Rutgers Kids to the Boss: Please Save Our Reputation

To make up for Snooki brouhaha, they want Springsteen on campus
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2011 10:55 AM CDT
Musician Bruce Springsteen speaks on stage at 'The Promise' premiere during the 5th International Rome Film Festival at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica on November 1, 2010 in Rome, Italy.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Rutgers has suffered some bad publicity lately, most recently when news surfaced that Snooki was paid more than Toni Morrison to give a talk there. But a group of students believes it has a solution: Bring Bruce Springsteen to campus. A Facebook event titled "College Ave Freeze Out: Let's Bring the Boss to Rutgers!" had 4,638 prospective attendees as of today, and it explains that "Bruce Springsteen embodies the honest, working individual of which our state and our university are comprised. ... No spray-tanning and juicing—just classic rock and honest work.”

"We're a smart institution. We've produced Nobel Prize winners," one of the founders of the campaign explains to Asbury Park Press. "We have a great reputation. I wouldn’t want to see it burned to the ground by Snooki or anyone else." His proposal: Bring the Boss on campus for either a performance or a Q&A session like the one Snooki was paid $32,000 to give. One potential problem? The co-founder is hoping Springsteen will agree to appear for free. Click for more on Snooki's Q&A.

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