The Philanthropic Assembly proudly continues the rebellious tradition of Society father David Gillespie, who led the organization to break away from the Debating Society just twenty-nine days after its foundation. The Phis follow the ideal of libertas (hinting at a long-standing point of disagreement between the two Societies) in addition to the old Di values of virtus and scientia. Phi President Luke McGinty currently leads the Phis in the continual search for self-betterment. Find a list of current active Philanthropic Senators below.The Philanthropic Constitution may be viewed here.


Rishi Kumar, Senator

Senior | Public Policy
Joined: April 6, 2015

“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald


Pallavi Gulati, Senator

Senior | Business Administration
Joined: April 6, 2015

“Be kind, for every person you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

– Wendy Mass, The Candymakers

Illirik SmirnovSenator

Senior | Computer Science & Philosophy
Joined: April 13, 2015

“The fact is, there aren’t just two sides to any issue, there’s almost always a range of responses, and “it depends” is almost always the right answer in any big question.”

– Linus Torvalds

Christina Lim, Senator

Junior | Environmental Science
Joined: October 26, 2015

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.'”

– Dave Barry

 Samantha HutchingsSenator

Junior | English
Joined: November 2, 2015

“What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream.”

– Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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Connor BrownSenator

Joined: November 30th, 2015


Quinn GrossJoint Senate President

Senior | Computer Science & Chemistry
Joined: January 11, 2016

“Sedet, aeternumque sedebit”



Michael Sanders, Senator

Senior | English & History
Joined: March 28, 2016

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain an idea without accepting it.

– Aristotle


Luke McGinty, Phi President

Senior | Economics & Public Policy
Joined: March 28, 2016

“For myself, I always write about Dublin, because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world. In the particular is contained the universal.”

– James Joyce

Luke De MottPresident Pro Tempore

Junior | Political Science
Joined: April 18, 2016

“But why think about that when all the golden land’s ahead of you and all kinds of unforeseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you’re alive to see?”

– Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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Matthew Hardin, Senator

Senior | English & Philosophy
Joined: April 25, 2016

Chris Lurie, Senator

Junior | Health Policy Management
Joined: April 25, 2016


Claude Wilson, Senator

Sophomore | History
Joined: November 28, 2016

“Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.”

– Oscar Wilde

Margaret McAllisterTreasurer

Senior | Psychology
Joined: November 28, 2016

“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”

– Michael Caine

Katrina SmithSenator

Junior | English
Joined: November 28, 2016

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

– Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

Matty JackmanSenator

Senior | Political Science & Peace, War, and Defense
Joined: January 23, 2017

“That best portion of a good man’s life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts Of kindness and of love.”

– William Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey


Kevin GauchClerk

Sophomore | Economics & History
Joined: January 23, 2017

“Tell them I said something.”

– Pancho Villa


Kit McGinleySenator

Senior | Global Studies
Joined: April 17, 2017

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.”

René Descartes

Jack WatsonSergeant-At-Arms

Sophomore | Geography & Public Policy
Joined: September 18, 2017

Noah TobiasSenator

First-Year | Global Studies
Joined: November 6, 2017

Miranda FosterSenator

Senior | Psychology
Joined: November 6, 2017

Geoffrey McGeeSenator

Senior | Public Policy & Economics
Joined: November 6, 2017

“How can these smart people be so deluded?”

– Yanis Varoufakis

Christina BartaSenator

First-Year | Computer Science & Philosophy
Joined: November 20, 2017

“The reason of man, like man himself, is timid and cautious when left alone, and acquires firmness and confidence in proportion to the number with which it is associated. When the examples which fortify opinion are ancient as well as numerous, they are known to have a double effect. In a nation of philosophers, this consideration ought to be disregarded.”

– James Madison

Peyton FurtadoSenator

Sophomore | Media and Journalism & Dramatic Art
Joined: December 4, 2017

“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

– Proverbs 16:24