Snooki Gets $32K to Dish on "Jersey Shore" Lifestyle at Rutgers

Her advice to students: "Study hard, but party harder."

Monday, Apr 4, 2011  |  Updated 1:14 PM EDT
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The pouf is mightier than the pen when it comes to speaking fees at New Jersey's largest university.

The Rutgers University Programming Association paid Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of the reality TV show "Jersey Shore" $32,000 Thursday to dish on her hairstyle, fist pumps, as well as the GTL -- gym, tanning, laundry -— lifestyle.

Money for Polizzi's appearance came from the mandatory student activity fee. She was booked by a student-run entertainment organization. And, judging by the YouTube video below, she got paid tens of thousands of dollars to make poufs (or is it poufi? poufum? poufanity?).

University officials booked Nobel-winning novelist Toni Morrison for $30,000 to deliver Rutgers' commencement address in May. This year marks the first time Rutgers has paid for a commencement speaker.

As for Snooki's speaking price, Freshman Adham Abdel-Raouf told The Star-Ledger of Newark he thought it was a bargain given the pint-sized star's popularity.

Another freshman, Dan Oliveto, said it was a waste of money.

Snooki's advice to students: "Study hard, but party harder."

University spokesman E.J. Miranda pointed out to FOXNews.com that Snooki was paid for entirely by student fees and not from university or state funding.

"The student programming board gets feedback from the students about which kinds of people they would like to have come and speak at the university for entertainment purposes," Miranda said. "The decision is made by the students."

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