Life beyond Obama: Students' lives go on

By Jillian Marshall

Life beyond Obama: Students' lives go on

August 23, 2013 Updated Aug 24, 2013 at 12:15 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Arguably the most powerful man in the United States was at Binghamton University on Friday, but that didn't mean campus stood still.

Campus was open and ready for students to move in and start enjoying their college experience, but with some added obstacles.

Hundreds of students did not attend or listen to Obama speak Friday afternoon.

Business administration and English rhetoric major, Alex Schloss, of New City, said he was busy getting ready for the beginning of his sophomore year.

"I'm just moving in, just getting all of my stuff back into the dorms, and putting all of my clothes away," Schloss said.

For some freshman students, secret service and extra campus security made their first full day at BU stressful.

"We just got lunch after waiting four hours after we got up because all the dining halls are closed and the whole campus is locked up," said freshman Luke Pearson, of Hastings-on-Hudson.

Students on campus said they were sequestered to the outskirts of campus before and during the president's visit.

Although they chose not to listen to Obama, students who didn't attend enjoyed some sunshine.

"Maybe play some basketball, maybe go outside, it's nice outside. Maybe we can get some can-jam going," said freshman Matthew Morales, of Hillsdale.

BU students head back to class on Monday.