CLASSU’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 2019. Read more about the current senate below.

 Senate of the Classics Students’ Union Summer 2019
President: Irum Chorghay

Vice-President: Sydney Miller             
Executives: Hannah McCarthy, Camille Richter, Jacqueline Viner

Senate Biographies

Irum Chorghay, President

Irum (she/her) is a fourth 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, CLA319, CLA362, LAT101-202, LAT342, LAT353, LAT430, GRK101-201

Sydney Miller, Vice-President

Sydney (she/her) is in her fourth year at Innis College (yes, we do exist) studying Classical Civilization and Archaeology. She’s a Hellenist who, thanks to a brilliant instructor, 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. When she’s not talking about Classics it’s probably something related to whatever tv show she is watching at the moment (always open to Netflix recommendations)! If she is not drowning in midterms/finals, she can probably be found exploring the city with her friends or killing time in the ROM.
Classics courses she’s taken: CLA160, CLA260, CLA203, CLA219, CLA230, CLA232, CLA204, CLA233, CLA319, CLA322, CLA362, CLA388


Hannah McCarthy

Hannah (she/her) is a fourth-year student at New College, majoring in Classical Civilizations with minors in Drama 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

Camille Richter

Camille (she/her) is in her first year at Victoria College, and is currently planning on studying Classical Civilizations and Archaeology. Camille’s not quite sure what her Classics niche is yet, but thinks that material culture and sexuality in antiquity sounds really neat! She has a deep and fervent love for museums, and can be found taking full advantage of the free admission for students at the ROM every Tuesday. Her interests include historical costuming, calligraphy, and spending too much money on fancy stationery supplies.
Classics courses she’s taken: CLA160 

Jacqueline Viner

Jacqueline (she/her) is a third 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 install 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 Senate Members


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 

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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