The recent demonstrations and peaceful revolutions occurring in the Middle East and especially in Egypt is changing the entire character of global politics. Presently, new demonstrations are now occurring in Libya with that country threatening to fall into civil war and finally bidding Colonel Ghaddafi farewell which is something the United States could never accomplish.
Over the past two decades most college and universities have begun to require basic college algebra in all of their degree programs regardless of whether mathematics is particularly relevant to the major. Previously, college algebra was only required for programs that were science, mathematics or professionally oriented.
The importance of good study habits is well known. A recent article in the NYT just noted that many preconceptions about study habits are changing with the continued development of technology and how people are interacting with their environment. At a basic level, the article points out that one should change their study locations from time to time in order to break up the monotony of studying.