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Monday News: Snooki's college tour

Jenna Johnson

I don't know how I forgot to report this news last week: Snooki spoke at James Madison University on Wednesday night, amidst lots of "excited chatter and squealing," The Breeze reports. Of course, Snooki was late to her long-awaited appearance (although, apparently it wasn't her fault, as her flight was delayed). The show sold out 1,000 seats in just three days. While on stage, the Jersey Shore star judged which JMU guy had the best abs and autographed the winning set, taught the crowd how to fist pump and performed a backflip. She also answered deep questions, such what drives her in life: "House music. No joke. And shots." Snooki also worked to change her reality TV rep: "The show gives [fellow cast members and me] a bad name," the Breeze reports she said. "We have a calm side -- like right now, I feel calm. I want people to know we're not crazy."

Surprise gift
A 100-year-old woman died in Illinois not too long ago and willed her entire estate to Lake Forest College, where she graduated from in 1931. But the worth of Grace Groner'a estate surprised college leaders. Groner was a warm and generous single woman, who lived frugally in a tiny house in the wealthy community. She worked for 43 years as a secretary at Abbott Laboratories, and in 1935 she bought three $60 shares of Abbott stock -- which today is worth about $7 million, The Chicago Tribune reports.

Gay rights at VA colleges
The Virginia Attorney General has urged the state's public colleges and universities to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, arguing that their governing boards have no legal authority to adopt such statements, The Post reports. Ken Cuccinelli II (R) wrote in the letter sent Thursday that only the General Assembly can extend legal protections to gay state employees, students and others -- a move the legislature has repeatedly declined to take as recently as this week.

Financial help
Hamilton College in New York plans to announce today that it is going "need blind" in its admissions, meaning that it if a student is accepted, the college will make sure to find financial aid so the student can attend, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. Only a small number of colleges have such policies, which are expensive and require a college to relinquish much of its control over the aid budget.

Updated at 3:51 p.m. to fix grammatical error in the Snooki write-up that was kindly pointed out by a commenter (now, an honorary blog editor).

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By Jenna Johnson  |  March 8, 2010; 10:54 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: Hamilton, James Madison, Lake Forest  
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"Of course, Snooki was late to her long-awaited appearance, which sold out 1,000 seats in just three days (although, apparently it wasn't her fault, as her flight was delayed)."

So, Snooki's appearance sold out in 3 days because her flight was delayed? Please, oh please, WashingtonPost, hire back some of your editors.

Posted by: klaw009x | March 8, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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