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Increasing amount of jobs requiring bachelor’s degree

With student debt at an all-time high and no guarantee of post-graduate jobs, a recent study by Georgetown University found that a bachelor’s degree may be the only saving grace to help students weather the economic downpour. Released in August by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, the study found that more than 2.2 million jobs that require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree have been created since the 2007 start of the recession.


State and county unemployment rates rise

A new report by the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations shows that, for the first time this year, unemployment both on a state level and in Tuscaloosa County has increased. The seasonally adjusted data, which takes into account different economic phenomena, shows that unemployment for May 2012 is at 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent in April 2012.


Graduates face slowly improving job market

With constant reminders of a struggling unemployment rate, but also constant talks of a brightening job market, the future for recent college graduates is uncertain. Travis Railsback, executive director for the University of Alabama’s Career Center, called the job market that new and soon-to-be grads are facing a “slowly improving” one.


Mental health is a concern for college campuses

Mental health concerns are one of the top two public concerns faced by universities across the country, according to Michelle Harcrow, assistant director of mental health education and promotion for the Student Health Center. A 2011 American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment found that 30 percent of college students reported feeling “so depressed it was difficult to function.” Harcrow said the sources of anxiety on students are multi-faceted.


UA junior experiences two tornadoes in 10 months

When the tornadoes of April 27 ripped through Tuscaloosa, Hannah Fowler, a freshman at the time, couldn’t have imagined she would experience the same nightmare just under a year later in her own hometown of Harrisburg, Ill. Fowler, now a junior majoring in marketing and communication studies, is from the southern Illinois town of Harrisburg that was ravaged by an EF4 tornado on Feb.


Alabama robotics team takes home first prize

The University of Alabama made huge waves in space science recently as a team of students from the University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College took home first prize in the NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition. The competition, from May 21 to May 27, was held at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., where the Alabama team won both the overall competition and the team demonstration competition. Named Alabama Lunabotics, the team includes both undergraduate and graduate level students competing against 55 other teams from around the world.