I think the humor is unintentional, but I thought it was pretty funny.
The spread of Ivy League style is therefore not a frivolous matter. Today the wearing of the tweed is not anachronism or assimilation, but a mark of respect for the distinctive ethnic group that opened its doors to all — an accomplishment that must be remembered, acknowledged and emulated.
[More unintentional humor: “They couldn’t have been spies,” she said. “Look what she did with the hydrangeas.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/world/europe/29spy.html?hp]