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, George Gildehaus, 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.




Stephen Mountainsmith, Senator

Senior | Peace, War, and Defense
Rejoined: August 24, 2015

“Old anchormen, you see, don’t fade away; they just keep coming back for more.”

-Walter Cronkite

Denton Ong

Denton OngSenator

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

“What’s past is prologue”

– Shakespeare, The Tempest


Nikita Bisht, Senator

Junior | Biology & Psychology
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


George Gildehaus, Di President

Junior | Environmental Studies
Joined: November 7, 2016

“I like birds.”

– Mark Oliver Everett


Marc Brunton, Critic

Junior | English & Public Policy
Joined: January 30, 2017

 “They all talked at once, their voices insistent and contradictory and impatient, making of unreality a possibility, then a probability, then an incontrovertible fact, as people will when their desires become words.”

– William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

Sarah Barnett, Clerk

Junior | Peace, War, and Defense & Hispanic Linguistics
Joined: April 30, 2017

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze.” 

St. Catherine of Siena

Erik Thorsheim, Senator

Sophomore | Public Policy
Joined: October 9, 2017

“If a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?” 

Kendrick Lamar

Nur RoblehSenator

Junior | Political Science
Joined: October 23, 2017

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” 

– Horace Mann

Emily Lewis, Senator

Joined: November 13, 2017

Rachel Moskowitz, Historian

Joined: November 13, 2017

Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you.”


Sam Gee, Senator

First-Year | English
Joined: February 26, 2018

All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.”

– Baruch Spinoza

Elena Russert, Senator

First-Year | Biology
Joined: March 19, 2018

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Maggie Pollard, Senator

First-Year | Pre-Business & Public Policy
Joined: April 9, 2018