Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi talks at Rutgers for $32,000 about what it takes to be Snooki
Students complained about whether it was a wise use of the school's money and perhaps it could have found a better entertainer than Snooki, but 1,000-plus people still showed up Thursday to hear the MTV reality star in a Q-and-A at the Livingston Student Center.
"The students canvassed for who they wanted here and had the funds available," Rutgers spokesman Steve Manas told Reuters. The money came from the university's Programming Assn.'s mandatory student activity fees.
Even Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison cost $2,000 less when she's set to speak at the New Brunswick, N.J., university's commencement ceremony May 15.
First the SATs ask about reality television, then the Snooks gets berated for essentially putting on a show (not teaching a class, people). So much for higher education.
Reports indicated the self-proclaimed meatball and Wrestlemania headliner talked about her hair, fist pumps and, of course, GTL. (For the uninitiated, that's "gym, tan, laundry.") Her advice to students: Study hard, but party harder. Watch a video of students fist-pumping on stage below.
"The poof is its own living form, it's my trademark but people always expect it," she said. "It's a summer hairstyle, so if I want to Snook the night, I'll wear the poof."
Snooki went to school to be a veterinary tech before appearing on the hit reality show, which just wrapped its third season. The fourth season is set to tape in Italy, where cameras will follow her, Pauly D and company as they go back to their ancestors' homeland.
"If I'm ever annoyed at the camera, I'll spray hairspray for five years," she said. "The only real way to get away from the camera is showering, so we take really long showers."
Sound advice for aspiring reality stars, no?
-- Nardine Saad
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Reuters contributed to this report.
Photo: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi participates in a Wrestlemania XXVII press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe on Wednesday in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press