Binghamton University was buzzing with activity on Saturday, as the campus celebrated a new school year. YNN's Elyse Mickalonis swung by University Fest to speak with students, faculty and staff about the upcoming year and how the President's recent visit left an impact.
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Excitement was still in the air on Saturday, following President Barack Obama’s visit to Binghamton University on Friday.
"I saw President Obama, I was standing on the side of the road here and he came by in his big bus and we waved and he waved back it was pretty cool,” said Robert Cohen, a graduate student.
On Saturday, the campus came to life for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of University Fest during Welcome Weekend.
"Classes start Monday and this is how to get everybody involved with student groups that are looking to get new members for the school year,” said Cohen.
Students spoke about President Obama’s remarks on the cost of higher education, and what it could mean for their future.
"It does seem like a good idea to make college more affordable as we go towards more of a service economy you've got to be more educated,” said Ricky Lazaro, a sophomore student.
Tom Lamphere, Binghamton University Center for Civic Engagement Senior Staff Assistant, added, "I think it's like a springboard knowing the president was here, he's behind what we do and trying to make college affordable for them, I think it's the best way to start a semester, the President of the United States visiting the school."
Many students, faculty and staff believe the President’s visit to Binghamton University will have a positive impact on the campus community, not only this school year, but for many school years to come.
“I think it'll get people to think about how they're funding for college, use their money more wisely and really get more involved in the government as a whole,” said Kaitlin Voellinger, a senior student. “We have a voice, we're a large contingency of people with the same issues. Why not work together instead of separate?"
Voellinger said it doesn't matter if you're for or against the President, it was an honor to have him choose Binghamton as a stop.