The recent actions of Memorial University of Newfoundland President Vianne Timmons to double tuition fees, spend over $50K on renovating her office, and her order for staff to tear down tuition protest posters have led many people to call her a clown.
The most recent comment is by Kelly Smith, who states, “Respectful debate? For what? So, you can ‘respectfully’ abuse your power and spend thousands more dollars to make your office prettier? While people are struggling to afford tuition you’re about to increase? VT, you’re a clown. 🤡”
Smith was referring to Vianne’s justification for taking down the posters because they were not of a respectful nature.
Matt Barter is a fourth-year student in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. He enjoys reading thought-provoking articles, walks in nature, and volunteering in the community.