The first picture is from April 22nd, 2016, and the second picture is from December 2nd, 2021.
2016: Grenfell students started to protest when then Finance Minister Cathy Bennett began her speech and presentation. They held up a banner in front of the presentation screen and chanted loudly. Minister Bennett shook their hands and thanked them. Those students were not impeded or penalized by the university.
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 banned them from campus.
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.