Senate

At its full capacity throughout the Fall/Winter school year, CLASSU’s Senate is served by eleven executives. The majority of these executives are elected in September, and work throughout the year to enrich the academic and social lives of Classics students at the university.

During the summer, however, CLASSU is attended by a reduced Senate of five. These include the President, Vice-President, and three executives who are elected in March/April and fulfill summer duties before being joined by the rest of the executive team in Fall.

The next election, which will select the Summer Senate, will be held in March 2021.

For more information about the current Fall Senate team, as well as a list of past senates and their members, read below.


2020-2021 Fall Senate

Sydney Miller, President

Sydney (she/her) is in her fifth year at Innis College (yes, we do exist) studying Classical Civilization and Archaeology. She’s a Hellenist who particularly enjoys studying gender and sexuality through the lens of theory. Hit her up with some Sapphic talk and she’ll probably want to become best friends. If she is not drowning in midterms/finals, she can probably be found exploring the city with her friends, killing time in the ROM, or hanging out at home with her two cats.
Classics courses she’s taken: CLA160, CLA260, CLA203, CLA219, CLA230, CLA232, CLA204, CLA233, CLA210, CLA319, CLA322, CLA362, CLA382, CLA388.

Sarah Ann Florio, Vice-President

Sarah Ann (she/her) is in her second year at Victoria College, studying Latin, Classical Civilizations, and English. She is a sucker for Augustan poetry, and hopes to become a Latin teacher one day so she can talk about Ablative Absolutes without people running away. In her spare time, Sarah Ann can be found writing songs about Ancient Rome, struggling through Latin translations, or watching Ratatouille once a week. She is also an enthusiastic (and extremely mediocre) tap dancer and accordion player, and an avid fan of 80s Italian Disco Pop (just ask anyone who’s ever been in LI009 with her). If someone could please explain the difference between a gerund and a gerundive to her, she’d greatly appreciate it.
Classics courses she’s taken: LAT101, LAT102, LAT201, GRK101, CLA160,CLA201, CLA231, CLA210, CLA368

Karuna Sinha, Secretary

Karuna (she/her) is in her second year at Woodsworth College studying Latin, Classical Civilizations, and Education. She is particularly interested in depictions of women and power in Roman literature, especially in the Golden Age, and will happily talk about the agency of women in Livy to anyone who is willing to listen. When she’s not color-coding her planner or drowning in schoolwork, Karuna can be found making niche Spotify playlists, baking up a storm, or buying FAR too much stationery with which to write letters. Her hobbies include organizing her Google Drive, embroidering, and dreaming about the cats she’ll adopt one day.
Classics courses she’s taken: LAT201, LAT202, GRK101, CLA160, CLA204, CLA210, CLA219, CLA231, CLA236.

Hannah McCarthy, Treasurer

Hannah (she/her) is a fifth-year student at New College, majoring in Classical Civilizations and English. She is particularly interested in the Julio-Claudian Empire and the women in that complicated family (justice for Julia the Elder!), and funerary inscriptions. Although Roman history is her favourite area of Classical study, Hannah loves Greek tragedy and has devoted quite a lot of time to writing passionate defences for the female ‘villains’ (Clytemnestra did nothing wrong). Hannah loves science fiction and will happily talk your ear off about Alien and Star Wars—you’ve been warned. You can find Hannah studying at Lillian Massey or Pratt Library, rummaging through used bookstores, or at your local pop culture convention.
Classics courses she’s taken: CLA160, CLA232, CLA219, CLA260, CLA233, CLA236, CLA308, CLA362, CLA367, CLA387, CLA322, CLA368, CLA382, CLA310, CLA319, CLA402.

John Liao, 2nd Year Representative

John (he/him) is a second year at Trinity College studying Classics, Classical Civilization, and Art History. An ardent Romanist and aspiring social historian with an affinity for the ordinary, John enjoys perusing ancient clothing, altars, and shady Roman backstreets in an exploration of daily life and thought. When not translating (and failing to make) weird Roman recipes or trying to figure out why they thought a public toilet sponge would be a good idea, he can be found enthusing over fountain pens, exploring the city streets at night, and insisting that argyle is the best sock pattern. He can also be found practically camping in the ROM and/or AGO, yelling about Impressionism or modern representations of the classical world.
Classics courses he’s taken: CLA160, CLA210, CLA231, CLA236, LAT101, LAT102, GRK101, GRK102.

Valen Trofimova, 1st Year Representative

Valen (he/him) is in his first year at New College studying Classical Civilizations, Ancient Greek, and Linguistics. He enjoys learning new languages and spending time with loved ones. While he’s not busy eating dirt as his would-be murderer tries to bury him alive, he enjoys drawing, listening to music, and drinking tea. He can be found in peculiar locations in parks napping or cuddling with his cat at home.
Classics courses he’s taking: GRK101, GRK102, CLA160

Jessika Dupuis

Jessika (she/her) is in her fourth year at New College, with majors in Classics, Classical Civilization, and a minor in Philosophy. She enjoys Latin literature and Greek history and pondering the meaning of life. While she isn’t having an existential crisis, she loves doing puzzles, watching movies and trying to cook!
Classics courses she’s taken: LAT201, LAT202, GRK101, GRK102, CLA260, CLA230, CLA233, CLA319, CLA362.

Leah Schweitzer Gukathasan

Leah (she/her) is a fourth year student majoring in Classical Civilizations and Classics, with a minor in Anthropology. She loves anything extinct, whether they’re ancient civilizations or bipedal apes. When it comes to Classics, Leah is particularly interested in material culture, and also literature, and also history… she’s very passionate, but very indecisive. She can often be found talking about the Tomb of Eurysaces the Baker, her favourite Roman coin (RRC 508/3!), or her love for the passive periphrastic. In her spare time, Leah thoroughly enjoys digging in the dirt (also known as participating in archaeological excavations), talking about her dogs, and organizing her crystal collection. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Lysistrata – she won’t stop.
Classics courses she’s taken: CLA160, CLA204, CLA231, CLA232, CLA233, CLA236, CLA260, CLA308, CLA319, CLA322, CLA362, CLA368, CLA388, LAT101, LAT102, LAT201, LAT202, GRK101, GRK102.

Sheena McKeever

Sheena McKeever (she/her) is in her second year at Trinity College, studying Classics and Art History. She is particularly interested in Roman poetry and enjoys nothing more than writing a close reading of Lucretius or Virgil and will spend hours on etymology and perfecting footnotes. In the Art History faculty she enjoys a plethora of art movements and periods from High Classical art to Modern Realism – some favourites include Gustave Dore, Peter Paul Rubens, Francisco Goya, and Ilya Repin (the list goes on, of course). In her free time she listens to an absurd amount of jazz and checks out the record shops and vintage book stores at any chance she gets.
Classics courses she’s taken: CLA160, GRK101, GRK102, LAT101, LAT102, LAT201, LAT202.

Silas Sobeck

Meet Silas (they/them), a fourth year student studying Classical Civilizations, English, and American Studies at Victoria College. They’re a buffudled Hellenist with more questions than answers, and they absolutely refuse to make peace with this fact. At a party, you’re likely to catch them covertly googling all the menu item and trying to figure out if a particularly inspired Athenian could have made those spinach puffs (almost, but no – spinach was a later import) or devilled eggs (yes, but why would they want to?). Theoretical hors d’oeuvres aside, Silas loves to take a little economic theory with their history, and would totally swoon if you brought up trade routes or labour distribution. When they aren’t in Zoom School, they’re probably fussing over their houseplants, baking savoury breads, or planning elaborate craft nights with their roommates.
Classes taken: CLA160, CLA204, CLA233, CLA260, CLA303, CLA308, CLA319, CLA363, LAT101, LAT102, GRK101.

Jacqueline Viner, Tiktok Ambassador

Jacqueline (she/her) is a fourth year student studying Classical Civilization and Criminology (yes, she knows it’s a weird combination but she has decided to roll with it). Jacqueline is a Hellenist who loves classical literature in—and she can’t stress this enough—translation. She has a deep affinity for Homer and will never hesitate to share her “hot-takes” (i.e. unsubstantiated claims) on the Odyssey. Athena, her favourite goddess, has helped instil in Jacqueline a desire for wisdom and justice, but most importantly the ability to seamlessly weave Vine references into any conversation (it’s a weaving joke!). As you could have predicted by her last name, she has bookmarked countless “greek gods as vines” compilations on Youtube and has been waiting for someone to ask her about them.
Classics courses she’s taken: CLA160, CLA232, CLA204, CLA260, CLA201, CLA319, CLA386.


Past Senates

Below, you will find a neat compendium of all the senates of years gone by.

2020-2021
President: Sydney Miller
Vice-President: Sarah Ann Florio
Treasurer: Hannah McCarthy
Secretary: Karuna Sinha
Senators: John Liao, Valen Trofimova, Jessika Dupuis, Leah Schweitzer Gukathasan, Sheena McKeever, Silas Sobeck, Jacqueline Viner

2019-2020
President: Irum Chorghay
Vice-President: Sydney Miller
Treasurer: Hannah McCarthy
Secretary: Camille Richter
Senators: Michias Bahlbi, Sarah Ann Florio, Leah Schweitzer Gukathasan, John Liao, Sarah Nathanson, Eli dos Santos, Jacqueline Viner

2018-2019
President: Laura Harris
Vice-President: Irum Chorghay
Treasurer: Patricia Salata
Secretary: Michias Bahlbi
Senators:  Leah Schweitzer Gukathasan, Kenneth Kim, Sydney Miller, Sarah Natale, Paul Nunez, Camille Richter, Elise Sintim-Aboagye, Erica Venturo 

2017-2018
President: Samantha Mazzilli
Vice-President: Laura Harris
Treasurer: Elizabeth Colonna
Secretary: Michias Bahlbi
Senators:  Genevieve Crispin-Frei, Ellie Morum, Paul Nunez, Allison Suba,  Felipe Vallejo, Seraphina Vasilodimitrakis-Hart, and Julia Wyganowski

2016-2017
President: Willem Crispin-Frei
Vice-President: Samantha Mazzilli
Treasurer: Toby Keymer
Secretary: Elizabeth Colonna
Senators: Sophia Alkhoury, Gabriel Calderon, Laura Harris, Annabelle Kolomeisky, Samantha Odrowaz-Sekely, Allison Suba, and Felipe Vallejo
Summer Senator: Hadley Staite

2015-2016
President: Taylor Stark
Vice-President: Willem Crispin-Frei
Treasurer: Hana Carozza
Secretary: Toby Keymer
Social Co-Ordinator: Hadley Staite
Senators: Elizabeth Colonna, Samantha Mazzilli, Victoria Prepelita, Felipe Vallejo, Seraphina Vasilodimitrakis-Hart, and Michal Zabinski

2014-2015
President: Taylor Stark
Vice-President: Willem Crispin-Frei
Treasurer: Michal Zabinski
Student Affairs Co-Ordinator: Nuard Tadevosyan
Secretary: Toby Keymer
Senators: Hana Carozza, Mitch Cram, Samantha Mazzilli, Max Peers, Hadley Staite, and Alexandra Yao

2013-2014 *
President: Maya Chakravorty
Vice-President: Willem Crispin-Frei
Treasurer: Chris Hogendoorn
Student Affairs Co-Ordinator: Gill Scott
Secretary: Taylor Stark
Senators: Aidan Flynn, Toby Keymer, Jeffrey Schulman, Hadley Staite, Nuard Tadevosyan, and Helen Thomas

*Known as the Association of Classics Students until 27 March 2014.