlikely Trump will win the election if he loses either state. In the Quinnipiac University report, Assistant Director Tim Malloy noted Clinton currently leads in Pennsylvania by more than President Barack Obama did in the 2012 presidential election. “Hillary Clinton tops President Barack Obama’s five point winning margin in the Keystone State,” Malloy said in the report. “Can she hold on for 22 more days?” include the shirts, some decorating supplies and the facilitation guide, which is for the leader of the group to help start conversation about sexual assault. “We really want to focus those discussions within student groups so it will be with their peers that they see every day. That will kind of start helping those organic conversations to talk about this kind of stuff,” Butler said. Last year, It’s On Us’ primary campaign was an 800-foot paper chain made of 4,200 student and faculty-signed pledges to stop sexual assault on campus. Yoder said SGB events such as the T-shirt decorating help to create a campus-wide support system for sexual assault survivors. “You don’t realize how many people there are who have gone through the same thing until you all come together,” Yoder said. First-year computer science and political science major Caroline Wozniak chose to fill up the front of her shirt with a neatly written quote from the John Steinbeck novel, “East of Eden.” Her shirt read, “When a man says he does not want to speak of something, he usually means he cannot think of anything else.” Wozniak said the quote expresses the importance of speaking out about things that aren’t right, such as sexual assault. “You shouldn’t be afraid to speak up for what’s important to you,” Wozniak said. “That includes your safety and the safety of people around you.” lize to separate a possible victim from a perpetrator and invited the audience to share their ideas for what to do in scenarios where they suspect someone is in danger of being sexually violated. According to Megan Heintz — a sophomore political science and gender, sexuality and women’s studies major and one of the SHARE speakers Tuesday night — most sexual assaults committed on campus occur at parties as a result of the “hook-up culture” of colleges.

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Strike highlights lack of support for teachers After months of disagreement and failed negotiations, the faculty of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-supported universities will go on strike starting today. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties President Kenneth Mash confirmed the unprecedented strike will likely go on after breaking down overnight concessions in the midst of a media blackout. The strike will bring a halt to the education of the state system’s 105,000 students, forcing professors to cancel classes and push back tests. But more importantly, it highlights the need for support among our faculty and value their work as educators. While it’s nothing new for the Pennsylvania state government to undervalue its teachers and professors, its inability to reach an agreement last night and force a strike should be a wake-up call for lawmakers. Teachers and professors in the state system of higher education are valuable assets to the Commonwealth, and their demands now are not unreasonable. Lawmakers should stand with, rather than fight against, the people who educate tomorrow’s workers and leaders. Yet ever since their contract ended in June 2015, the State System of Higher Education and its faculty union have not been able to come to agreement on a new contract. The faculty union has said it is mainly concerned about salary cuts, changes to the health care package and the additional requirements for adjuncts, including additional classes being taught by full-time adjuncts, reduced compensation rates for part-time adjuncts and increasing the use of adjuncts overall. While the state system agreed to eliminate the adjunct proposals, they are still in a stalemate with the other two issues. The university system offered a health

care system similar to that of other system employees, but the proposal would increase the amount they pay for premiums and deductibles. The state system also offered faculty raises that would range from 7.25 percent to 17.25 percent over a four-year contract, but the faculty union denied the offer. Salaries for full-time faculty range from $46,609 to $112,232, but part-time faculty are paid a minimum of $5,838 per three-credit course they teach. While the strike might temporarily halt the education of thousands of students, the devaluing of our professors and education as a whole should be of more concern. State funding for higher education has decreased significantly since 2008. Despite seeing a slight increase for the first time last year, students and professors are still hurting from the crippling effects this has had on their salaries and tuition. Since then, unions at universities have popped up everywhere including our own here at Pitt. While Pitt is still in the process of forming a faculty union, we should be supporting them as much as we can. As of now, they are unable to demand the wages and benefits they deserve, unlike the Pennsylvania state school system. We need to demand higher wages and better health care for our professors, as they are the pillars of our education. Our professors are being stretched, our tuition continues to rise and without challenging the devaluing of education, we all lose out. We should be coming up with ways to support and build up our faculty, not ways to cut their benefits and reduce them to disposable labor. Pitt and every university deserve a fair contract, and the state must acknowledge that.



Julia Aldrich Columnist

Growing up, I never thought too much about breast cancer. My classmates wore “I love boobies” bracelets that made me giggle, my sister dyed a strand of her hair pink one October and I owned one or two T-shirts with a pink ribbon on it. I was aware of the significance, but it felt like more of a trend than anything. Until two years ago, when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, my outlook on the “pink” craze remained simple: by wearing this item, I support women with breast cancer. But upon my mother’s diagnosis of breast cancer and through the months of watching her suffer, I knew my pink tee wasn’t doing anything for her or anyone else with the disease. According to, breast cancer is the second leading cause of

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death among women in the United States, and about 12 percent of women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Furthermore, 40,450 women are expected to die from breast cancer in 2016 alone. Given the amount of American women afflicted with breast cancer annually, the awareness surrounding the disease is commendable. But is it enough? We constantly see the color pink — breast cancer’s signature color — on Tshirts, magnets, water bottles, ribbons and almost any merchandise you can find, especially in October as it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But do the companies selling the pink gear follow through and put money toward fundraising or research like they claim? Or does the pink we see every day solely exist in the spirit of “breast cancer awareness?” See Aldrich on page 7


organizations. However, they don’t specify exactly how much that annual donation is or if buying one of these jackets It seems many organizations such as goes toward that donation. the NFL and Lockai have no problem proOther companies like BIC, who sell moting their merchandise in the name of pink related stationery products, have a breast cancer awareness, but they fail to set donation of $50,000 that isn’t related give specifics on where the money they to their pink merchandise sales at all. say they’ll donate ends up. The breast In addition to settling the transparcancer cause is much greater than a pink ency issue of how much of our money ribbon, and donors deserve transparency actually go towards breast cancer organiin where their money goes. zations, it’s also important to know how There’s absolutely no harm in wearhelpful these organizations are. ing the T-shirt or anything related, but One organization that has come under perhaps when companies begin capitalfire in recent years is the Susan G. Komen izing on a deadly disease, we can begin to Foundation. Although the organization question whether it’s worth investing our is transparent about how much money it money somewhere where we absolutely raises each year and how much it donates, know our money is going to help women it has been scrutinized for the high salary afflicted with the disease. of its CEO when fundraisers in several Take the National Football League, for cities had been cancelled and for tempoexample. Every October, the NFL hosts a rarily pulling funds to Planned Parentcampaign, a Crucial Catch, to help spread hood, an organization that annually proawareness for the vides over 75,000 disease as well as breast exams annuraise funds for really, according to search. Through their website. Last the official NFL But upon my mother’s diagno- year, the FoundaShop, people are tion brought in able to buy pink- sis of breast cancer and through $228,394,992 acthemed gear with the months of watching her suffer, cording to Charity 100 percent of the I knew my pink tee wasn’t doing Navigator, and doproceeds raised anything for her or anyone else nated at least $87 through merchan- with the disease. million, according dise sales donated to its annual report. to the American Cancer Society. There are a lot of very helpful organiSince 2011, the campaign has raised zations out there aiming to help women over $15 million, with a majority of the prevent and fight breast cancer such as money coming from the merchandise Bright Pink, which clearly demonstrates sales. However, the page fails to note the on their annual report how they work exact percentage that the American Canand what they do with the funds that they cer Society receives after costs — such as raise. The national nonprofit — focusing the manufacturer, retailer and the proon the prevention and early detection of gram taking their cut. breast and ovarian cancer — discloses We’re not sure how much the percenttheir revenue, sponsors, partners, exage is, but some reports suggest it could penses and the distribution of services be as low as 8 percent. When a pinkthe expenses go toward. Last year, the themed sweatshirt from the NFL shop group raised and donated about $3.5 milcan cost up to $75, that means a mere $6 lion. would end up going to the organization. Breast cancer is a serious disease that We deserve to have more transparent inaffects too many women. While raising formation on how much of that is actuawareness is important to an extent, I’m ally going towards life-saving research or not sure if I want to spend my money fundraising. on a pink product if it’s only going to go Then, consider The North Face, a towards the company. I’d rather spend it popular clothing brand. This company on a product if I could see how much of sells breast cancer-themed jackets and my money is actually being donated and states on their website that they make an where exactly that donation is going. annual donation to two separate research

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Chris Jones spent his offseason focusing on nutrition and transforming his body for the upcoming basketball season. | by Dan Sostek |Senior Staff Writer


Chris Jones (12) at the end of last basketball season. John Hamilton SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER pittnews com

At 6-foot-6, Pitt senior guard Chris Jones has dunked over taller defenders. He’s scored 20 points in games against the best college basketball teams in the country. And he’s locked down the stars, like Duke’s Grayson Allen. But this summer at a Pitt basketball practice, Jones achieved something that has eluded him since he was a boy growing up in Teaneck, New Jersey. The guard was stretching in a workout session when he ran up to new strength and conditioning coach Garry Christopher “like a little kid” with rampant and surprised excitement. “Coach,” Jones said. “I touched my toes! I’ve never been able to touch my toes!” Jones’ newfound flexibility is an added component of a stringent offseason workout and nutrition plan Christopher implemented, one that has helped the senior shed five pounds and trade in some remnant fat f o r muscle. Now leaner, Jones is prepared to make more of an impact this season than he was able to in the past. Jones knew conditioning was going to be a focal point of his offseason work, and his new head coach, Kevin Stallings, hammered that point home during summer workouts with a biting nickname. “I think Chris got the message when I started calling him the Pillsbury Doughboy,” Stallings said. “I said so lovingly.” Stallings said he would go up to Jones and poke him in the stomach “to see if he’d laugh like the old commercial.” Jones knew Stallings wasn’t being meanspirited but still understood there was a message behind the lighthearted barb.

“He was kind of saying it as a joke,” Jones said. “But, you know, all jokes hold some kind of truth. I kind of took it as a hint and said, ‘Let me start working on my body.’” That process started with a meeting with Christopher, who spent the past three seasons in the same position at Vanderbilt with Stallings. Christopher held preliminary screenings with everyone on the roster. The offseason is a perfect time to tackle these individual requirements, he said. “We have team goals, of course, but when it comes to [the offseason], we cater their training based off each person: where they are, imbalances, inefficiencies,” Christopher said. “Whatever they are, we target them very aggressively.” Christopher’s initial assessment included a variety of tests. He conducted postural and spinal assessments as well as a functional movement screening, which grades ability of normal movement patterns. He even brought all of his players to Pitt’s Neuromuscular Research Lab on campus, where the Panthers underwent more tests to measure lower body flexibility, lower body strength, power, velocity and vertical jumping. When Christopher met with Jones, he found a player with inherent athleticism but traits that held him back. His hips, hamstrings and quads were tight, limiting flexibility, and some body fat made Jones “a little overweight” coming into the summer. He came into workouts at 228 pounds. “You could see it on the court: moving around, he was just sluggish,” Christopher said. “He wasn’t conditioned very well.” Jones agreed with that assessment. “[My plan] has been about building muscle and cutting body fat,” Jones said. “I was a little chubby before. That’s why Coach Stallings The senior guard is likely to start for the Panthers this season. Courtesy of See Jones on page 10 Pitt Athletics

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PITT CRUSHED AT CLEVELAND STATE, 1!0 Steve Rotstein Sports Editor

The Pitt men’s soccer team traveled 135 miles to nearby Cleveland, Ohio, for its final non-conference showdown of the season Tuesday night only to suffer yet another shutout. The Panthers (2-11-2) fell to the Cleveland State Vikings (6-6-2) on Tuesday, 1-0, suffering their fourth loss in a row in the matchup. Cleveland State also defeated Pitt in 2015, 2011 and 2010 and now leads the head-to-head series, 7-6-4. The Vikings took control early with three shots in the first six minutes. The first two were on target, but Pitt goalkeeper Mikal Outcalt made the saves. The Panthers responded with a pair of quick shots by forward Josh Coan and midfielder Alex Peperak, but both attempts were blocked away before they reached the net. From there, it was all Cleveland State for the rest of the half. After another save by Outcalt just over 10 minutes into the game, the Vikings secured a couple of corner kicks but couldn’t get a shot on goal. The teams traded fouls and penalties See Soccer on page 10 Josh Coan (16) made two early plays against Cleveland State on Thursday night. John Hamilton SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Jones, pg. 8 came up to me [and called me Doughboy].” In terms of remedying these issues, Christopher said Pitt’s training program for Jones was “nothing cutting edge.” Prior to practices, Jones would undergo “metabolic conditioning,” which consisted of circuit training and cardio equipment in order to help shed some of the weight prior to the more strengthintensive workout sessions. Along with the training, nutrition was just as key for Jones. Christopher and his staff tailored a diet plan for each player with easy-to-cook meals and go-to eateries around campus. Jones’ packet listed healthy options like pasta dishes and burritos. “Surprisingly, [the nutrition guide] wasn’t just like, ‘Here, eat salad every day,’” Jones said. “It’s good meals, good stuff.” The work began to manifest itself in practice simply beyond Jones’ reaching down and grazing his shoes. Sheldon Jeter highlighted a moment in workouts where his teammate’s conditioning really showed, leaping higher than anyone on the team had ever

seen him. “He made a really athletic play that I’ve never seen him make,” Jeter said. “Coach was like, ‘Good job, Pillsbury!’ You kind of had to take notice, like, ‘Wow, his body is changing physically.’” Beyond the vertical improvements, Jones noticed development on the cardiovascular

‘Maybe something’s working here.’” Jones looks noticeably different than he did at the end of last season — Stallings now refers to him as “sculpted.” Christopher says this is the most foolproof sign of improvement in players. “That’s when you know a kid is making progress,” Christopher said. “When they can see it themselves and everyone else is kind of noticing.” While the improvement in the offseason has yet to manifest itself on the court, Jones, a projected starter for the Panthers, is confident that it will. “It’s definitely going to let my time on the court be more impactful,” Jones said. “Defensively, it’s going to help me a great deal, being able to stick.” Jones says he’s currently in the best shape of his life and is thrilled to be so in his final run as a college basketball player. “This is it,” Jones said. “You want to leave your mark, your impact. So I’m excited that it’s coming now.”

I think Chris got the message when I started calling him the Pillsbury Doughboy

-Kevin Stallings

spectrum, highlighting improved performance in drills. “When we started getting up and down [the court], I really felt lighter. I felt faster, and I wasn’t as tired,” Jones said. “So I was like,

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Soccer, pg. 9 before Cleveland State resumed its relentless attack on Pitt’s net. The Vikings tallied seven more shots before halftime, but Outcalt continued to keep them off the scoreboard. The Panthers received a corner kick with 21 seconds left in the half but couldn’t turn it into a scoring chance. Cleveland State outshot Pitt in the first half, 12-2, but the game remained scoreless. The Vikings came out of the break just as aggressive as they were in the first as sophomore Noah Pio sent a barrage of shots at Outcalt within the first 10 minutes. Pitt’s keeper turned the first two away, but the third snuck into the lower right corner of the net for the first goal of the game. The Panthers had a chance to tie it up on corner kicks in the 67th and 70th minute but couldn’t get a shot off. Pitt’s defense blocked the rest of Cleveland State’s shots before they made it on goal, but the offense couldn’t even the score. The Vikings outshot the Panthers 19-4 for the game and held on for the 1-0 victory. Still searching for its first ACC win of 2016, Pitt will host the No. 16 Virginia Cavaliers at Ambrose Urbanic Field in its final home game of the regular season on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.



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