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Hugging Banned at New Jersey Middle School

In an attempt to keep students from engaging in “unsuitable, physical interactions,” Tyler Blackmore, the principal at Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School in New Jersey, passed a new rule, which forbids the 900 students who attend the school from hugging each other. Yes, that’s right, the middle school is now a “no hugging school.”

Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School isn’t the first school to institute such a rule, but they are certainly receiving quite a lot of attention for it. They are also the only school in their district to institute such a rule, but the school superintendent David Healy is supporting them. Healy has said that the school has the responsibility to teach students about proper behavior and that the principal has acted responsibly.

“There is no policy specific to hugging, and we have, nor will we be, suspending students for hugging,” Healy said. “It is unfortunate that there are those who find purpose and humor in sensationalizing such a routine school-related issue at the expense and inconvenience of our children and our school community.” Read the rest of this entry »

New Jersey Students Pay Even More for a College Education

It’s a very commonly accepted fact: college is expensive. I feel like I have written hundreds of blogs about this sensitive subject, but sadly, here I am writing yet another about an expensive commodity becoming even more so. According to, all four-year colleges in New Jersey will be raising their tuition rates for the 2011-2012 school year.

Last spring, students at various colleges throughout the state held rallies and protests to call for a tuition freeze, but unfortunately, their efforts were to no avail and now, all of the schools in the state will be becoming even more expensive as they raise their rates by anywhere between one and 7.4 percent. This means that annual fees will range from $10,021 at New Jersey City University to more than $40,000 at private universities like Drew University.

Even though the schools have increased their tuition rates, they are trying to be mindful of the students’ wishes. Rutgers University, Princeton University, and William Paterson University all raised their tuition rates, but it was the lowest increases the schools have implemented in years.

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Snooki Gets Paid Big Bucks to Speak at Rutgers

If wanted to know more about what kind of hair spray to buy and how much time to spend at the tanning salon, then you should have attended Rutgers University.

Why, you ask? The Huffington Post reported that Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, from the hit reality show Jersey Shore, was paid $32,000 to talk to the mostly-female-Rutgers audience about her obnoxiously-large hair, hitting the gym and fake tan.

“Inside the Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi Studio” sold out with 1,000 students in attendance. The hefty price tag was paid for with mandatory student activity fees, which  undergraduates pay with their tuition.

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Sammi Sweetheart’s Education Background

Samantha Giancola is a reality television star, also known as Sammi Sweetheart. Sammi is famous for her role on MTV’s popular show, Jersey Shore, and for being a heartbreaker. EDUinReview will now take a look at her education background.

Sammi is from Hazlet, New Jersey, where she was born on March 14, 1987. She grew up in Hazlet and graduated high school there. Many describe her as being sweet but also having an edgy side, and being a true heartbreaker; in fact, she has dated two of the guys from Jersey Shore and left both of them heartbroken at times.

Sammi is a fitness-junkie and loves to play soccer. While she was attending William Patterson University, she was a midfielder for the school’s soccer team. She continues to practice sports and exercise today.

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s Education Background

Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki, is a reality television personality famous for starring on MTV’s Jersey Shore. Snooki has been on the show since 2009 and is famous for many crazy antics, including getting arrested for disturbing the peace in 2010. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this reality star.

Snooki was born on November 23, 1987 in Sanitago, Chile. When she was six-months old, she was adopted by an Italian American family and moved to the USA. She grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Snooki earned her famous nickname when she was in middle school. Her friends gave her the moniker after she became the first one of her friends to kiss a boy. The name originated from a male character in the movie “Save the Last Dance.”

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Vinny Guadagnino’s Education Background

Vinny Guadagnino is an Italian American reality television star who is famous for his part in the popular MTV show, Jersey Shore. Vinny is from Staten Island, New York. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this young celebrity.

During the first season, Vinny hung out in the shadows of the show, content to let the others hog the attention. He was shy and reserved, and many thought he might have been too smart for the show. Why? Because this former political aid often spoke of attending law school.

Vinny attended the State University of New York New Paltz and CUNY College of Staten Island, where he studied political science. However, something else came up that prevented him from continuing his studies:

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Pauly D’s Education Background

Paul DelVecchio, AKA Pauly D, is a member of the hit reality television show Jersey Shore. Like the other cast members, Pauly D is an Italian American. He is one of the best-known DJs in Rhode Island. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this reality television star.

Pauly D grew up in Johnston, Rhode Island and attended high school at Johnston High School. He then began to pursue his career as a DJ. His life before Jersey Shore is actually being transformed into another television show. Pauly D says his new show will focus on “what I was doing before the Shore, into my life after the Shore, my DJing career and my entourage and all of the antics that come along with it,” according to The Examiner.

Pauly D is just a little obsessed with his looks. He does his hair twice a day and orders hair gel by the case. In order to keep his skin glowing, he has a tanning bed in his home. He is also a complete clean-freak and likes to keep his living-quarters tidy.

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Jenni “JWOWW” Farley’s Education Background

Jenni Farley is an Italian American who is best known for appearing on MTV’s hit reality television show, Jersey Shore. Farley is also known as “JWOWW,” a nickname based on her physical appearance. Supposedly, she walked into a bar one day and the men started shouting “JWOWW.” Evidently, the name stuck. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this reality star.

JWOWW became interested in computer programming when she was 17-years old. She studied the subject for three years until she became a master. She then turned her sights to the fine arts and graphic design industry. This lead her to move to New York City, where she studied the field for four years at a local university. She then opened a graphic design business, Jenni Farley Designs Inc. In 2010, JWOWW and Power Play International Inc. became partners; JWOWW is their marketing director.

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Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s Education Background

Michael Sorrentino is better known as “The Situation,” a cast member from MTV‘s Jersey Shore. He is an Italian-American reality television star and also models. He has been appearing on Jersey Shore since the show began in 2009. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this famous Guido.

Mike was born in West New Brighton, Staten Island, New York on June 29, 1982. He grew up in Manalapan, New Jersey and attended Manalapan High School. After high school, Mike worked at a fitness center in Staten Island as an assistant manager. He lost his job in 2005 and started pursuing a career as an underwear model instead. In 2009, he auditioned for Jersey Shore and has been on the show since then.

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Students Support Their Drug Dealer Teacher in New Jersey

This year, it is no under statement that teachers across America have been reprimanded for their inappropriate behavior. From teachers fired for friending students on Facebook, to past CraigsList prostitutes, it seems the notable teacher profession is becoming plagued with indecencies.

The most recent unacceptable behavior comes from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey where Governor Livingston High School students are rallying behind their 26 year-old teacher in support, despite his arrest for allegedly supplying drugs and alcohol to his students…in his apartment!

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