Pink slip vs. stop sign.

The first picture is from May 10th, 2017, and the second picture is from December 2nd, 2021.

2017: Students stood outside the doors to enter a university Senate meeting with a pink slip titled “Gary Kachanoski Pink Slip.” As President Kachanoski walked towards the door, the Canadian Federation of NL Chairperson blocked him, stood in front of him, and told him why he was symbolically fired. Those students were not impeded or penalized, nor did they receive any communication from the university about the action.

2021: A student protester taped a sign to the podium that said “Stop Vianne: No to tuition hikes and out of control spending” and stood off to the side during the president’s speech. The university bans them from campus.

Does this seem fair?

For the record, I was involved in the pink slip protest action at the time, and it is my picture.

Students present university president with pink slip on May 10th, 2017.
Student holds up protest sign during the president’s speech on December 2nd, 2021.

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.


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