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Snooki Versus Toni Morrison, Round One

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi pocketed $32,000 on Thursday for speaking at Rutgers University, a fee that's $2,000 more than Nobel Prize–winning novelist Toni Morrison will be paid for this year's Rutgers commencement speech. (Snooki's wisdom for students included, "When you're tan, you feel better about yourself," and, "Study hard, but party harder.") The New York Post actually called Morrison for a comment on Snooki, which is awesome. "I don't know her, and I don't care," Morrison said. Burn. But then the Beloved author got a little defensive: "I have some nostalgia about Rutgers because I used to teach there so, in effect, I cut my fee in half." Snooki's high fee has been met with criticism by students and press. We're not sure who's really that surprised by this news, but to settle the controversy, Rutgers should just have the two women speak on a panel together. That would be priceless. [NYP]