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Snooki Gets Paid More By Rutgers Than Nobel Prize Winner Toni Morrison

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Snooki of “Jersey Shore” was paid more for an appearance by Rutgers than Nobel prize winning author Toni Morrison.

Reality television show “Jersey Shore” outlines the antics of a group of party-minded young people such as Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino.

USA Today reports Snooki was paid $32,000 to offer her advice to students at Rutgers. Snooki arrived to impart her wisdom about fist pumping, hairstyling and a lifestyle focused on GTL, meaning gym, tanning and laundry.

Toni Morrison will deliver the commencement address at Rutgers in May. The University plans to pay her $30,000, which is $2,000 less than the amount paid to Snooki yesterday.

Prestigious novelist and writer Toni Morrison received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. Born in 1931, a few of Morrison's best known novels are “The Bluest Eye,” “Beloved” and “Song of Solomon.”

Despite the fact she admitted she doesn't spend her time reading, Snooki recently wrote a book entitled, “A Shore Thing,” loosely about her quest for love on the boardwalk. Not a Nobel prize winning title, the book sold around 9,000 copies during the first month of its release.

Snooki was paid $32,000 by the Rutgers University Programming Association from the mandatory student activity fees. Rutgers is the largest institute of higher learning in New Jersey.

The vice president of the Association's comedy and movies committee, Gregory Kassee, said they want to find a speakers who would appeal to the students attending Rutgers.

Early yesterday afternoon students lined up to score one of the 1,000 wristbands to attend the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows featuring Snooki. During the show, comedian Adam Ace interviewed the popular reality star.

Snooki offered sage advise to the esteemed students at Rutgers, stating, “Study hard, but party harder.”

There were mixed opinions about having Snooki as a speaker. NJ.com reports pre-med major from Alabama, Adham Abdel-Raouf, said, “Honestly, I thought they would have paid her more.”

Gianna Santelli, a 21-year-old junior from Nutley, stated, “When you pay the tuition you know part of it is for student activities. It's all about supply and demand and pleasing the student.”

On the other hand, Dan Oliveto, 18, rolled his eyes and said, “Such a waste of my money. If I want to listen to someone talk, they should have something intelligent to say.”

President of the Rutgers University Programming Association, Ana Castillo, said, “We're trying to provide different kinds of experiences to students.”

Snooki is definitely different.

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