Indonesian garment workers Linda Ratnasari and Siti Chasanah, who were scheduled to speak at Cornell about their lives as sweatshop laborers on March 20, were unable to make it to the event due to the rejection of their visa applications by the State Department.
A YouTube commenter is apoplectic. “Just STOP buying Proctor and Gamble Products.” Another chimes in: “Gillette you just lost a 20 yr. customer.” Over the weekend, Gillette released a short film on YouTube titled “The Best Men Can Be” with a message that was simple, reasonable and needed: men should hold other men accountable for their actions. You’d think something level-headed would get a level-headed response in return. Instead, if you go by YouTube commentators, none seem too pleased.
“Although we have faith the administration will hold Nike accountable for its violations of our contract and code of conduct, we are prepared to escalate if we see that appropriate actions are not being taken,” Habr said.
In the letter, COLA explained that workers in the Hansae factory in Vietnam have been victim to wage theft, harassment, extreme temperatures leading to illness and manipulation by management, among other abuses — but when the WRC went to monitor the factory, Nike did not allow them in.
“This problem directly affects our school so who better to take up the cause than the students,” Habr said. “We [students] are the ones buying the apparel. We have the power and the responsibility to take action.”
Throughout her time on the hill, Caroline Donelan ’16 has always sought to take advantage of Cornell’s opportunities, both academic and extracurricular. Her various interests have led Caroline to take various classes outside of the Fiber Science and Apparel Design major, such as Introduction to Wines and Vines, and to join Cornell’s running club. Donelan’s interest in running and athletics greatly influenced the senior collection — which features a number of different sportswear garments — that she will display at Cornell Fashion Collective’s runway show this Saturday. After graduation, Caroline plans on continuing to work with sportswear in a technical design position at Nike. The Sun: What got you into fashion, was it always a part of life, or was there one moment when you decided that you wanted to study it?
Linnea Fong ’16 is trying something new for her senior collection. Pulling inspiration from human movement and an internship at Nike, she’s taking a break from eveningwear at this year’s Cornell Fashion Collective Runway Show and instead focusing on a sportswear line. The Sun had an opportunity to talk with her about her background, influences, collection and love of backpacks. The Sun: How did you start designing? Linnea Fong: I’ve been designing since I was a freshman in high school.