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 Isabel Ebin 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.


Alex Rhinehalt, Senator

Senior | Political Science
Joined: November 15th, 2021

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

– Cody Johnson

Maddox Addy, Critic

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

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

– Søren Kierkegaard

Andrew Forbes, Senator

Junior | 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

Dillon Page, Ambassador to the United Kingdom; the Italian Republic

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

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

– Satoru Gojo

Zenith Jarrett, Senator

Junior | 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

Senior | 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

Senior | 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

Senior | 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

Sophomore | 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

Sophomore | Philosophy and Economics
Joined: February 19th, 2024

Isabel Ebin, Phi Speaker

Sophomore | Music and Economics
Joined: February 26th, 2024

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

– Benjamin Disraeli, probably

Neah Trempé, Sergeant-at-Arms

Sophomore | 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

Sophomore | Economics
Joined: March 4th, 2024

William “Stormy” Epley, Sergeant-At-Arms (for the Philanthropic Society)

Senior | 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