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 Margaret McAllister 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.




Michael Raybuck, Senator

Senior | Mathematics
Joined: February 17, 2014


Sasha Gombar, Senator

Senior | Global Studies and Peace, War, and Defense
Joined: March 17, 2014

Ah, good conversation – there’s nothing like it, is there? The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.

– Edith Wharton

Esteemed guests: In my time at DiPhi, I’ve learned that nothing brings people closer together than sharing great ideas. Please come out to our meetings and share yours with us!


Michael Johnston, Joint Senate President Emeritus

Senior | Philosophy
Joined: March 31, 2014

Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.

– Henry David Thoreau


Trent Hollandsworth (left), Senator

Senior | Mathematical Decision Sciences & Economics
Joined: April 21, 2014


Rishi Kumar (right), Senator

Junior | 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

Junior | 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 Smirnov, Senator

Junior | Computer Science & Economics
Joined: April 13, 2015

“I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure it is not to enjoy ourselves.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein


Sam Sockwell, Senator

Senior | Philosophy & Chemistry
Joined: August 24, 2015


Christina Lim, Senator

Sophomore | Biology
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 Hutchings (Left)Senator

Sophomore | 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 GrossSenator

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

“Sedet, aeternumque sedebit”



Michael Krantz, Senator

Sophomore | Business Administration
Joined: March 21, 2016


Michael Sanders, Senator

Junior | 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, Senator

Junior | 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

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James Creissen, Senator

Sophomore | Business Administration
Joined: April 11, 2016


Luke De MottCritic

Sophomore | Political Science
Joined: April 18, 2016

“I spun around till I was dizzy; I thought I’d fall down as in a dream, clear off the precipice. Oh where is the girl I love? I thought, and looked everywhere, as I had looked everywhere in the little world below. And before me was the great raw bulge and bulk of my American continent; somewhere far across, gloomy, crazy New York was throwing up its cloud of dust and brown steam. There is something brown and holy about the East; and California is white like washlines and emptyheaded – at least that’s what I thought then.”

Jack Kerouac

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Matthew Hardin, Senator

Junior | English & Philosophy
Joined: April 25, 2016

Chris Lurie, Senator

Sophomore | Health Policy Management
Joined: April 25, 2016


Antoine Lopez, Senator

Senior | Political Science & Peace, War, and Defense
Joined: August 29, 2016

“À vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire”

Pierre Corneille


Claude WilsonHistorian

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 McAllister, Phi President

Junior | Psychology
Joined: November 28, 2016

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

– Michael Caine


Katrina SmithSenator

Sophomore | 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

Junior | 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 GauchSenator

First-Year | Economics & History
Joined: January 23, 2017

“Tell them I said something.”

– Pancho Villa


Kit McGinleySenator

Junior | 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