Olivarius: Our insane law

September 17, 2010
The year 1541 was difficult for King Henry VIII. He was getting older and fatter and increasingly nervous that he had only one frail son. The ulcer on his leg was a constant bother. Then he found out his young wife (number five) Catherine Howard was probably cheating on him with his favorite groomsmen, Thomas »

Olivarius: Welcome to the ‘Real World’

September 3, 2010
Last weekend, the Emmys honored the best and brightest of 2010 television. “Mad Men,” ”True Blood” and “Modern Family” cleaned up. With 13.5 million viewers, the Emmys were one of the most watched events of this summer. America, it seems, loves the glamour of a good red carpet packed with celebrities. But this summer’s television »

Olivarius: Missing the sext

April 20, 2010
Imagine this scenario: an 18-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl have been dating for two and a half years. They are in love, and on Valentine’s Day, she takes a naked picture of herself on her cell phone and sends it to him. No big deal, you might say. Just a simple “sext.” Now imagine »

Olivarius: Showing a world of kings

April 6, 2010
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was my childhood obsession. In middle school, my sister and I owned all the box sets and memorized episodes word for word. “Buffy” has long been touted as a feminist cult classic. Joss Whedon, the show’s creator, explained, “The very first mission statement of the show was the joy of female »

Olivarius: The greatness of Gaga

March 23, 2010
Over spring break, my mini-feed was abuzz with Yalies posting Lady Gaga’s latest music video “Telephone” featuring Beyonce. Comments like “have you seen this yet????!,” “BEST video ever” and “WTF!” abounded. Since its release almost two weeks ago, “Telephone” has had over 22 million views on YouTube and has become an Internet sensation. With “Telephone” »

Olivarius: Fame and infidelity

February 23, 2010
On Friday, Tiger Woods gave a 14-minute-long press conference, apologizing to his friends, family, associates and America, for his sexual transgressions. The apology was heartfelt, as well as scripted, long and awkward. He sounded robotic and he didn’t take questions. America loves scandal, more so when sex is involved. Tiger Woods is the latest installment »

Olivarius: A pregnant pause

February 9, 2010
Once upon a time, sex was taboo. It certainly happened, but you didn’t talk about it. The pill didn’t exist; condoms were hard to get — actually illegal even for married couples until the 1960s — so there was always the fear of pregnancy. If that happened, you might get married. Or you might get »

Olivarius: Kate Moss was right

January 26, 2010
Kate Moss is one of my heroes. Not because she is a total babe or a successful career woman, but because she is honest. When asked about her modeling mottos a few months ago in an interview with WWD.com, Moss replied that “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” The media’s reaction was quick and »

Celebs make teen pregnancy seem oh-so-hip

February 1, 2008
Early on a January evening, I sat around my kitchen table with friends, sipping tea and reading magazines. It felt somewhat luxurious to revel in the sizzling gossip of the stars. However, as I scanned the pages, I felt bothered, out of touch. Not just because I had no idea who Vanessa Hudgens was but »

Elis mourn loss of double swipes

September 10, 2007
Thanks to a change in Yale Dining Services rules, students will no longer be able to stock up on Snapple and candy bars at the Law School before heading back to their colleges for lunch. Meal plan holders who choose to have lunch at one of the retail dining facilities, which sell packaged foods and »