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 Speaker Maddox Addy 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.


Ben Wilson, Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore

Senior | Political Science
Joined: October 11th, 2021

“We marveled at nature and drew comfort from trees that had weathered storms for decades and still stood strong; their endurance reassured us.”

– Luke Adam Hawker

Gianluca Ciuffreda, Senator

Senior | Information Science
Joined: November 1st, 2021

“There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.”

– Ron Swanson

Alex Rhinehalt, Senator

Junior | Political Science
Joined: November 15th, 2021

Horses have no morality, they live by godless horse rules.” 

– Cody Johnson

Maddox Addy, Phi Speaker

Junior | Sociology and Political Science
Joined: February 28th, 2022

“I comprehended that it was my task: to make difficulties everywhere.”

– Søren Kierkegaard

Andrew Forbes, President Pro Tempore

Sophomore | Public Policy and Economics
Joined: September 12th, 2022

“Not TV or illegal drugs but the automobile has been the chief destroyer of American communities.”

Jane Jacobs

Ryan S. Kalo, Senator

Junior | Religious Studies and Linguistics
Joined: October 3rd, 2022

“The thing none of you will ever understand is that there are no sides. There are no heroes or villains. There’s just what I want and how I’ll get it”

– Magneto

Dillon Page, Senator

Sophomore | History and Anthropology
Joined: October 10th, 2022

“Throughout Heaven and Earth, I alone am the honored one.”

– Satoru Gojo

Zenith Jarrett, Senator

Sophomore | Psychology
Joined: October 17th, 2022

“If you should see a man walking down a crowded street, talking aloud to himself… don’t run in the opposite direction, but run towards him. For he is a poet. You have nothing to fear from the poet but the truth.”

Ted Joans

Maximilian Alexander Peklo, Senator

Junior | Psychology
Joined: March 20th, 2023

“Record Maker. Speed runner. Fastest modern day petition? Definitely most clutch speech ever written!”

– Senator Maximilian Alexander Peklo

Ethan Crook, Senator

Junior | Computer Science and Physics
Joined: March 20th, 2023

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson

Bennett Lasater, Senator

Junior | History
Joined: October 23rd, 2023

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am.”

– Sylvia Plath

Ziqi Deng, Senator

First-Year | Political Science
Joined: November 6th, 2023

“. . .my dreams are the single unpredictable factor in my zoned days and nights. Nobody allots them, or censors them. Dreams are all I have ever truly owned.”

– David Mitchell, “Cloud Atlas”

Zihan Wu, Senator

First-Year | Philosophy and Economics
Joined: February 19th, 2024

Isabel Ebin, Senator

First-Year | Music and Economics
Joined: February 26th, 2024

Neah Trempé, Senator

First-Year | English and Comparative Literature
Joined: March 4th, 2024

“In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.”

– Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Joseph Kledis, Senator

First-Year | Economics
Joined: March 4th, 2024

William “Stormy” Epley, Senator

Junior | Political Science and English 
Joined: March 18th, 2024

“In a world too often governed by corruption and arrogance, it can be difficult to stay true to one’s philosophical and literary principles.”

– Lemony Snickets