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Oxford librarian sacked over Harlem Shake video


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A librarian has been sacked and a number of students have been fined after a Harlem Shake video was filmed in an Oxford college library.

Students from across the country have uploaded their own Harlem Shake videos, so the students from St Hilda’s College at Oxford University were by no means doing anything out the ordinary when they filmed theirs.

Unfortunately, the staff at the college do not seem to have been particularly impressed by these efforts, and several of the students involved have now been fined for causing unnecessary disturbance at the library. Calypso Nash, a graduate student working as a librarian, has been fired.

Up to five students who have been identified as having taken part in the video are facing fines of between £30 and £60, according to JCR president Esther Gosling. The JCR is calling for these fines to be revoked however, pointing out that the filming took place on a Sunday night to cause minimal disturbance, and only lasted seven minutes.

The JCR are also calling for Ms Nash to be rehired, after she lost her job for not stopping the students. They are arguing that she was not involved in the video, and "was not in a position to stop them [the students] at the time."

Gosling wrote to the Head Librarian to ask why Ms Nash had lost her position, but was told that the matter was confidential and could not be discussed. 

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