Published April 03, 2011
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.--Angry parents of students attending Rutgers University blasted the decision to pay Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi $32,000 to give a campus talk last week -- and said she should stay on the Jersey Shore, the New York Post reported Sunday.
"It's disgusting," said Nester Delgado, 43, whose daughter is a Rutgers freshman.
"Next year, is it going to be J-WOWW or The Situation?"
Parents fumed that Snooki was paid nearly $10,000 more than the $23,466 they have to fork over annually in tuition fees and housing to send their kids to the Garden State university.
"I don't think she's a good representation of a role model for my kids," said Christine Getz, 47, a part-time preschool teacher who has a son and daughter at Rutgers.
The boardwalk bimbo drew 2,000 students to both of her Q&A sessions Thursday night at which she offered tales of her rise to "guidette" stardom, and offered such advice as "When you're tan, you feel better about yourself," and "Study hard, but party harder."
The backlash comes after many students spoke out against the decision to host the reality TV star on campus.
"As an RU student, I'm really ashamed," one student tweeted, according to FOXNews.com
"My tuition dollars wasted on Snooki," another student wrote. "Rutgers probably could have paid her with a case of beer."
Members of the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA), which organized the event, defended the high speaking fee, saying the group had been looking for someone who could appeal to the student community.
"We're trying to provide different kinds of experiences to students," said the group's president, Ana Castillo.
Snooki's $32,000 fee caused a stir when it was revealed she got $2,000 more than Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison will get for this year's commencement address.