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 Caleb Shuda 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.




Noah TobiasSenator

Senior | Global Studies
Joined: November 6, 2017

“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”

Hunter Thompson

Christina Barta, Senator

Senior | Computer Science and Philosophy
Joined: November 20, 2017

“There is another characteristic of George Washington I particularly admire. He thought in the long term. His correspondence is laced with the phrase “a century hence.” He thought about what our country would be like in a hundred or even two hundred years. And he did so in the crush of everyday political life, in which decisions had to be every day made under the pressure of events, in a hectic world like our own. He thought about us. He thought about the twenty-first century. He challenges us to think about a distant posterity—about the world we are making for generations yet unborn.”

Jack D. Warren, Jr.

Caleb Shuda, Phi President

Junior | Russian Studies
Joined: October 29th, 2018

My name is Yoshikage Kira. I’m 33 years old. My house is in the northeast section of Morioh, where all the villas are, and I am not married. I work as an employee for the Kame Yu department stores, and I get home every day by 8PM at the latest. I don’t smoke, but I occasionally drink. I’m in bed by 11PM, and make sure I get eight hours of sleep, no matter what. After having a glass of warm milk and doing about twenty minutes of stretches before going to bed, I usually have no problems sleeping until morning. Just like a baby, I wake up without any fatigue or stress in the morning. I was told there were no issues at my last check-up. I’m trying to explain that I’m a person who wishes to live a very quiet life. I take care not to trouble myself with any enemies, like winning and losing, that would cause me to lose sleep at night. That is how I deal with society, and I know that is what brings me happiness. Although, if I were to fight I wouldn’t lose to anyone.

– Yoshikage Kira

Hanna Tischer, Senator

Junior | Mathematics and Chemistry
Joined: December 3rd, 2018

“I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul”

William Ernest Henley

Hanna Berg, Historian

Junior | Public Policy
Joined: February 11th, 2019

“Giving up is an important part of cooking”

-Anna Fiore

Cordelia Gilligan, President Pro Tempore

Junior | Political Science and History
Joined: February 18th, 2019

“One of the poets, whose name I cannot recall, has a passage, which I am unable at the moment to remember, in one of his works, which for the time being has slipped my mind, which hits off admirably this age-old situation.”

-P. G. Wodehouse, The Long Hole

Jia Chun Xie, Senator

Junior | Biomedical Engineering
Joined: March 25th, 2019

“Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

-Dylan Thomas

Chloe Lindberg, Senator

Junior | Biology and Chemistry
Joined: April 8th, 2019

Let us endeavor to live so that when we die even the undertaker will be sorry.”

-Mark Twain

Holly Lockhead, Senator

Junior | Religious Studies
Joined: April 15th, 2019

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”

-Audre Lorde

Andrew Shaw, Senator

Junior | Political Science and Communications
Joined: September 30, 2019

“He was alone. He was desperately lonely.”

-Thomas Wolfe

Dylan Heneghan, Senator

Junior | Political Science and Communications
Joined: September 30, 2019

“The most perceptive character in a play is the fool, because the ,am who wishes to seem simple cannot possibly be a simpleton.”

-Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Allison Carpenter, Senator

Junior | Business Administration and Contemporary European Studies 
Joined: October 28, 2019

“I believe that the presidential term should be limited.”

-Vladimir Putin

Robert Jones III, Treasurer

Junior | Public Policy and Economics
Joined: February 24, 2020

“Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair; more just society”

Congressman John Lewis


Caroline Pharr, Senator

Junior | Environmental Studies and Public Policy
Joined: March 2nd, 2020

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

-Helen Keller

Angus Ewington, Senator

Sophomore | Philosophy and Mathematics 
Joined: August 9th, 2020

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Bryson Piscitelli, Senator

Sophomore | Contemporary European Studies and Peace, War, and Defense
Joined: August 28th, 2020

“Nor in the palmy days of Rome’s power and grandeur did the ‘I am a Roman Citizen’ command more of confidence and respect, than ‘I am a Member of the Philanthropic Society’ does for me.”

-William Rufus DeVane King, Vice President of the United States

Addie Wilson, Senator

Junior | Physics, German, and Mathematics
Joined: October 25th, 2020

James Crescenzi, Senator

Sophomore | Political Science, Mathematics, and Music
Joined: November 1st, 2020