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NJ students want Springsteen to bolster image

April 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Students at New Jersey's largest university are seeking Bruce Springsteen's help to bolster their image.

Rutgers University students have started a Facebook campaign called, "Let's Bring the Boss to Rutgers!" to counteract a recent visit by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi.

The organizers of the campaign, freshman Daniel Oliveto and junior Paul Tranquilli, told the Ashbury Park Press that Polizzi's message to "study hard, but party harder" was offensive.

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.

Oliveto and Tranquilli hope Springsteen would either perform or have a question-and-answer session similar to the sit-down Snooki gave last month.

Springsteen's publicist did not provid a response.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.