HUMAN ECOLOGY BUILDING—Local Fiber Science & Apparel Design major Daphne Gladden ’23 is reportedly excited to wow her family by graduating with a degree from Cornell University’s proposed College of Public Policy.
“When I told my family that I wanted to study fashion design at a “Human Ecology” school, my parents weren’t thrilled,” explained Gladden. “But if HumEc becomes the College of Public Policy, I think they will be way more enthusiastic about my career prospects.”
Gladden’s anticipation is the result of a recent faculty committee recommendation to refocus the College of Human Ecology into a school of public policy. The recommendation was in response to university administrators’ desire to gain an edge in the social sciences over rival universities and get more Cornellians into Congress.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Human Ecology’s Fiber Science & Apparel Design department has been directed to add new course offerings to align with the College of Public Policy’s academic mission. Beginning next fall, Fiber Science students will be able to enroll in courses including FSAD 3700- Intermediate Yarn Taxation, FSAD 4975- Congressional Athleisure Design Lab, and FSAD 2940- Ruffle Inequality in Urban America.
Informed of Cornell’s aspirations in public policy, Dr. Thomas Allen, Associate Professor of Ceramics at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs plainly stated, “Bring it on, Martha.”