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, Logan Grodsky, 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.



Valerie Calvo, Joint Senate President

Junior | Physics and English
Joined: October 15th, 2018

“When people talk, listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen.”

– Ernest Hemingway

AJ Moore, Senator

Senior | Spanish Literature and Culture
Joined: December 3rd, 2018 

“But the main thing he sees is that the whole system of the world is built on a lie. And although it’s as plain as the shining sun—the don’t-knows have lived with that lie so long they just can’t see it.”

– Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Anna Fiore, President Emeritus

Senior | Peace, War, and Defense and Philosophy
Joined: March 18th, 2019

“Who do you think you are? I am!”

-Pete Weber

Marie Leighton McCall, Senator

Senior | Asian Studies
Joined: April 1st, 2019

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

-Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Jacob Woody, Senator

Senior | Economics 
Joined: November 4, 2019

“We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose.”

-Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Holly Michelle Atkinson, Senator 

Senior | Advertising, Psychology, and Studio Art
Joined: November 11, 2019

“Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in a good society holds exactly the same opinions. ” 

– Oscar Wilde

Andrew Richards, Senator  

Senior | Computer Science and Philosophy
Joined: November 18, 2019

“As soon as there’s a ‘love triangle’ I am bored”

– Logan Grodsky

Evans Orcel, Senator 

Senior | Information Science and Computer Science
Joined: February 3rd, 2020

“You’re my everything, Evans” 

– Senator Lïndbêgērkër

Joy Aikens, President Emeritus

Senior | Computer Science, Public Policy and Classical Humanities
Joined: February 17th, 2020

“Sweet is it, sweet is it to sleep in the coolness of snug unawareness.”

– Gwendolyn Brooks

Reynaldo Reyes-Arroyo, Senator 

Senior | Peace, War, and Defense and History
Joined: October 6th, 2020

Senator Barta

Jessica Barta, Senator 

Junior | Psychology
Joined: October 15th, 2020

“How did I get here?”

– Desmond the Moon Bear

Sam Robinson, Senator 

Sophomore | Philosophy and Political Science
Joined: April 20, 2021

“In Chapel Hill among a friendly folk, this old university, the first state university to open its doors, stands on a hill set in the midst of beautiful forests under the skies that give their color and their charm to the life of youth gathered here . . . there is music in the air of the place.”

– Frank Porter Graham

Justin Hall, President Emeritus 

Senior | Political Science
Joined: April 20, 2021


“Conkling was elected in January 1867 a U.S. Senator from New York, and re-elected in 1873 and 1879, served from March 4, 1867 to May 16, 1881.”

– Wikipedia Article on Roscoe Conkling

Deniz Erdal, Senator

First year | Contemporary European Studies and Information Science
Joined: September 27, 2021


“Ed Markey’s desk was thrown out into the hall by the statehouse bosses… Markey’s bill is now the law.”

– Ed Markey for Congress Campaign Ad

Lillian Manning, Senator 

Sophomore | Computer Science and Studio Art
Joined: October 4, 2021


“I love this. You will love this.”

– Joseph Cornell

Jasmine Werry, Senator 

First year | Philosophy and Chemistry
Joined: October 18, 2021

“Without signs there is no ideology.”

– Valentin Nikolaevich Voloshinov

Logan Grodsky, Di President

First year | Public Policy
Joined: October 18, 2021

“We come here  . . .to honor the past, and in that honor, render more secure the present.”

– President J. Calvin Coolidge

Jackson Meade, Critic 

Sophomore | Computer Science and Political Science
Joined: November 8, 2021

“Two seals are sitting in a bathtub full of waaaaaarm crisco….”

– Actress on the set of Twilight: Breaking Dawn

Nathaniel Shue, Clerk 

First year | Public Policy
Joined: November 8, 2021

“You all look great. The end of the Republic has never looked better.”

– President Barack Obama

Maddux Vernon, Historian 

First year | Political Science & Peace, War, and Defense
Joined: November 15, 2021

“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

– V

Matthew Tweden, Senator 

First year | Public Policy & Peace, War, and Defense
Joined: November 17, 2021

“The higher our standards, the greater our progress, the more we can do for the world.”

President J. Calvin Coolidge

Erica Boey Yyng Shan, Senator 

Sophomore | Advertising & PR and Political Science
Joined: November 17, 2021

“Ditch your boyfriend and date me, I’ll be your best Boey.”

Alex Jin, Senator 

Senior | Philosophy & History
Joined: February 21, 2022

“In 1273 at the Dominican convent of Naples in the chapel of Saint Nicholas, after Matins, Thomas lingered and was seen by the sacristan Domenic of Caserta to be levitating in prayer with tears before an icon of the crucified Christ. Christ said to Thomas, ‘You have written well of me, Thomas. What reward would you have for your labor?’ Thomas responded, ‘Nothing but you, Lord.'”

Wikipedia article on Thomas Aquinas

Anna Crist, Treasurer

First year | Biology
Joined: February 28th, 2022

“None but those who have experienced them can conceive of the enticements of science. In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you, but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder.”

– Mary Shelley

Callie Stevens, Senator

Joined: April 11th, 2022

Bruce McRae, Senator

First year | Music
Joined: April 2oth, 2022

“You would not find out the boundaries of the soul, even by travelling along every path: so deep a measure does it have”

– Heraclitus