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‘Jersey Shore’ Star Snooki Paid $32,000 to Speak at Rutgers University

Snooki, PhD: Pretty Hard Drinker.

Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, has decided to spend $32,000 to bring Nicole Polizzi, better known as “Snooki,” star of MTV’s massively popular reality show Jersey Shore, to campus for a lesson in GTL– gym, tanning, laundry. The pint-sized star, known more for her outrageous hair and her even more outrageous nocturnal antics than her academic achievements (the only PhD she knows is “pretty hard drinking”), has caused quite a stir on Rutgers’ campus because at 32 grand, she’s making $2,000 more than Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Toni Morrison is being paid to deliver a graduation address at the same school.

Some students are thrilled at the prospect of one of Jersey’s finest (actually, Snooki was born in Chile and raised in New York) gracing their campus. “Everyone wants to see Snooki!” claims the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA). Especially the type of student who could really learn something from her hard-partying ways. This is a woman, after all, who has spent a night in the drunk tank of the local jail and has made a science out of excess. Her message is sure to resonate with a certain breed of college student.

Others aren’t so thrilled that Rutgers is spending big bucks– taken from mandatory student activity fees– on such inanity. But the university is standing by its guest. “The show was promoted as a comedy act, not an academic program,” a Rutgers spokesman said in a statement. “As with any comedy show, the value of the content is subjective and students choose to attend based on their interests.”

Snooki isn’t the only Jersey Shore star cashing in on her over-extended 15 minutes of fame. Housemate Pauly D earns up to $50,000 from playing DJ sets in clubs across America. And other cast members are raking in the big bucks hawking everything from weight loss products (Ronnie) to their own cologne (Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. And if teenage mother Bristol Palin can make $30,000 talking about not having sex, how can we hate on Snooki?


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