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October 9, 2014
How Silvio Berlusconi Is Getting Me Through Law School
by Serena Arena ('16)
I couldn’t tell you how many hundreds of times I’ve been asked questions along the lines of why I would ever want to put myself through the demanding efforts of studying international law, but every time I give the same two-word answer: “Silvio Berlusconi”.
Silvio Berlusconi was born on what I like to call Dooms Day: September 29, 1936, in my least favorite Italian city, Milan. Berlusconi has shockingly been the Prime minister of Italy not once, not twice, but three times, despite multiple convictions including charges of tax evasion and fraud (1988-1998), abuse of office (2005), bribery (2008), and most exciting, deficiting minors for sex (2010). Beyond that, the years these cases were brought to court are by no means indicative of how often Berlusconi actually committed these offenses. When Berlusconi is not busy sleeping with young girls or dining with known associates of major organized crime factions, he is also what is known as a “media tycoon”, owning assets including but not limited to: television, newspaper, publishing, cinema, finance, banking, insurance, and sports, all while being a political figure in Italy. Can you say conflict of interest? Imagine President Obama owning Fox News and the San Francisco Giants. But see, where this story really irks me to the point of choosing to engage in many grueling years of studying law, is the huge support he has in various parts of Italy and the world!