Snooki gets paid $32,000 to speak at Rutgers. That's $2,000 more than Toni Morrison is scoring for commencement.


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Never before has any headline been more deserving of EW’s “Signs of the Apocalypse” category tag.

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  • Mr. Holloway

    Now THIS is an April Fools headline if I ever saw one!

    • David

      I sure hope so… Who in their right mind would pay that much to hear a dumb nut talk about nothing important in life?

    • dj

      Apparently it’s not a joke because I just read it in today’s paper. This is absolutely absurd. I’m not sure she even has a high school diploma.

  • Chelsea

    How I wish this was a joke.

  • JimmyH

    Not a joke. If I were the parent of a Rutgers student I would demand my money back. The money to pay her came from a “mandatory student activity fee”.

  • dharma swan

    This can’t be real. Why would ANY school pay Snooki to speak??? I can just hear the speech now…”hey students, get on out there and find yourself a juicehead and smush!” Unreal.

  • mikey

    I hope she produces enough “Dear God, I really have to study so I don’t end up like that!” motivation to make it worth the $$.

    • banana

      HAHA! Good point, man.

    • Stataue Toe

      Why? Wake up every morning to work a job that you have no interest in, simply to make enough money to barely feed and clothe your family. Vs. Tan, drink and sleep around all day.
      That’s a no brainer. Society making us believe a college education is a sound investment is the real joke here.

      • Mr. Holloway

        I know, right? End up like “that.”

        “that” = getting paid $32,000 to speak at Rutgers.

      • dharma swan

        But you forget that an element of luck had something to do with her being chosen to be on Jersey Shore. Not all graduates will be “lucky” enough to get chosen to be on a reality show and then get paid $32,000 to speak.

      • DUH

        And what about the others who aren’t as “fortunate” as Snooki?

      • Michael

        Yea, what the above poster said. They should do what Vinny did, while you are waiting to “luck out” in the meantime go to college.

      • Robert

        Please keep thinking that. I will need someone to do my laundry and fix my plumbing when you realize that she is part of a .0001% minority that gets paid money to do nothing productive for society.

    • dj

      Yep. She’s the poster child for what happens when you don’t have any education. The disgusting part is that she was paid more than a lot of college graduates make in a year, so why bother to get a degree?

  • gtl

    She’s already spoken at Wake Forest University – don’t know how much she was paid. Really wish this were an April Fools’ Joke.

    • kal

      Not at commencement but as part of a show with a comedian. She was definitely there as “entertainment” not “speaker.”

  • banana

    No really EW, this is an April Fool’s joke right? If its not, I’m not sure what to way other than “What….the FU.CK?”

    • Beth

      banana you took the words right out of my mouth.

  • Mike

    Relax, what this “article” doesnt mention is that it was most likely paid for by the student union, meaning the University did not choose her to speak, rather representatives voted on by the student population chose her. Not saying I agree with it (i don’t and think its a horrible waste of money) but it wasnt up to Rutgers

    • JimmyH

      Mike..Like I mentioned above. Her fee was paid out of the “mandatory student activity fee” fund.

  • Ras

    That go’s2 show you that something is wrong with this country.

  • jj

    April Fool!

  • neetsie

    Snooki can speak?

  • saywhat

    haters – snooki rules

  • Dicazi

    Her topic will be “How to Succeed In Life By Making An A** Out Of Yourself”

  • Gavin Ward

    Well spotted Kate Ward.

    Best wishes,
    Gavin Ward

  • Cris

    Odd that they’re paying her. Usually YOU have to pay when you visit somewhere you’ve never been.

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