29571290_2038261129723011_6853117329709085415_nCLASSU’s Senate has eleven positions. Five members (President, Vice-President, and three executives) serve a one year term beginning in March/April and are on both the Summer Senate and Full Senate. Six more executives are elected in September and serve until the following March/April. The portfolios of Treasurer and Secretary are assigned by a general vote in September to already elected Executives. The next election will be in September 2018. Read more about the current senate below (Links take you further down the page).

Summer Senate of the Classics Students’ Union 2018
President: Laura Harris
Vice-President: Irum Chorghay
Executives: Patricia Salata, Elise Sintim-Aboagye, Erica Venturo

Senate Biographies
Laura Harris, President


Laura is in her fourth year at Victoria College double majoring in her double obsession: Classics and Classical Civilizations. This is her second year on CLASSU.  Laura’s main Classical interests are women in the ancient world, social and cultural history, and literature, particularly poetry and drama, but she can get excited about pretty much anything in the Classical world. She is in her eighth year of Latin and is struggling through Greek 300. She likes to spend her summers looking at pottery at archaeological digs in Italy. When not translating or annoying people with the latest book she’s reading, she can be found learning ballet and historical dance, admiring her cats, or organizing books either at home or at EJ Pratt library.

Classics courses she’s taken: CLA 230, CLA231, CLA232, CLA260, CLA303, CLA310, CLA364, CLA368, CLA382; GRK101, GRK102, GRK201, GRK202, GRK351; LAT342, LAT343, LAT350, LAT351, LAT428.

Irum Chorghay, Vice-President

Irum is a third year student within the departments of Classics and Philosophy, happy to have stumbled upon the cake and tea flavoured comforts of CLASSU. Keen to achieve some level of existential enlightenment via the Undergraduate Experience™, Irum can often be found at Lillian Massey sipping on coffee (she is a strikingly slow drinker) and pondering the never-ending mysteries of reconstructing daily life in the Greco-Roman world. Sometimes this means considering flouncy-skirted and bare-breasted Minoan women. Other times it is observing the complexities of sexuality in classical Athens. And still at another moment, it is revisiting some good ol’ Catullus for a quick chuckle. Just as the intricacies of classical antiquity are infinite, so are her interests in the field, and she always holds her mind open for a new and puzzling conversation!

Classics courses she’s taken: CLA160, CLA260, CLA232, CLA308, CLA362, LAT101-202, LAT353, GRK101-102.


Patricia Salata

Patricia is completing her final year as a St. Michael’s College student doing an Archaeology major and a double-minor in Classical Civilizations and Near-Middle Eastern Civilizations. Her interests in the oh so magnificent Classical world focus on social and cultural history, and art (Red-figure pottery 4 life). After doing a workshop in Bulgaria on conservation of Ancient Greek pottery she has discovered she does not want to be the next Indiana Jones, but to be a part of the preservation and restoration of material of the ancient world. When she’s not in class, you’ll probably find her in the lounge aggressively playing UNO with friends or crying in Robarts. #CampHalfblood4ever

Classics courses taken: CLA 160, CLA 231, CLA 232, CLA 260, CLA 373, CLA 387, GRK 101, GRK 102, FAH 207, FAH 303.

Elise Sintim-Aboagye

Elise is in her 5th year at UofT pursuing double majors in Classics and Cell & Molecular Biology. It would seem like she just can’t get enough of this place. While she is enthralled with all things science, she has and will always have a strong fascination with Greek, Latin, and the ancient world. Therefore, medicine in Antiquity is her perfect niche. When she isn’t translating or writing lab reports, you can typically find her in the CLASSU lounge quoting vines and memes, colouring, or engrossed in a rousing game of UNO. Her other interests include playing guitar, reading crime novels, meeting new people, and hanging out with friends. She takes her tea with two milks and one sugar.

Classics courses she’s taken : CLA160, CLA260, CLA204, CLA201, LAT201, LAT202, LAT341, LAT350, LAT430, LAT443, GRK101, GRK102, GRK201, GRK202, GRK341.

Erica Venturo

Erica is a fourth-year Classical Civilizations Major, with a Double Minor in History and Political Science. This is Erica’s first year on the CLASSU senate, even though she spent most of last year procrastinating on her work by attending CLASSU events and relaxing in the CLASSU lounge. In the summer, Erica likes to dress up like Indiana Jones and work on archaeological projects in Greece and Rome to find the lost bust of Emperor Commodus (or at least a Roman
coin). She is most interested in Greek mythology, Roman numismatics and Late Roman settlement patterns. She enjoys curling up on the couch with a hot chocolate and Ovid’s Tristia on a cold winter day. In her free time, she enjoys completing jigsaw puzzles in record time, destroying the competition in Uno, and nerding out over the DCTV shows.

Classics courses she’s taken: CLA160, CLA204, CLA230, CLA231, CLA232, CLA233, CLA260, CLA336, CLA364, CLA386, CLA389; LAT101, LAT102, LAT201, LAT202.

Past Senate Members

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

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

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

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

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

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