Monday, April 1st, 2013

University Librarian Fired After Harlem Shake Video

Harlem Shake

You might be getting sick of Harlem Shake videos. But they probably haven’t cost you your job.

That’s not the case for a University of Oxford college librarian who lost her job after a group of 30 students filmed an internet dance video in the library on her watch.

The viral video craze sees people suddenly dancing in seemingly normal settings, often in costume. This one, however, found the librarian suddenly unemployed as Calypso Nash, a graduate student at St Hilda’s College, was let go for failing to stop the dance party.

The video features a bit of everything. It shows a woman holding a sign reading “Free Pussy Riot,” a dancer sporting a horse’s head mask, while a third appears to be dressed as a bear.

Students at the school are outraged by her dismissal and are calling on the university to re-instate Nash immediately.

The college’s Junior Common Room has passed a motion requesting “a written reason for the decision from the head librarian” and that Nash’s firing be “brought to the attention of the governing body.”

“The situation seems ridiculous. The librarian had nothing to do with the protest; she just happened to be there at the time,” said Ellen Gibson, a student at St Hilda’s.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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