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Obama likely to make Ohio State return Tuesday

Sean Spitzer

It looks like President Barack Obama might be making good on his promise to return to Ohio State.
The College Democrats submitted a request to host an Obama campaign visit on campus next week.
The Lantern obtained an email that Javaune Adams-Gaston, vice president for Student Life, sent to several university officials and students Thursday before 9 a.m.
“I just received official notification from the College Democrats about their request to host a campaign visit from President Obama next week,” Adams-Gaston said in the email.
The Lantern contacted several university officials Wednesday and Thursday that were not able to confirm or deny that Obama would be visiting OSU’s campus.
In an Aug. 28 conference call with The Lantern and college journalists nationwide, Obama hinted he would return to the university before the election.
“I expect that if you’re not completely tired of me, you’re gonna see me in Ohio State again,” Obama said. “In fact, I think I’ve got a buckeye in my pocket that somebody gave me the last time I was there. I figure that’s good luck going into the election.”
Mallory Kimble, president of the OSU College Democrats, declined comment Thursday.  
Laura Allen, regional press secretary for Obama for America, said she had no details about Obama’s Tuesday Columbus visit.
Obama was originally scheduled to make an appearance in Columbus on Thursday, but that visit was rescheduled for Tuesday.
Niraj Antani, communication director of College Republicans, said if Obama does come to OSU no academics should be disrupted and no student or state dollars should be spent.
“We cannot shut down things that students pay for, that I would also argue, the state pays for,” Antani said.
When Obama visited campus two years ago, the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library was roped off for a some time. When he came in March, the RPAC was shut down. Antani said this should not be the case.
“If students are denied access for the Thompson Library, then I will demand that students be reimbursed,” he said. That promise also includes reimbursement for canceled classes and other facilities.
Antani met with Adams-Gaston Thursday evening to express his concerns. He also argued that the university’s “Rules Governing the Use of Outdoor Space,” which state that the Oval is to be used for limited activities and “Concerts, athletics and other large events are scheduled only on the South Oval.” The rules however, “are subject to change.”
On the other hand, Melody Funkhouser, a second-year in architecture, said she is excited about the potential visit from Obama.
“I’m not much for politics, but I think it’s good for students to be engaged,” she said.
The first presidential debate was held Wednesday evening at the University of Denver in Colorado, a swing state.
Many analysts declared Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as the winner following the debate, yet according to a Thursday seven-day rolling Gallup poll, Obama was leading in the polls with 49 percent, while Romney trailed at 45 percent.

Danielle Seamon contributed to this story.

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