The Dialectic Senate proudly carries on the tradition of Society father James Mebane, who presided over the first student organization at the University of North Carolina and the second student organization at any American university. The Dialectic Society has always stood as UNC’s symbol of student extracurricular achievement. The ideals of virtus and scientia and the current Dialectic President, Ronald Ding, guide the Society as it continually strives to better itself and the university. Below is a list of active Dialectic Senators. The Dialectic Constitution may be viewed here.




Chase Hawisher, President Pro-Tempore

First Year Law
Joined: October 7 2013


Clarke MartinSenator

Senior | English
Joined: October 21, 2013

…le cheval volant, the Pegasus, qui a les narines de feu! When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk; he trots the air, the earth sings when he touches it, the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes…It is a beast for Perseus. He is pure air and fire…His neigh is the bidding of a monarch, and his countenance enforces homage.

Henry V, 3.7.13-28


Ryan White (left), Senator

Senior | Chemistry & Communications
Joined: March 17, 2014

“But that’s just like, your opinion man.”


Morgan Andrejchak, Senator

Senior | Exercise and Sports Science
Joined: September  29, 2014


Lauren Umberger, Senator

Junior | Biology
Joined: October 27, 2014

The mountains are calling and I must go.

– John Muir


Jacob BellSenator

Junior | History
Joined: October 27, 2014

“Nothing is so necessary for the young man as the society of clever people.”

– Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace


Jeremy HowellSenator

Junior | History & Art History
Joined: November 10, 2014

“Caput Nili quaerere.”


Mark Laird (left), Senator

Senior | English & Philosophy
Joined: November 10, 2014

“I don’t feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else you weren’t in the beginning”

– Michel Foucault


Ronald Ding, Dialectic Society President

Junior | Business Administration & Computer Science
Joined: December 1, 2014

I once shot two stones with one bird.


Luke DiGiacomo (left), Senator

Junior | Computer Science & Economics
Joined: April 6, 2015

“Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie , that one party can only gain at the expense of another”

– Milton Friedman


Jialing Jiang, Senator

Senior | Economics & Philosophy
Joined: April 6, 2015


“It doesn’t matter whether the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.”

-邓小平 Deng Xiaoping


Stephen Mountainsmith, Critic

Junior | 
Rejoined: August 24, 2015


Sarah Yaghoubi, Senator

Senior | Biology & Chemistry Minor
Joined: October 26, 2015

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually who are you not to be?”

Marianne Williamson


Joseph Cox, Senator

Junior | French
Joined: February 22, 2016

Vouloir, c’est pouvoir!”

Denton Ong

Denton Ong, Senator

Sophomore | History & Peace, War, and Defense
Joined: March 21, 2016

From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some transatlantic giant step the earth and crush us in a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or set a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. If destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be its author and finisher, for as a nation of free men we will live forever, or die by suicide.”

-Abraham Lincoln, 1838


Nikita Bisht, Historian

Sophomore | Biology
Joined: March 21, 2016

I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”

-Henry David Thoreau

John JacobiSenator

Sophomore | 
Joined: April 11, 2016

Jason NautlySenator

Junior | 
Joined: April 18, 2016