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The Rutgers University Programming Association paid Jersey Shore‘s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi $32,000 Thursday to speak to students, according to NJ.com.
That’s $2,000 more than the $30,000 the university is giving Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison to deliver the school’s commencement address in a 52,000-seat football stadium in May, the site reports.
Morrison was booked by university officials, while the Rutgers University Programming Association, a student-run committee, invited the self-described “guidette” to speak, using the mandatory student activity fees undergraduates must pay with their tuition.
During her Q&A Thursday, Snooki sat in an upholstered chair (with her feet dangling) on a bare stage and told students, “My feet can’t touch the ground. Awkward!”
Asked to give advice to Rutgers students, she said, “Study hard, but party harder.”
Not everyone walked away inspired.
“Such a waste of my money,” freshman Dan Oliveto, 18, told the paper.
“If I want to listen to someone talk, they should have something intelligent to say.”
The site says Snooki is not getting her entire $32,000 fee (money also will go to her management and the speakers’ bureau used to book her).
Students on the committee said they considered Snooki’s appearance fee reasonable. Others, including Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari and comic Kevin Hart, demanded $75,000 each for a campus show.
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