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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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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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Randy Jackson’s Education Background

randy jacksonRandy Jackson was born on June 23, 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is best known for his musical talents and his role as a judge on American Idol, where he has been complimenting contestants by calling them “dawg” since 2002. He is also the executive producer for MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew.

Jackson attended Southern University in Baton Rouge. He graduated in 1979 with a BA in music. Jackson has appeared on more than 1000 albums, putting his degree to good work by playing bass and keyboards.  He also taught recording industry classes at UCLA for several years in the 1990s.

Jackson has been married twice. He has one child, Taylor, with his first wife, Elizabeth Jackson and two children, Zoe and Jordan, with his second wife, Erika Riker. Read the rest of this entry »



Enterprise Middle School in Compton, California Featured on NBC’s School Pride

Learn more in our Enterprise Middle School episode recap.

Enterprise Middle School in Compton, California will be the first school featured on NBC’s School Pride, a new reality show that travels the country renovating schools in need of repair and restoration. The work on Enterprise occurred from March 31 to April 12, 2010.

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Grades: 6, 7, 8

School District: Compton Unified District School District

School Type: Pubic Middle School

Mascot: Eagles

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Cheryl Hines’ Tips for a Renovation Revolution at Your School [Interview] [Video Trailer]

Imagine hating going to work. It’s not a stretch for many adults, but imagine that reason is because when you sit down at your dilapidated desk (if there’s one for you) you have to look at a banged up bulletin board and dodge an occasional ceiling tile that dislodges and falls to the floor, which a cockroach crawls across. Your boss isn’t enthusiastic about being there either because there aren’t many computers and the ones you do have don’t really work. At least you’re there, but none of your co-workers show up because they think it’s just not worth it, so there’s not a lot of peer engagement during the day. The water fountain doesn’t work so you can’t get a drink of water. The parking lot is overgrown so you’d rather not leave your car there. All in all it’s a pretty miserable experience. You’d quit, but that’s not really an option.school pride nbc

Now, imagine this scenario is a school. Again, it’s not a stretch. This scenario plays out in far too many schools across our entire country. There really are students in the U.S. who dodge ceiling tiles, don’t have working water fountains, are lacking vital technology, and guess day to day whether their classmates will even show up. You wouldn’t want to go to school either if you thought this was the level of care your community was willing to extend to you and your education. That’s why in places like Detroit the graduation rate is a dismal 54 percent. Just a hair more than half of that city’s high school seniors earn a diploma. That’s simply not good enough.

Cheryl Hines didn’t think it was good enough either. That’s why she, with a powerful team, joined forces to present an exciting and inspiring new show on NBC called “School Pride.” “[The show] has added to my life in a lot of major ways,” she says.

We spoke with executive producers Cheryl Hines, of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame, and Denise Cramsey, behind Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, about the new show and what it means for our students. You can hear the interview in its entirety, as they talk about the benefits to students and how to renovate your own school. Listen now, or continue reading to watch the full-length trailer.

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Rachael Ray Show Addresses Teenage Obesity Crisis

christina's storyKnown for her spunky personality, love of “EVOO” and time-saving 30-minute meals, Rachael Ray shares cooking and lifestyle tips on her hit talk show, the Rachael Ray Show. But this season, she is addressing a much more serious matter than just quick meals and decorating tips: Teenage obesity.

From the season’s premiere last month, Rachael introduced us to Christina, an 18-year-old teenager who at just 5 feet tall weighs 250 pounds. Determined to take control over her life and reach a place where she can finally love and accept herself, Christina has pledged to lose 70 pounds by prom. Read the rest of this entry »



Donald Trump is a Big Believer in Education

One of the most coveted jobs in the world is the one that reports to Donald Trump. Many a college student makes that their post-grad goal, and it’s a lofty one to have. For 16 individuals, a new job with The Trump Organization is closer than ever, as they compete on the incredibly popular “The Apprentice” for its new season, which premieres in a 2-hour episode September 16.donald trump

This will be the first time since 2007 the show follows its original non-celebrity format. And as a reflection of how our society has changed in the past three years, this new season of Apprentice includes a cast that has been hit hardest by the economic downturn. They are qualified professionals who lost their jobs, and recent college grads looking to find their place in this big, bad business world.

“The energy and almost survival of some of these people is unbelievable,” says Trump of the new cast, remarking on their sad and inspiring stories. Read the rest of this entry »



Tony Danza Heads Back to School in “Teach”

tony danza teachWhether you know him as Sam’s dad on “Who’s the Boss” or as an unsuccessful talk show host, actor Tony Danza is headed back to school this fall for A&E’s new reality series “Teach.”

In this new show, Danza will co-teach a 10th grade English class in one of Philadelphia’s low-income school districts. The setting, Northeast High School, is preparing for the onslaught of attention that it will undeniably receive and the actor is also hard at work preparing for his teaching debut. Danza has been spending a good portion of his summer re-reading some of the classics like “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Julius Caesar,” in addition to attending a new-teacher orientation hosted by the school. Read the rest of this entry »



College Grads Choosing Careers in Reality TV

old tvSo, the economy is less than stellar right now. It’s bad news for everyone, including college graduates. Students are having a hard time finding a job, especially in their chosen field like business finance major Darrell Riggins. He told CNN “he sees more opportunities within the world of reality television than in the actual job market.”

Which is why more and more college grads are running to casting call sites to get 15 minutes of fame and hopefully a paying career. Momlogic has a bit more on this story.





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