Recent events make me wonder, what’s in the drinking water in northern New Jersey? Have people lost their sense of proportion? You be the judge. There are two stories that are entwined and raise an interesting stewardship issue for nonprofit organizations.
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, of Jersey Shore television show fame, was recently paid $32,000 to make two one-hour campus appearances at Rutgers University. (The money came from the mandatory activity fee paid by students.) By contrast, Toni Morrison, the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will be paid $30,000 to deliver the commencement address for Rutgers next month.
My brain hurts! Snooki was actually paid $2,000 more than a national treasure!!! To make matters worse, this is happening at a major university. This would still be a startling situation even if Snooki had been paid $2,000 less than Morrison. Couldn’t tomorrow’s future leaders spend their money to host a somewhat less frivolous, more enriching speaker? Was this really a worthwhile use of student funds?