Watching Obama from the big screen

By Erika Mahoney

August 23, 2013 Updated Aug 23, 2013 at 11:56 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For those who didn't win a ticket to be in the same room as President Barack Obama Friday, Binghamton University streamed the the town hall-style event live for viewers in the fine arts building.

Although those inside the Watters Theater didn't win the ticket lottery earlier this week, some said they felt like he was there.

About 150 people packed the auditorium. Most of that audience was made up of students and teachers.

Some freshman said they were just so excited the president was on their campus only two days into their college experience.

One senior said Obama's proposal to shorten the amount of time students spend in college really resonated with her.

She said she plans to graduate in three years.

"I think Binghamton is definitely on the right track ... getting students to be able to graduate in three years, and not waiting here for four years. And I know my parents are saving a lot of money doing that," said Yeal Rabin, a senior at Binghamton University.

Among the president's talking points: Two-year law schools, all in an effort to keep costs down.

Once the town hall ended, many people said they left with even more questions than answers. But they said they were happy the issues are being discussed in such a forum.