Saturday, March 23, 2013

Oxford University librarian sacked for allowing students to dance in library




An Oxford University librarian has lost her job after students filmed themselves doing the latest dance craze on her watch.

Calypso Nash, 23, was dismissed from St Hilda’s College after a video that shows students noisily performing a ‘Harlem Shake’ in the college library appeared on YouTube.

The dance became an internet sensation last month when five Australian teenagers posted online footage of themselves gyrating to a song of the same name, by US artiste DJ Baauer.

A petition has now been started by students, and the culprits, to have the librarian reinstated as she was ‘not in the position to stop it’.


Ms Nash was working there that night but had nothing to do with organising the event and had not been asked if it could go ahead.

In the video, posted on YouTube, a group of around 30 students are shown studying quietly in the grand surroundings of St Hilda’s.

Then a youngster dressed as an American footballer is seen dancing before the film cuts to all the students doing the Harlem Shake craze in fancy dress.

Another is dressed as a member of the jailed Russian pop group Pussy Riot, while others donned horses heads, a furry badger costume or appeared as weight lifters and a skier.

Some were seen dancing in the library aisles, while others were seen standing on chairs and on tables.

However, the 30-second long video clip, which has had more than 5,000 views, has sparked outrage amongst the senior staff members of the 120-year-old Oxford University College.

All the students who had been identified as taking part in the video have been fined by the Dean.

Librarian and graduate student Calypso Nash was sacked for not preventing the Harlem Shake taking place.

Oxford University said: “This is a matter for St Hilda’s College, they say they do not wish to make a comment at this time.”

Today students want Miss Nash back in her job as she just happened to be there at the time and are also calling for the fines to be rescinded as they shot the video late at night as not to disturb anyone studying.

At St Hilda’s Junior Common Room weekly meeting, students passed a motion calling for the immediate reinstatement of the librarian.

As a result of the vote the JCR president Esther Gosling is to “ask for a written reason for the decision from the Head Librarian, and also to bring the matter to the attention of the governing body, calling in the strongest terms for Calypso to be rehired.”


 Source :  http://tribune.com.ng/news2013/index.php/en/world-news/item/7836-oxford-university-librarian-sacked-for-allowing-students-to-dance-in-library

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