PISCATAWAY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Call it the price of the pouf.

Rutgers University students paid Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki from MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” $32,000 to speak to them.

For comparison, Nobel-prize winning novelist Toni Morrison, who wrote “Beloved,” “Song Of Solomon” and more is being paid $30,000 by the university to speak at the commencement there in May.

In 2006, The New York Times Book Review named Morrison’s “Beloved” the best American novel of the past 25 years.

In fairness, Polizzi is also a writer, having released her debut novel “A Shore Thing” in January. Polizzi’s book has reportedly sold roughly 9,000 copies as of January.

Morrison was booked by Rutgers, whereas a student-run committee booked Polizzi.

Polizzi spoke at the university Thursday night. The New Jersey Star Ledger reports she spent an hour answering questions and teaching students how to fist pump. Her words of wisdom for the students: “Study hard, but party harder.”

Is Snooki worth it? Was this money well spent or a huge waste of cash? Sound off in our comments section.

Comments (45)
  1. Frank B. says:

    Oh, Thank God, It it’s April Fool’s Day. It’s a gag. Lord have mercy, if Rutgers really paid Snooki for anything, America would be in one sad state of affairs.

  2. Paul D. Candelaria says:

    Whoever was stupid enough to hire this waste of life should be fired. Her “study hard, party harder” was not the quip students should have left with. If anything, she is the anti-education. Rutgers is going to have to live with this embarrassment for a long time and rightly so.

  3. Kevin says:

    What a sad commentary on the state of our youth and the education system when we pay a bimbo like “Snooki” $32k to talk to students and teach them how to fist pump. And partyng harder is more important than studying?? Where was that airheads brains?? Probably too far up her aft porthole to notice.

    It’s also cute to notice that the same a-holes that invited her to speak and “instruct” were probably out protesting when the State decided to reduce funding for the colleges, thus increasing their tuition. A sure sign that these kids are going to be financial geniuses when they finally grow up! Way to go airheads! Spend money on a useless piece of you know what, then complain when budget constraints make your tuition go up. And don’t even think of complaining about Wall Street, the Bush Administration, or government in general. This “school committee” is just as bad and stupid as them.

    To compare this SI bimbo to Ms. Morrison is an insult to every intelligent person out there, especially when you consioder that the “Jersey Shore” starlet has only sold 9,000 copies of her “book”. But when you consider the audience to which the “show” is directed, you can understand why.

    I was a 20-something a while ago and partied just like everyone else. But I put my education first, which this a-hole obviously doesn’t think is important enough. And I have know quite a few “Jersey Girls” over the years, and am dating a fabulous one right now. I’m from “Da Bronx”, so I ought to know.

  4. Marcus says:

    Best April fool’s I’ve heard…

  5. Truth says:

    How can you call the girl dumb when she just made 32 thousand more than any of us in one night? Act stupid=money. This is the society we live in and the public has made her rich. People set their own rates or decide to take the offer as Toni Morrison did. She should have set a higher standard. Can’t blame Snooki. As far as I see, Snooki is the only smart one!

  6. John W says:

    A student run committe eh? God help us if this is higher education.

  7. PIKE BISHOP JR. says:

    the nookie from the shore at Rutgers?? 32,000 to listen to her babble..is the price of stupidity or what?

  8. bsp says:

    Thanks for sponsering pretty much the ultimate poster child for STDs and trash, whatever the color or race….congrats Rutgers for using money which could have been used for needy students…oh I forgot…you do the same for a football program that must just make so much revenue to compensate your academic program for those expenditures….we are so proud…

  9. RP says:

    Are you kidding? What can she possible say? How to act like a drunk idiot. Wasted money that can be use for something worthwhile.

  10. janet says:

    god bless america, is her book written in crayons?

    1. michael says:


    2. Da Sitch says:

      Nope: bodily fluids.

  11. TIAVOTY says:

    If I found out SNOOKI was speaking at my graduation, I wouldn’t even show up…I’d ask the school to mail my degree to me. How can this chick inspire a group of graduates??? And thank goodness she isn’t Peruvian. As a Peruvian, I’d feel so embarrased.

  12. America First says:

    Who’s the old chick in the right???

    1. justin says:

      Nobel-prize winning novelist Toni Morrison!!!

  13. Not_again says:

    She is NOT Peruvian. She was born in Chile and adopted by an Italian-American family. Get your facts straight.

    1. Micha says:

      sorry, didn’t mean to offend… ^^^snooki’s number one fan

  14. Junior says:

    What makes her worth that much $$$$???? NOTHING! Th eproblem is we feed into it,we make the a-holes who they are. Look at Charlie Sheen, guys acts like a idiot, a clown, big mouth, gets $250,000K to do a 1 hour comedy show, after all is said and done, he will rake in over $7 million dollars!

    1. EricM says:

      And Junior…the worst part is – $7 million is a cut in pay for Charlie!

      1. Junior says:

        That is even more sickening. None of these people, actors, actresses, sports players, etc…woul dbe who they are without us, the public.

  15. EricM says:

    Forget the money. What can this representative of the-worst-New-Jersey-has-to-offer have to say to college students that would have ANY value at all? I understand that there is value in having speakers from all walks of life, but Rutgers has reached a new low, and has clearly done their student body a disservice by validating this woman in any way. Not to mention they lower their academic standing as well.

  16. Tim says:

    Rutgers U was rightfully sensitive to racist comments made about their female basketball players yet they turn around and become racists themselves by paying a no talent white woman more money to speak to students than a Pulitzer Prize winning gifted African American female writer! Way to go Racist Rutgers. You send a terrible message to your students and alumni!

  17. Brendan says:

    That’s pathetic. Toni Morrison should feel highly insulted. So much for “Higher” Education.

  18. New Lamby says:

    You people don’t get it. First off, she’s more of a reflection on today’s society. She appeals to people. I am sure more people know snooki than Toni who?

    You go girl

    1. Micha says:

      She appeals to people in the same way a car accident appeals to people. I wouldn’t mind if the girl was at least smart, but every time she opens her mouth she sounds like an idiot… By the way, those of us who are educated know who toni morrison is..

      1. New Lamby says:

        Hey Micha

        First off, if you took a poll, more people know who Snooki is than Toni , what ever her last name is. Congrats that you know her. Big deal.

        This called capitalism. Toni whoever will put young people to sleep with her longggggggggggggggggggggggggg boringgggggggggggggggggggggg speach. Snooki will at least spice things up. Do you watch channel 13. I watch MTV.

        Do you get you it or are dense.

      2. A.Lynn says:

        Thank you, Micha. I couldn’t agree more. It’s a sad day when a girl like that is getting paid to speak at a university. I for one will never send my own children to this so called learning institution.

  19. Steve says:

    A student run committee booked her? 32,000? Where did they get that money? Don’t tell me the college came up with the money.

  20. Tom O'Connor says:

    VERY SAD that WHITE TRASH like SNOOKI is still even mentioned in any Media outlet. RUTGERS is losing its standards.

    1. sean says:

      She is NOT White but Hispanic. She is NOT from NJ but NY. She goes to the worst shore in NJ for vacation.

  21. Micha says:

    wow… I think this is more a reflection on the students of Rutgers than Rutgers itself. But hey, when your schools claim to fame was bullying a gay man to death, I guess you can’t expect much. It scares me that these people who requested she come speak will one day be in the work force…

  22. Patty says:

    They should have paid her to shut up and go away.

    1. Noelle says:

      VERY FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Jimmy says:

    That’s like a years worth of someones tuition.

  24. Moral Truth says:

    Totally ridiculous and thats the moral truth

  25. lee says:

    wasting money on this idiocy and raising tuition to cover increasing costs…you have to be kidding!!

  26. timbo says:

    Any money that goes to any of the Jersey Shore chan is a waste of money. I may throw her a few bucks for a little piece of a– . But that’s about it

  27. usmcmaggot says:

    It’s amazing that this IDIOT makes $32,000 in one day for talking but WHO ARE THESE IDIOTS that actually hang on her every word???

  28. RalphPfromRaleighNC says:

    The university administration should issue an apology to Ms. Morrison. It’s obvious the students value the opinion of a reality show broad from Pennsylvania (she’s not even from Jersey) more than an accomplished lady!

    1. Micha says:

      She’s not even italian either, she’s peruvian

  29. johnnybgood says:

    CBS: FAIL! Get a new writer. This is embarrassing! “Study hard, but part harder?” Good God! Disgraceful! Who wrote this? A 3rd grader? Snooki might be dumb, but writing that last sentence and not correcting it? Even dumber!

    1. johnnybgood says:

      THANK YOU for correcting!

      1. CBS blows says:

        CBS censors you when you criticize them … its lame so I decided to badmouth them whenever I can at other forums and places. CBS has a horrendous web layout, annoying moderators, and terrible reporters/writers. But somehow I always come back to CBS.

  30. John Ash says:

    That really gives insight to the quality of education at Rutgers. Taking advise from a moronic waste of space from a garbage television show!

    Give it a few more years until she turns into an overweight blimp and she vanishes into history never to be in public view again.

  31. CSI says:

    She just the modern day Jester clown. I don’t see why someone would pay her to speak.

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