Niagara Gazette — Besides Obama, another president was in Alumni Arena. Niagara University Student Government President Matthew Nadler was one of a handful of students representing the Lewiston school Thursday.
Watching himself, he said Obama’s message was clear and concise and one he could easily get behind.
“I liked his ideas he was talking about, like holding the schools accountable (through rankings),” Nadler said. “I liked hearing about how students shouldn’t have to pay more than 10 percent of their income on student loans. I enjoyed the experience and am very happy I had the opportunity to go.”
Joining Nadler inside the arena from the school was his good friend, Andrea Nicolia, who serves as a lead community advisor in her dorm on campus.
Nicolia was also impressed with the message Obama delivered, adding the way he not only addressed the problems but also gave solutions was refreshing.
“I like that he wasn’t negative,” she said. “He addressed the problems we have and said what we need to do to in the future.
“I also thought he was very motivational when he spoke. It was empowering ... the way he talked about the sacrifices we need to be making. It is expensive, but it’s something that’s going to pay off in the long run.”
Inside the packed arena the crowd was definitely motivated. The mood was jovial with the crowd erupting in cheers as Obama was announced. People hooted and hollered throughout the president’s speech, in which he outlined a plan to get ballooning student debt under control.
Afterward, the crowd buzzed as Obama shook hands and kissed a baby on his way back to his bus.
James Battle, a sophomore communications major at the University at Buffalo, joked with a group of fellow students as they exited the arena.