Sex Veteran Links Appetite for Food to Erotica

Laughter ensued Friday evening in Goldwin Smith Hall as Sarah Katherine Lewis, a feminist and author of the book Sex and Bacon, gave a personal anecdote about her first job in the sex industry as a lingerie model in the lecture “Sex & Bacon: Why We Love The Things That Are Very ‘Bad’ For Us.”
“I was pretty naïve when I started; I actually thought the job was modeling lingerie,” she said. She was surprised when she discovered her new job required her coyly to entertain customers albeit with no nudity.
Before her debut in the sex industry, Lewis worked various minimum wage jobs. She realized, however, that she could find no time to write, adding, “All I wanted to do was write.”

Religious Groups Bond Over Dinner

Yesterday evening at the Anabel Taylor Hall, the Interfaith Council at Cornell hosted the fourth annual “I Believe in … Dinner,” an event started by Lee Leviter ’08 to promote interfaith diversity. About 100 guests attended the event, representing over 20 different faiths and religions. Guests sat in assigned seats so that people of different backgrounds were next to each other.
Emily Smith ’10, the chair of ICC, formally started the event by remarking on its importance and purpose.

Officers Take Time to Remember War Veterans

­­Amidst the backdrop of the West Campus World War I Memorial yesterday, retired U.S. Navy Captain James Nault discussed the past and present service of veterans from Cornell in honor of Veterans Day.
Veterans Day — which was originally called Armistice Day to celebrate veterans of World War I — was changed to Veterans Day to celebrate all veterans who fought since then. It is commemorated every year on Nov. 11.

Professors Analyze Role of Minorities in U.S. Elections

Last night in Donlon Hall, Prof. N’Dri Assie-Lumumba, Africana studies, and Prof. Robert Odawi Porter, law at Syracuse University, presented international and indigenous perspectives on this year’s presidential election. The event, “Politics in Context: Who Came First?,” was part of the “Educate the Vote!” series.
Assie-Lumumba focused on how the American presidential election is viewed internationally.
According to Assie-Lumumba, one’s status as a minority arises from different social, economical and historical factors that must be questioned and challenged. In addition, although issues of welfare and poverty are often associated with the black population in America, these social issues concern all Americans, not only the minorities, she said.

Student Assembly Upholds SAAC Funding Decisions For Four Groups

Last night’s Student Assembly meeting in the Straight addressed decisions made by the Student Assembly Appropriations Committee on whether the Student Assembly Finance Commission erred in rejecting the appeals of four undergraduate organizations: Asian and Asian-American Forum, Pre-Professional Association Toward Careers in Health, Big Red Bears and American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Prof Defines Effects of ‘Religionization’ on Islam

Prof. Bassam Tibi, international relations at the University of Göttingen and Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large, lectured yesterday afternoon at the Plant Sciences Building on anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism in the Islamic world.
“Perceptions of Islamic Anti-Americanism and Anti-Semitism” was part of a public affairs seminar series, the CIPA Colloquium. The lecture, sponsored by the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs as part of the 2008-09 Colloquium Series, focused on how “religionization” of political issues has caused these sentiments in the Islamic world.
After distinguishing the religion of Islam from Islamism, a set of political ideologies derived from Islam, Tibi said there is no Islamic anti-Semitism, only Islamist anti-Semitism.