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Freshman Daniel Oliveto and junior Paul Tranquilli are spearheading the effort. Mr. Oliveto tells the Asbury Park Press that Snooki’s message to “study hard, but party harder,” was offensive.

The students hope Mr. Springsteen would either perform or have a question-and-answer session similar to the sit-down Snooki gave last month.

‘Coal’ reality show prompts citations for mining firm

The first episode of a reality show filmed in a southern West Virginia coal mine had real-world results: Federal inspectors who watched the Spike TV series have cited Cobalt Coal Corp. for activities they say endangered the miners.

In the debut of “Coal,” a worker at the Westchester mine in McDowell County used the wrong tool — a 12-inch pick hammer — to pull down loose roof rock for a dramatic collapse that was caught on camera. The Mine Safety and Health Administration said the tool was too small for the job and put workers at risk of being struck by falling rock.

MSHA also cited Cobalt for moving the continuous mining machine when it wasn’t cutting coal and allowing a worker to walk alongside, creating the potential for a crushing injury.

It’s the first time MSHA has written a violation based on TV footage, spokeswoman Amy Louviere told the Associated Press.

“However, this is the first time that a documentary like this has been taped underground, to our knowledge,” she said. “If violations are obvious, they will be cited.”

The show debuted March 30 and was seen by 6 million viewers in the first week. The second episode aired Wednesday night.

The violations were written April 5, on the first anniversary of a massive explosion that killed 29 miners at Massey Energy Co.’s Upper Big Branch mine, another southern West Virginia operation.

Cobalt CEO Mike Crowder said he won’t judge the motives of MSHA inspectors, but the citations don’t make him regret doing the show. Even mistakes, he said, can become teaching tools.

Audition booths set up to find ‘X Factor’ singers

Simon Cowell wants to make sure he finds the most talented singer for the U.S. debut of “The X Factor.” That’s why he has set up audition studios in Nashville, Tenn.; Anchorage, Alaska; Kansas City, Kan.; and Denver throughout April, Associated Press reports.

“It probably isn’t as fun as attending an open audition, but it is your chance to be seen and heard, and I’m going to try to put these in as many cities as possible,” the former “American Idol” judge said last week in a teleconference with reporters.

Mr. Cowell will be joined on the judges panel by Antonio “L.A.” Reid, former chairman of Island Deaf. Jam Music, when the show premieres on Fox in September.

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