Rutgers Pays Snooki More $ Than Nobel-Winning Commencement Speaker

Posted: Apr 01, 2011 9:58 AM
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From USA Today: Question: Who's worth more as a college speaker - Jersey Shore star Snooki or Nobel-winning Toni Morrison?

Answer: Snooki!

That's the deal at Rutgers, reports The Rutgers University Programming Association paid Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi $32,000 Thursday to offer important advice on her hairstyle, fist pumps, as well as the GTL — gym, tanning, laundry — lifestyle.

And that's $2,000 more than the $30,000 the university is paying Morrison to deliver Rutgers' commencement address in May.

The Rutgers University Programming Association paid the reality star using the mandatory student activity fees. Gregory Kassee, vice president of the association's comedy and movies committee, said the group was looking for a speaker who would appeal to Rutgers students. And that proved to be true.

Students lined up early in the afternoon to secure one of the 1,000 wristbands to get into the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows, which featured Snooki being interviewed by comedian Adam Ace.

Snooki's advice to students: "Study hard, but party harder."