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This March 1, 2013 file photo shows Tunisian students performing a Harlem Shake, in front of the education ministry in Tunis, Tunisia. The YouTube phenomenon of the Harlem Shake has swept Tunisian youth, provoking attacks by conservative Muslims, condemnation by the education minister and hundreds of new copycat videos online. (AP Photo/Amine Landoulsi, File)

LONDON—Oxford University students have lodged a protest about the “hugely unjust” sacking of a librarian who failed to stop about 30 students performing the Harlem Shake in a college library.

They claim that Calypso Nash, a graduate student of St. Hilda’s College, had nothing to do with the filming of the Internet dance craze last month but just happened to be there at the time.

“We feel the librarian has been treated unfairly, thus we call for her reinstatement,” student leader Ellen Gibson told AFP.

The video reportedly attracted more than 5,000 views on YouTube before being taken down.

In the same vein as other Harlem Shake videos filmed across the world as part of a global craze, it showed a man in a helmet dancing alone in a library full of students working quietly.

Then it cut to a scene where everyone in the room is wearing fancy dress and dancing like crazy.

According to a motion passed overwhelmingly by the college’s student body the Junior Common

Room this week, Nash was sacked on February 17 for failing to stop the incident.

“The librarian knew nothing of the event beforehand and it is difficult to see what she could have done to prevent around 30 legitimate St. Hilda’s students from entering the library,” the motion said.

It added that the event was unlikely to have disturbed anyone as it took place at 11:30 p.m. on a Sunday and only lasted seven minutes.

A number of students involved in the video have also been fined, Gibson said.

St. Hilda’s College refused to comment.

Earlier this month a group of Australian gold miners were sacked for performing the Harlem Shake while on the job.


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Tags: Education , Harlem Shake , Internet , Offbeat , Oxford University

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenjie.hasaki Kenjie Hasaki

    KJ… nakakawala kaya ng stress ang harlem shake…

  • Euan Mac

    harlem shake is sick..

  • completelybaffled

    so? what’s so story about this?

  • pitingkapuya

    Employer: Why were you fired by your former employer?
    Applicant: I danced Harlem Shake while on the job.

  • Bladehind

    gawa gawa lang nila yang harlem shake na yan

  • riza888

    She should be applauded for increasing the number of young people visiting a library.

    • http://www.facebook.com/billy.reyes.984 Billy Reyes

      oxford Uni.,is not just a university it is an institution, is like a holy grail. If you are a Filipino you can’t just say its wrong for them to sacked the teacher because you have no clue what proper ethics is. Filipino are shallow.
      Hindi eto parehas sa Pinas na kahit saan puro pasayaw sayaw, karaoke.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kenjie.hasaki Kenjie Hasaki

        Please if you are shallow dont drag the entire republic with you…



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