Snooki made $2,000 more than Toni Morrison for speaking at Rutgers
Want to know what being a Nobel laureate is worth to Rutgers University? Apparently $2,000 less than being a dumpy orange chick on Jersey Shore, since Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is getting paid more than author Toni Morrison for a speaking engagement at the school. Hey, you don't see Toni Morrison with her own TV show, do you?
The Star-Ledger reports that the writer of Beloved and Song of Solomon will get $30,000 to speak at the May 15 commencement ceremony at a 52,000-seat football stadium. In contrast, Snooks scored $32,000 to appear at a couple Q&A sessions at the school's Livingston Student Center in Piscataway in an event dubbed "Inside the Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi Studio" on Thursday night. About 1,000 students packed the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows.
University officials booked Morrison, paying her with money from a deal with Pepsi for exclusive rights to vending machines. Snooki, meanwhile, was paid from the university's Programming Association, which is funded by student activity fees from tuition (she will have to split the money with her management and booking agency, plus comedian Adam Ace, her faux interviewer for the show). As you can imagine, a few people weren't happy about that.
"Such a waste of my money," freshman Dan Oliveto told the paper. "If I want to listen to someone talk, they should have something intelligent to say." If only tou were graduating in May, you'd get the chance -- although it's interesting to note Morrison is the first commencement speaker the university has ever paid for.
[Photo: You know, Snooki; the one who's going to be on Wrestlemania. AP]