Snooki paid $32K to speak at Rutgers University, while Nobel-winning Toni Morrison only gets $30K
From NYDailyNews.com, Daily News Gossip
By Aliyah Shahid
Daily News Staff Writer
Friday, April 1, 2011
Life is good when you’re the Princess of Poughkeepsie.
Snooki was paid $32,000 by Rutgers University’s programming association to dish on her fist-pumping, pouf-wearing, hard-partying lifestyle on the “Jersey Shore” Thursday night.
That’s $2,000 more than the school is paying Nobel-winning novelist Toni Morrison to deliver Rutgers’ commencement address in May.
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And Snooki’s advice to the students? “Study hard, but party harder.” I think the fact that she was there at all shows the students of Rutgers already learned that lesson too well. But maybe I’m just an old fart so I’d love to hear what you think. Was Rutgers right to hire Snooki to talk about how inspirational it feels to be tanned? Please convince me. I don’t like being this cynical.
My thanks to novelist and prize-winning poet, Kerry Meacham for steering me to this story.
Here are some of the goodies I found this week. . . .
Writing and Social Media Blogs
10 Reasons Readers Don’t Leave Comments by blogging expert, Liz Strauss.
Andrew Mocete on the importance of the book cover, Don’t Flunk the Interview.
Some wise words from Albert Berg on a recent public meltdown, The Jacqueline Howett Guide to Becoming a Better Buzzard.
The Pop King of Community Building, Clay Morgan, brings us his March Movie Madness. Clay really knows how to get people involved. I’m pleased and humbled to say that, out of thirty-two movies, my nomination, The Princess Bride, was voted the best. As a prize, Clay will do a feature on me in the near future. I’ll keep you posted on that. In the meantime, visit his site to see how Clay keeps the party going, and drop in on Jessica Buttram at Meet the Buttrams. She’s the lady who gave me a run for my money with The Lion King.
The Princess Bride
A woman in Georgia . . . the country, not the state that tried to be part of a different country . . . anyway, she was digging for copper scraps to sell when she damaged a little fibre optic cable, cutting off web access. . . . For the entire country of Armenia. How fragile is this thing we’ve made so necessary? Read about it here.
Touching tale from Sarcastic Sam on how a Deer Protects Mother Goose. I love cross-species mothering stories. Animals can be such poingnant teachers of humanity.
And for my fellow Scarlett fans . . . she’s from Georgia, too, but this time the state. . . . a part of the original manuscript of Gone With the Wind, long thought to be lost, will go on display–proving, indeed, that, “Tomorrow is another day.” Click here for story.
All the best to all of you for a week of inspirational tans.
Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse