Listening to local concerns

By Matt Porter

August 23, 2013 Updated Aug 24, 2013 at 12:07 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The president had a lot to answer Friday afternoon at Binghamton University.

But it wasn't without a little humor during the process.

"Here's a general rule in the presidential town hall: If you want to get called on, wear the president's face on your shirt," President Barack Obama said to Ivanna Smith, one of the BU faculty in attendance.

Smith comes from a family of teachers and wants more to be done to help educate people at an increasingly younger age.

"I kind of wanted to hear him talk about how teachers should be valued and respected in the community and different things the community could do to help out as well," said Smith.

Other questions came quick, with topics ranging from financial aid to the future of higher education.

History professor Anne Bailey called on the president to level the playing field when it comes to those in underrepresented communities.

"We know that the drop out rate for low income minority youth is significantly lower than other populations," said Bailey.

Meanwhile, nursing professor Nicole Rouhana asked him to help educate more nurses on the heels of the new healthcare law.