College News Roundup

Up-to-date college news from this week:

Half of Recent Grads Out of Work

According to a recent Rutgers University study, nearly 50% of recent college graduates are unemployed. The study which looked into college graduates from the last 5 years, or since the recession started, shows significantly less optimism in, what many label as, “the lost generation’s” ability to achieve the American dream.

Carol Van Horn, director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers and a co-author of the study said, “I think they’re less optimistic, more focused on trying to find a good job and help pay off their loans, and they’re also experiencing a slow start to their career. And that’s making them not only less optimistic but more concerned about job security and the like.”

Van Horn added “It seems to mark them with a set of attitudes that’s different than people who graduated 10 years ago.”


West Georgia University Student Battles Flesh-Eating Bacteria

West Georgia University graduate student Aimee Copeland is battling a flesh-eating bacteria after a zip-line accident. Copeland, 24, was zip-lining along the Little Tallapoosa River near Carrollton, Georgia. During this, the line broke resulting in a cut on her calf. She went to the emergency room and had 22 stitches.

After many trips back and forth to the doctor, with ongoing sever pain, Copeland was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a rare flesh-eating bacterial infection. After being transferred to a burn center in Augusta, Copeland had part of her leg amputated. Copeland is currently in critical condition. Her father Andy said, this was “without a doubt the most horrific situation that a parent can possibly imagine.”

According to Dr. William Schaffner of the Vanderbilt University Medical School, “This often is a very subtle infection initially,” he said. “These bacteria lodge in the deeper layers of the wound. The organism is deep in the tissues and that’s where it’s causing its mischief.”

A university blog post said, “Aimee is awake, understands everything and is nodding her head to questions! Aimee is still on her life support, and we are waiting to hear more about how she is doing today.”

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