Black Lives Matter

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by Bianca Cataldo

May 28, 2020

The world is in shock after the latest episode of abuse of power in the States: The 40 years old George Floyd, known as “Big Floyd” by his friends and family, was brutally killed by police officers in Minneapolis.

The video that runs on the internet is horrifying. “Big Floyd” was a peace activist known by his community as someone to take advice from, someone that had your back. He was loved and respected by whoever knew him. This inflames people even more. His good reputation is reinforced also through a video taken by security cameras, it shows how G.F. didn’t even try to resist the officers. He was unarmed and handcuffed. Then, there is another video. It was not taken by security cameras, but by a shocked horrified viewer.

The video exploded on the internet and on social media. It shows a police officer immobilizing the man squeezing his neck with his knee, preventing him from moving and breathing. “I can’t breathe!” he kept groaning, “I can’t breath”. It was a desperate request for air, it was an expression of his pain, his suffering… in those pitiful last moments, he was aware of his imminent death “Please don’t kill me” he said. But the police officer didn’t move. He was sadistic. He kept pushing his knee against that neck, causing a rupture of his airways and consequent death for suffocation. G.F.’s eyes closed, he stopped begging.

The man was taken away by an ambulance and declared dead shortly after. From the video it is clear how the man was already lifeless before being taken away from the ambulance. A horrific video. A horrific death. His last moments pitiful, painful. He was a peace activist, he didn’t resist, he didn’t do anything to deserve that treatment, he didn’t have any guilt if not being black. This is the reason associated with his death. He was a peace activist, and he died for peace, he died for justice.

In fact, as the video exploded, as the story is understood, people explode too. People are inflamed for the death of an innocent. People all over the world are protesting, are requesting justice for Floyd. Anger, frustration, demand for justice. How is it possible that this happened? The two police officers involved in this murder have been fired, but this is not enough. They used unnecessary force, they abused of their position, they chocked an innocent man. It wasn’t the first time, he wasn’t the first victim, sadly he won’t be the last.

People are joining calling on the County Attorney to incarcerate the police officers. More than one million individuals signed an online petition. Would this be enough? Probably not. The problem was not the officer. The problem is a system, a mentality, racism. Disrespect for life. Punishing them? Just the first step. Life is a human right. Life should be considered and respected . That’s the base. Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter.

We will fight for you.

Panthers: Why Study at Morton College?

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by Bianca Cataldo

May 19, 2020

People every year, high schoolers, professionists, adults, parents, people that want to achieve a degree or need to obtain a specific certificate, have to decide where to study. “What is the best college, what is the best University to go to, or who offers the best course of study?” If you are thinking about studying at Morton College, you will not regret it.

When you get to Morton College, you are immediately aware of the opportunities this school offers, but to catch them you cannot sit on your hands! Morton College offers Career Programs, Transfer Programs, Adult Education, Online Learning, and even the opportunity to study Abroad!

Educational Experience

One of the strengths of Morton College is the quantity and variety of degrees, certificates and courses it offers. From the Associate in Applied Science, Accounting Degree, Associate in the Automotive Technology, Business Management, the CAD program, Computer Information Systems Degree, Early Childhood Education, Law Enforcement Education, the famous Nursing Program and much more, the school can truly help its students to reach the successful career they dream of.

Another strength of Morton College certainly consists in its professors, which are so prepared and ready to help and support their students. In fact, during office hours, professors are always reliable and ready to answer to any type of question. Most if not all Morton College professors really care about their students, and have a great personality! They are very talented and will truly open student’s eyes on how much they can do! Do not forget about the fact that Morton College is a community college. This makes it easy for students and professors to connect and makes lessons very easy to follow!

A quality educational experience is guaranteed! We already mentioned the variety of programs MC offers and the presence of lighthouse-professors, those who mark your life and teach you to see the world differently, but we didn’t mention yet the assistance that students can get from the “Tutoring Center” such as the Writing Center that can enhance student’s abilities even further. If students take advantage of what Morton College offers, they can really thrive.


Morton College’s Campus offers entertainment, experiences and events such us meetings with Universities, Educative Talks, or Talks with successful figures such as when the college hosted the Hollywood actor Luis Guzman! Therefore, Morton College is also a great opportunity to develop as a person. In fact, in addition to these meetings and talks, Morton College offers active student clubs and organizations, such as the National Society of Leadership and Success that will help you to develop other skills, without mentioning helping you to get Scholarships in the future. Moreover, through your Academic Achievements you can also become a PTK member, that will help you to get scholarships as well.

Much More

Morton College is a great college for personal and educational experiences. We explored, even if on a surface level, some of the educational opportunities and talked about the Campus, but Morton College is much more. Beautiful structure, organized library, a bookstore, Career Services, Counseling Services, a Fitness Center etc. It has everything a student might need.

Personal Experience

Morton College is a meeting place. It is a place where you will meet people of your community, but also a place where you will meet foreign students, from Ireland, Spain, France, and so on. It is a place of exchanging, that will provide you of a vast cultural experience. Students can meet in the Student Union, in the Library (which allows talking and provides tables in the back), in the Cafeteria, and I encourage you to do it! I encourage you to talk to as many people as possible, get to know your classmates, people that attend Morton College, your professors because this will truly make the biggest difference.

Moreover, to enjoy the College experience, students can also attend games, basketball games, soccer games, baseball games, in the MC Fintess Center to support the school team and meet with friends. Don’t sit on your hands, but make the best of this experience. Morton College is a Community College, it is cheap, it is close, it has a lot to offer, but many people tend to undervalue it. There is not a University or a College that is better or worse, everything can take you where you need to be. Don’t listen to anyone else, if not yourself, if you decided to enroll Morton College, you will surely enjoy this!

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CARES Act: Morton College Receives $1.2 million to Support Students

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by Bianca Cataldo

May 13, 2020

The CARES Act (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund) was passed by Congress and signed by the president on March 27. Around $14 billion was distributed to institutions. The Act provides funds to help students facing financial challenges. In fact, during this period, students’ lives may have been disrupted, and they might struggle to get through the semester. It is the responsibility of institutions to inform their students and provide clear instructions and directions they can follow to request the grant.

Morton College received $1,266,321.50 during early April, but only yesterday, May 12, the institution made the announcement that (in agreement with the Department of Education) it will disburse the CARES Act funds to eligible students. However, with thousands of students in need, and Morton College estimated 2000 eligible students, the amount each one will receive is reduced. Even though the school was awarded $1.2 million, the students will individually receive grants that range from $695 to $772 based on need.

Currently enrolled Morton College students which received Financial- Aid for the Semester, are eligible to receive the grant, and they can so apply for it. Many College Students count on CARES Act funding to ease the financial burden caused by Covid-19. However,institutions are not going to be able to help everyone, or to help them as much as they would. In fact, Morton College is trying to help the most in need. However, our College has also other ways to help its students: in addition to CARES Act funds, students can also apply for MC Student Emergency Fund and receive grants that range from $100 to $500 and they can even apply to receive a laptop.

The deadline for CARES Act applications is on August 1st. Students must apply on time and only though their school e-mail. It is important to apply as soon as possible, above all for students that are graduating and that can loose access to their school e-mail. Morton College could have communicated this earlier, but if we apply right away, everyone should be able to receive these grants.

It has been a hard period for everyone, whether students, adults, for the whole community! Students had to deal with the disruption of Campus Activities, and the passage to online-classes without having access to school resources, and for sure many students had to face expenses they were not facing before. People lost their jobs or work less. Hopefully the grant will help students to cover unexpected expenses they faced because of this disruption. In this period, we can be grateful for these resources the State and the College are making available. I hope the most of you are going to apply and be awarded of the grant.

Hopefully this will ease the situation created by the pandemic.

Covid-19 Updates: Illinois Reopen Plan

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by Bianca Cataldo

May 9, 2020

Trying to find a balance between the need to restart economies and the fear of restarting Covid-19, Europe and America enter phase two. Everyone is slowly loosening the blocks and arranging measurements of social distancing. The situation is not the same everywhere. Illinois follows its own reopen plan.

The State will reopen in five phases. We are already in phase two and going to enter phase three. Pritzker says that the State will enter phase three once the number of infected and Covid-19 patients declines. Phase three is predicted to start on May 29.

Now, during phase two, we must keep social distancing, trying not to engage in unsafe interactions and we should keep wearing masks when going out. Once in phase three, non-essential workers such as barber shops, offices etc. will reopen and we will be able to see others by keeping safe distances and wearing masks .

If the number of cases keep declining, we might be able to enter phase four, where gatherings of people will be allowed; schools, child care, bars, restaurants will reopen, but face covering and social distancing will still be required. When a vaccine will be ready, we will enter phase five, where, even though there will be safety precautions, the economy will fully reopen.

This is a delicate plan; it is risky, but people are trying to get back their lives. There is the risk of restarting Covid-19, the risk of further deaths, the risk of going back to phase one, but if we are cautious, lucid and above all patient, everything will be normal again. Stay safe!

Sun: Effortless Cure for Mind and Body

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by Bianca Cataldo

May 8, 2020

Mens sana in corpore sano“, a healthy mind in a healthy body. We all know there is a correlation between the health of our body and our well-being. This is why sport is considered a blessing for both mental and physical health. However, sport requires a certain level of effort. Can we be healthier without significant effort? Yes, sun is the answer.

Sun is life and the benefits sun exposure gives are countless for both our mind and our body. As shown by various scientific studies conducted on the argument, the sun represents a real natural medicine for everyone. It is considered a real treatment that cures or prevents osteoporosis (disease that makes the bones more porous and fragile) and that guarantees healthy skin as well as an enhancement in the mood and energy of a person.


The sun, in fact, activates vitamin D, essential for the absorption of calcium in the bones, and so for their fortification. Most of the beneficial effects of solar radiation are mediated via UVB; several human skin diseases, like psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis etc, can be treated with solar radiation. In addition, UV generates nitric oxide (NO) which can improve cardiovascular health. We don’t even need to say that sun exposure promotes muscle relaxation and mobility of the joints.


Sun enhances energy and improves mood; through the activity of neurotransmitters, the immune system‘s defenses increase. Sun exposure is demonstrated to reduce stress and to regulate biological rhythms.


In this period, sun can help us staying both physically and mentally healthy! In normal conditions, an half hour walk would be sufficient to satisfy this need. Now, we need to get organized to sunbathe.

If you have a backyard, you should take a moment to relax and sunbathe, while drinking something or reading, and why not, maybe while doing some physical exercises! If you have a balcony, that’s the moment to use it! Last, if you don’t have these spaces, you can open the window when the sunlight filters directly through it and get some fresh air. It is important to do this everyday. Always remember to protect yourself with sunscreen and to not exaggerate with sun exposure because, in that case, sun becomes damaging.

Take moments to relax and regenerate, this will help you feeling happier and being healthier in this period!

Cut Off from Social Life: Hindsight Selection

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The spread of Covid-19 and the context are factors of stress and burden for you and everyone else. In this period, we suddenly saw ourselves cut off from our social life. We can’t go to public places, we can’t see each other, we can’t touch each other, we must keep the distance.

By Bianca Cataldo

April 20, 2020

We hear words such as quarantine, isolation, and social distancing. In specific, we are told to limit our movements and contacts. However, we are not told to social isolate. Social distancing does not equal social isolation. In fact, the distance we have to keep is only physical.

We need to stay in contact with the people we love. It is true that to protect them and ourselves, we should avoid physical contacts, but it is also true that we can stay in touch through text messages, phone calls or even video calls.

Before this situation, we suffered from a loss of true contacts, a loss of the beauty in our relationships due to technology. It was like we devalued them, we devalued eye contact, touch, physical presence. We missed missing each other because we could always text in the mean time. We lost that desire or necessity of seeing the other person.

However now, we realize that maybe this wasn’t true. Now we miss it. We miss that direct contact, hearing each other’s voice, being in each other’s presence, and so maybe none of it was true. We did not see it, but we still valued others. We just took it for granted.

Technology was a way of staying in contact, but it never replaced the feeling of staying together! So now, something that was seen as an “enemy” for our relationships, it becomes a “friend”. Now technology is the way we can feel close again.

When social distancing started, we suddenly felt lonely. We felt lost, without having someone who came looking for us, at least at the beginning because, then, that someone came for everyone. Someone that was always there, or someone that surprised us. Someone that during this quarantine proved to be an essential part of our days.

In these periods inevitably comes out the truth of people, so, maybe we eliminated someone from our life, while someone else became our daily happiness. Someone was able to be close even if he was far. Someone else made these days special. It doesn’t matter if they were your parents, your siblings, your family, or that friend, that person made you feel happy, he found a way to stay close to you and make you smile.

From now on, you will know who’s really there. You will know who’s important to you. You will know who you thought about and who was thinking about you. So, call the people you love, text them, find a way to be close to them, to talk about your days and to go through this quarantine with them.

If they made you feel happy, it’s not a coincidence. When everything ends, we will know who’s really there. We will know who made us feel happy. After this, we will hold on to those who count.

Covid-19: The Race for the Vaccine

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by Bianca Cataldo

April 17, 2020

Harvard researches claim that coronavirus resembles a seasonal flu which returns each winter. It means that a single lockdown will not stop the pandemic, so that further lockdowns and social distancing measurements will be needed at least until 2022, if a vaccine is not found.

This situation is creating an heavy and stressful climate. When we check the updates, or when we hear the news, we see that around the world there are now more than 2 million cases! We see death. We constantly assist to the spreading of this virus, and it seems that the numbers don’t decrease, we don’t see the light yet, this curve doesn’t flatten.

We keep following these measurements, we keep making sacrifices, but we don’t see any light at the end of this tunnel. We know what we are facing now. We know how important it is to social distancing, but we also know that the vaccine will be our deus ex machina. We keep wondering when will coronavirus pandemic end. We don’t know yet if this virus will abate during summer months, like an average flu, but we know that scientists all over the world are working on a vaccine.

The whole world is waiting for it, the vaccine that will stop coronavirus. So, we now see a dim light, after scientists at the University of Oxford claimed they will have the vaccine ready by September 2020.

Experts are skeptical since vaccines take about 12 to 18 months to be developed, but the lead researcher for the vaccine, Sarah Gilbert, said that even though the timing is ambitious, it is achievable. Moreover, she assures that the vaccine has an 80% probability of success.

Since she thinks the vaccine has a strong chance of working, the team is already planning on producing it. Gilbert’s team has used the same technology for about 10 different vaccines, so they are not concerned. This vaccine is going to be tested on humans very soon, and by the mid of next month the trial will have 500 people in testing. They are determined to lead the world out of lockdown!