University of Rochester

Rochester Review
March-April 2009
Vol. 71, No. 4

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Student Activities A Historic Inauguration
students ORGANIZING PRINCIPALS: Ashley Anderson ’09 (left) and Julianne Nigro ’09 organized a bus trip that took 165 students to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. (Photo: Richard Baker)

Rochester students were well represented on the Mall during President Barack Obama’s historic inauguration.

That’s thanks to Ashley Anderson ’09, president of the Black Students’ Union, and Julianne Nigro ’09, vice president of the Women’s Caucus, who organized a bus trip for 165 students and accompanying staff members.

The group arrived in Washington at 3 a.m. on Inauguration Day, and left the city that evening.

Anderson, an English major and a Washington, D.C., native, came up with the strategies for negotiating the crowds—including parking the bus in the Maryland suburbs, which allowed the students to bypass the D.C. traffic.

Nigro, a political science and women’s studies major from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., says she was impressed by the fellowship of the crowd on a day “I’ll never forget.”

“My hope is that this trip will inspire students to get involved in our organizations, as well as consider going into politics,” she adds.

—Kathleen McGarvey