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. Acting 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

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

Marie Thorn, President Emerita

Junior | History and Peace, War, & Defense
Joined: November 1st, 2021

“If one is fortunate, those paths will for a time join. But if paths separate, it is comforting to know that a friend still graces the universe with his skills, and his viewpoint, and his present. For if one is remembered by a friend, one is never truly gone.”

– Mitth’raw’nuruodo Kivu’raw’nuru

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

“Like Barack Obama, I have been seduced by long legged socialists.” 

– Unnamed Senator

Maddox Addy, Acting 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, Treasurer

Sophomore | Public Policy and Political Science
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

“We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve been all raised by television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars. But we won’t, and we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very very pissed off.”

– Tyler Durden

Dillon Page, Historian

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

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”

– Edgar Allan Poe

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