Bar-Ilan University | President’s Report 2022

59 interests or concerns into initiatives. And the great thing is, you can always find other students at Bar-Ilan who want to join you. That’s one of the University’s strengths. We have the full spectrum of Israeli society here, and not just Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Druze, but religious and secular Jews, Israelis and international students, LGBTQ activists and students on the political right. Everyone feels comfortable being himself on campus and allowing others to be themselves, too. So they’re studying, or they’re volunteering, or they’re honing their debate skills. Bar-Ilan students sound like a serious bunch. Reuven: Actually, one of themost popular activities on campus pre-COVIDwas theweekly social pub, inwhich students came to unwind, meet up with friends, andmeet new students, too. Although COVID restrictions haven’t yet allowed us to return to the pub format, we’ve done game tournaments, karaoke nights, all sorts of things to create a feeling of community. And trust me, once you’ve lip-synced together, it’s hard not to feel connected. Speaking of connected, how about Bar-Ilan graduates: Do they come back to campus for events, too? Reuven: We do get a turnout for the career fair, which is a way for both students and graduates to build their professional network. It’s also a way for graduates to help students find opportunities in their fields—which they definitely do. Is there anything you think is missing from Bar-Ilan student life? Hila: Well, we could probably be better at sports. Lots of studentswould like to play competitively. There are some great lawns here on campus—in the future, we hope the University will help us put them to more high-impact use. Woder Tasuma, 1st year student in criminology