Now Rutgers Students Want Springsteen

First Snooki, now the Boss.

Monday, Apr 11, 2011  |  Updated 7:29 AM EDT
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Some students at New Jersey's largest university believe Bruce Springsteen is their salvation.

They have started a Facebook campaign called "College Ave Freeze Out: Let's Bring the Boss to Rutgers!" to counteract fallout from a recent appearance by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi.

The Rutgers University Programming Association paid the "Jersey Shore" reality TV star $32,000 to answer questions. That's $2,000 more than Rutgers will pay Nobel-winning novelist Toni Morrison to deliver the commencement address. The university booked Morrison; students booked Snooki.

Freshman Daniel Oliveto and junior Paul Tranquilli are spearheading the effort. Oliveto told the Asbury Park Press Polizzi's message to "study hard, but party harder," was offensive.

Oliveto says Rutgers is an institution that has produced Nobel Prize winners.

Springsteen's publicist has not replied to a request for a response.

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