Open Forum: Knowing the Rights and Needs of Undocumented Students 

20170308_111133By Veronica Fernandez

An open forum was hosted on March 8th in the Student Union that allow the Morton College community to be informed of the rights of undocumented individuals, along with having the opportunity to voice their needs.

Prior to the forum’s start, available to students were an array of documents that included lists of rights written in different languages and lists of immigration attorneys.

First to present in the forum was student trustee, Andrea Chavarria. She guided the audience through a sideshow with information on the recent shift of policies and laws, what can be done if ICE comes to your home, the validity of arrest and search warrants, and constructing a family plan. Students were attentively listening and actively participating by asking questions.

After the informational portion of the forum sociology professor, Benjamin Drury, lead an interactive discussion on the particular needs of undocumented students of Morton College. Here students gathered into groups and discussed the different ways in which undocumented student’s fears and apprehensions could be alleviated when in school. A student suggested that professors discuss and perhaps become knowledgeable about immigration here in the country. Another student suggested that students should take it upon themselves to learn about the topic and to live with caution rather than fear.

As the forum came to a close, professor Drury encouraged participants to “Continue the conversations that you started here today.”

Chicagoans Speak Out for Equal Job Rights for Women as They Celebrate International Women’s Day

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On March 8th, prestigious speakers and nearly 400 men and women assembled outside the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. They spoke about the importance of women within the workplace and the economy while celebrating International Working Women’s Day.

Workplace inequality between male and females has long been an issue in the world and in the United States. In 2015, full-time American workers who were female only earned 80% of what American men earned, measuring up to be a wage gap of 20% between the two sexes.

Prestigious speakers, from organizers, editors, and activists of differing organizations supporting women’s rights, equality for all, and a global minimum wage, came out to speak in support of International Working Women’s Day.

Zerlina Smith, 29th Ward and Action Now activist, was the most prominent speaker at the event. She spoke about the importance of their battle for the future, as her young daughter and another girl, sat at her feet.

Because we need our legislators to actually write some real policies that will not just affect us now, but will affect these little ladies later on in life.”

Men and women, bracing the windy conditions, spoke out positively about women in the workplace and their importance to the United States economy.They also gave reasons on how equality in the workplace can be achieved. Some suggested that equality can be achieved through changing people’s attitudes, others noted that legislation that support women needs to be promoted and passed, and others suggested simply fighting for it.

Juan-Carlos Parker, a former Morton West graduate who was at the rally supported this final point of view. “When you’re asking for a seat at the table, the people already at the table aren’t usually happy about it.”

Morton College students support women’s equality, in and out of the workplace. Women and men all voiced their support for women, but all acknowledged the long fight ahead for them. A Morton College student, wishing to remain anonymous, said, “I will most likely not see the end of the fight for women’s equality in and out of the workplace.”

But Morton College students also stressed the importance of being one. Eunice Bonilla said she found it encouraging to see men and women, “Band together toward the social, economic, and political equality of the sexes.”

The fight for women’s rights, in the workplace and out, will continue to be fought over in the next coming years. And their determination is not lost out to the people, as the 400 men and women ended their protest outside James R. Thompson Center by shouting, “Stand up and fight!” as passing bystanders looked on in curiosity, and some clapped in support.

 

Upcoming events will bring over 20 Universities and Colleges to Morton Campus

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By Marcela Ruiz

Morton College will be hosting two events on campus for students who plan to transfer this fall.

The Annual Private Colleges and Universities Fair will take place Tuesday, March 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. For students who are interested in transferring to a private college, this is a great opportunity to speak to representatives about their options. These colleges are members of the Private Illinois Colleges and Universities (PICU). This organization partners with community colleges to grant a minimum of two scholarships every term. The application is available on their website www.picuonline.org/scholarships.

University Day will take place Wednesday, March 29th from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. Students who have more than 15 credits and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above will be eligible to receive free official transcripts. Students must RSVP before March 22nd, in order to qualify to pick up their transcripts the day of the event. Universities will also be waiving application fees. These fees usually cost $60 or more. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested to save on transferring costs.

Students who have not yet made an appointment to meet with their advisor regarding their graduation petition, should do it before the deadline on April 1st.

Greetings from the New Publisher

img_2334By Veronica Fernandez

Welcome to the all digital Collegian Newspaper. It is a great privilege to have been recently named publisher of the online edition

As this new journey beings, I will vigorously work towards accurately informing the Morton College and local community.

As a student, I believe it necessary to be aware of school events, policies, and changes that occur in the place where my intellectual abilities are being shaped. As a member of the community, I am concerned about the place I call home. I recognize that knowledge is power, and this opportunity can be of great advantage to students, faculty, and community members alike.

In the coming months, I aspire to publish articles and stories that will captivate the reader’s attention with relevant and engaging content. I look forward to contributing to the newspaper’s success.

The Collegian Newspaper will publish new articles Wednesdays and Fridays.

For any questions, comments, or concerns contact Veronica Fernandez at veronica.fernandez@morton.edu.

First Hall of Fame Event Hosts “Eye of the Tiger” co-writer Among Three Honored Alumini

By Marcela Ruiz

Morton College celebrated their first Hall of Fame event this past February 10th, 2017. The ceremony had been planned for months by The Hall of Fame committee and Blanca Jara, Director of Public Relations. The inductees were selected by their lifelong accomplishments in national and international levels. President Stanley Fields thanked the honorees for coming back to Morton College and being an inspiration for students.

This year’s inductees were: Jim Peternik, Class of 1970 (Grammy-Award winner). Joseph Sisco, Class of 1939 (Served under four presidential administrations). And Paul Sisco, Class of 1947 (54-year career in print journalism and broadcast T.V.)

Re-purposing the Second Floor of the Morton College Library Continues

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By Veronica Fernandez

As the two-year plan of the re-purposing of the second-floor of the Morton College Library rapidly occurred last semester, students and faculty were left to wonder what exactly was going to be placed in the newly appointed Student Success Center.

Several student forums also took place last semester to notify students of the changes to the second floor of the library. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions and gave their opinion on the matter.

Last October, initial statistics released by the library stated that the second-floor collection of books was going to be reduced by 50%. However, in newly revised statistics, it was shown that of 55,000 items, less than 18,000 were “weeded” or pulled from the shelves, less than the percentage reduction originally released. The weeding process was done in the span of three weeks. The whereabouts of the books pulled are in an unknown storage location on campus, it is still unclear what will be done with them.

Cristal Aranda, a library student aide, led a petition of nearly 500 signature to halt the process of the re-purposing. She noted that not enough light was shed on the plans for the transformation. “Students still don’t know this is going on” she commented.

A Student Success Center Committee has been developed to further develop proposals that students will be given the opportunity to comment on. Leading this committee is psychology professor and ILC (Individual Learning Center) director Robert Wood. The committee consists of seven members that include a reference librarian, full-time faculty members, an adjunct instructor and tutor, a testing and assessment specialist, a dean, and finally the director of ILC.

The second floor of the library currently consists of an open space with study tables and study rooms that are available on a first come first serve basis.

Note from the New Editor-in-Chief

By Marcela Ruiz

photo002Hello, and welcome to The Collegian Newspaper. It is a great pleasure to introduce myself as the new editor-in-chief. It has been an animated experience to transition from a printed newspaper to an all online edition. As a Morton College student, I believe all students should be knowledgeable about college affairs and topics that shape our community.

I can enthusiastically say that I am fascinated to work for a newspaper that has remained a reputable source for news since 1924. In the months to come, I look forward to working to develop a more engaged Morton College community and asses as many topics of concern as possible. I want more students to be proactive and take control of their education possibilities.

This innovative change is a great opportunity for The Morton College Community to submit their writings. I can assure you that your contributions will be substantial to the development and success of the journal.

Contact Marcela Ruiz at marcela.ruiz@morton.edu for any submissions.