Turning Point: Home-Office Journey becomes part of Working Hours!

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If you are in the car, on the bus, or on the train, and you answer to colleagues’ phone calls, or to e-mails on your laptop, then you are working. In Switzerland, federal civil workers, who find themselves in this position, request this work to be included in the calculation of their working day!

by Bianca Cataldo

Jan. 24, 2020

On average, it seems that Swiss workers spend at least one hour on the home-office journey, so the idea would be to occupy workers during these hours of travel to reduce time spent behind the desk. After all, “Nowadays, flexible work forms have become a necessity” recognizes Anand Jagtap, head of human resources for Swiss public offices. This is an idea that most Swiss commuters would not mind.

The majority of commuters reveal that for them, the home-office journey is an office or a “consuming life” experience: people explain that they spend eight hours working, plus one, two, three or more hours on their home-office journey, as a consequence, they don’t have a lot of free time left. Therefore, there is a widespread civil unrest.

After the battle fought by four unions, Bern (capital of the Swiss Confederation) approved this change. However, the authorization of superiors is necessary, and each case is going to be examined based on its peculiar characteristics.

This idea could sign a turning point for the life of these Swiss workers, and why not, a turning point for the life of workers all over the world. It is a new point of view that could potentially improve people lives.

If people could make up the time they lose on their home-work journey, and as a consequence, work less hours in office, they could have more free time to spend for themselves, their families or to do what they need to.

There are limits and cons to take into consideration, but it can become something that, if done in the right way, improves the quality of our lives and also our working experiences. It can really be a turning point for this new generation.

Meet Your New Editor-in-Chief

Bianca M. Cataldo is our new Editor-in-Chief ! Who is she?

by Collegian Staff

Nov. 20, 2019

What brings you to Morton College?

I moved from Italy two years ago, and graduated from Morton West, so I decided to enroll at Morton College. I am currently pursuing an associate degree in the Sciences. I must say I am enjoying MC so far since it is full of resources: I love the library, the Student Union, the piano rooms on the first floor, and the professors, which are prepared and engaging .

Why are you interested in journalism?

I love to express myself: I play musical instruments, paint, make portraits, and I write. I think that writing is the most effective form of expression because it manifests feelings, thoughts and ideas that can be clearly communicated to everyone.

Journalism is interesting since it does not only allow people to express their own ideas, but also let them discuss urgent topics and quotidian. In fact, I believe that Journalism can open your eyes about today’s real world since it makes you challenge everyone else’s truth to find your own.

What are some issues that you care about?

I am curious about Social, Psychological or Medical research, indeed, I am also interested in experiments or studies which turn to be meaningful for people. Moreover, I am particularly captivated by scientific, or technological progress. Eventually, I support personal growth and evolution.

Help us with that. Many students haven’t heard of Symbolic Interactionism!

Symbolic interactionism provides a foundation for understanding the meaning of symbols in human interactions.

It is a theory developed in the Sociological field focused on understanding the processes through which people become members of Society. More specifically, it is based on interpretation as interpretation of gestures or interpretation of actions.

It is interesting that they conclude that humans are the result of interactions since our behaviors, traditions, gestures are shaped by society. This theory probably opposes to the American ideal of “rugged individualism”, however, I am more likely to support symbolic interactionism because I strongly believe that no one becomes who he is by himself.

What are your plans for after Morton College?

I don’t know how the world is going to change, but I think I have strong foundations, and I am excited and happy when I think about my future.

For now, I plan to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Architecture maybe at the Illinois Institute of Technology. After that, I’d like to specialize in Design since my dream is to be a designer. I hope to have a successful career and a satisfying personal life in future, and that’s all I can hope for.

I can’t plan everything because I’ll never know what’s going to happen, but I’ll do my best “good things come to those who work hard”!

Meet Your New Editor-in-Chief

by Collegian Staff

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The Morton Collegian is pleased to introduce Irisneida Rodriguez, our new Editor-in-Chief. We sat down to get to know her this week.

What brings you to Morton College?

I live nearby and decided I wanted to save some money. I graduated with the class of 16’ from Morton East High School. I always knew I would attend college—I excel in academics and like to learn. Today, I am pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Arts with plans to major in either Sociology or Psychology.

Why are you interested in journalism?

I would always write a lot, and honestly, meeting the word requirement wasn’t my problem because I usually surpassed it, anyway. My Sociology Prof. Mr. Drury has motivated me into considering writing for the Morton Collegian.

What are some issues that you care about?

There are many social issues that are interesting to me and worth writing and learning about. I am an advocate of Feminism, Black Lives Matter and the Defend DACA movements. In Sociology, the Conflict Theory as well as Symbolic Interactionism catch my attention. I plan to share my personal views about these topics.

Help us with that. Many students haven’t heard of Symbolic Interactionism!

Symbolic Interactionism is, in general, a study of how we interact on a day to day basis, in our interpersonal relationships, based on the meanings we give to symbols. A symbol could be a degree as a symbol of success, widely accepted by society, so we don’t really question it anymore. Another example could be red hearts as symbols of love. I’m fascinated by how these symbols develop and what they really mean.

What are your plans for after Morton College?

I plan to transfer to University of Illinois at Chicago to obtain a Bachelors in Sociology (or Psychology) with perhaps a minor in Journalism. I feel so undecided because I have so many subject areas that interest me; that explains how I went from an Associates in Science to and Associates in Liberal Arts, as that program offers more areas I could consider.

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.

Welcome to the New Collegian

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I’m happy to announce, as the Faculty Advisor to the Morton Collegian, the launch of this website, which has been a semester-in-the-making. Creating it has been a labor of love. Now Morton College has its own 100% student-run online journal.

Writing for a student paper can be a lot of fun. At the Collegian, it will be an experience in contemporary media. I encourage all students interested in joining our staff to please contact the editor-in-chief. Likewise, I encourage students who simply want to function as occasional contributors to contact the editor.

What are we looking for? The mission of the Morton Collegian is to give students a voice. We are interested in your concerns, tastes, observations, interests, opinions and experiences. As we grow and expand, we hope to review books and film, music and art, as we also profile students, faculty and staff. We are also interested in articles about alumni, or personal essays written by alumni of the college.

When you read articles you like or the kind that give a voice to your concerns, we hope you will share them with your friends on social media. We also hope that you add the Collegian to your online reading lists. It will be the place to turn when you want Morton news.

Photo of Carolus’ “Relation”, the first newspaper, from Wikipedia