'Jersey Shore' star Pauly D makes surprise visit to URI campus
Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Updated: Monday, February 28, 2011 21:02
11/18/10 - It was around 9:45 p.m. when rumors began to spread around campus that the University of Rhode Island was about to get a taste of the "Jersey Shore." Paul "DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio was on the URI campus last night and no, the Student Entertainment Committee was not responsible for the reality star's visit."Pauly D, have my babies!" a girl yelled outside of Eddy Hall, where the star of the hit MTV series "Jersey Shore" had been visiting residents in a ground level suite for approximately an hour.
Around 300 to 400 people crowded the outside the building, waiting for him to exit.
Approximately 500 feet from the entrance to Eddy, a white Mercedes S550 -with a "Pauly D" emblem detailed on the left rear of the car-was parked in the parking lot behind Adams Hall. Students crowded the vehicle, taking photos posed next to the emblem.
A cast member of one of the most criticized and popular television shows, one can imagine the excitement around campus. It was unclear where observers would have the best opportunity to see the star upon leaving the building.
Crowds of people ran in panic between Delvecchio's car and the entrance to Eddy, unsure of where to find the star.
People began impersonating of him, screaming "Oh yeah, champagne, yeah," mimicking his mannerisms made popular on the television show. Other students stayed huddled outside the shaded windows trying to look through the blinds and get a peak of one of the most talked about reality stars.
Students pushed up against the outside walls of Eddy, yelling "I saw him, I saw him!"
The flash of cameras made it evident that he was in the building; his silhouette was visible in the window, allowing people to discover that his hair is not only jelled back in Seaside Heights and Miami.
"Someone break the window!" a girl yelled.
Students anxiously waited in the 44 degree weather until 10:15 p.m., when he left the building, escorted by his personal security guard. The guard ordered the pack of frantic students to flee from the small SUV that transported him off campus.
And as soon as the vehicle turned onto Complex Road, girls stood in the street in tears, shocked that they came in contact with a member of MVP and the co-founder of "t-shirt time."
Jennifer Jackson, a freshman who lives in Fayerweather Hall said she heard about Delvecchio's presence through Twitter.
"We put clothes on and ran over here," she said.
Alissa Angelo, also a freshman Fayerweather resident said she couldn't miss seeing Delvecchio.
"I dropped my note cards and came here as fast as I could," she said.
Sophomore Arielle Lineberry said she is Facebook friends with him, adding that his status revealed that he was at URI. "We dropped everything," she said with enthusiasm. "We took pictures on the top of his car."
Shortly after his exit from the building, his security guard retrieved his Mercedes from the Adams lot. Campus police had to order students to back away from the vehicle as it pulled out. A significant number of students surrounded the car as the security guard drove it off campus through Fraternity Circle.
Officer Mark Chearino of the URI campus police said he encountered no major problems, but headed to the scene, along with approximately three other officers to ensure that there were no issues with the crowd.
"Just crowds are getting too much," Chearino said. He added that Delvecchio's security manager contacted the police station, because he didn't anticipate as much attention from the student body.
However, Chearino said Delvecchio's security staff didn't contact university police before his visit.
"We had no idea," he added. "Hopefully his doors are still intact on his car. We invite celebrity visits, as long as we have safety."
He said the last time he saw a crowd as big was when Adam Sandler, who was one of the first people to come to the Thomas M. Ryan Center, performed at URI.
Brendan Hall, a Resident Assistant of Eddy Hall said he heard rumors that the Johnston, R.I. native was in the building, but had left. He said that around 10 p.m., the R.A. on duty called him, asking for help to handle the situation, adding that all five resident assistants, in addition to two resident assistants from other buildings, were working to keep everything under control.
Hall stated that early in the visit, no one had much evidence that Delvecchio was actually in the building, and an overwhelming amount of people who were no residents of Eddy Hall were trying to enter the building.
"Outside, it was really nuts," he said. "Security came by, and that's when everyone knew [for certain that he was here.]"
He added that the resident assistants couldn't kick students out of the building, despite the crowd gathering inside the building.
"There's not much we can do from an R.A.'s perspective," Hall said, adding that at least 30 people crowded in the hallway outside the suite.
The residents of the suite in which he visited declined to comment.
Delvecchio may have been here to catch up on his daily GTL or maybe he was avoiding grenades, but he left URI students with what many described as an unforgettable Wednesday night.
"He came out of the room and it was like the Beatles came to New York City," Hall said.