Meet the Staff of Discentes
Editor In Chief
Mati Davis is a senior in the College of Arts and Science studying Classical Studies with a minor in Computer Science. In addition to Discentes, Mati works at the Kislak Center for Rare Books and Manuscripts and is involved with the Philomathean Society and ΗΣΦ, Penn’s Classical Studies honor society. Originally from Los Angeles, he enjoys playing the piano and learning new languages.
Spencer Landis (Lead Copy Editor) is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Classical Studies with minors in psychology and religious studies. He is originally from a small town outside of Harrisburg, PA, called Camp Hill. At Penn, Spencer works at the Marks Family Writing Center and is involved with the Penn Undergraduate Law Journal and the Classics Honors Society (ΗΣΦ).
Saffiya (Saffy) Bashey is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology and Classical Studies. In addition to Discentes, she does clinical research at Penn Medicine and is a member of Penn MERT. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she enjoys running, baking, and playing piano in her free time.
Alexander (Sasha) Morledge is a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Health & Societies and Classical Studies. In addition, he is in the Pre-Medicine track hoping to pursue clinical research. He is originally from Point Lookout, NY on Long Island. Outside of Discentes, he is an avid tennis and squash player — playing for Penn’s Club Squash team in the winters.
James Nycz (Lead Research Editor) is a senior double majoring in Political Science and Classical Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. His research interests include ancient economics and Roman wage labor. Additionally, he recently studied Republican Roman politics at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. James loves to cook and plays guitar in his free time.
Christina Recto (Lead Research Editor) is a senior from Irvine, California, studying Biological Basis of Behavior and Classical Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. On campus, she enjoys working at the Marks Family Writing Center and in a developmental psychology lab and volunteering through Penn Reading Initiative. In her free time, Christina likes to cook and go on walks while listening to some good music.
Millie Huang is a junior (C’22) from Vancouver, Canada studying Neuroscience and Classics. She is interested in how brain research may deepen our understanding of human values and moral judgment. She works at Neuroethics Canada and is involved in the Penn Bioethics Journal. Outside of uni, Millie is excited about sumi painting, Herman Miller furniture, and winter (skiing and hot cocoa!).
Brandon Block is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in Biology and Classical Studies. In addition to Discentes, Brandon is a research assistant at the Perelman School of Medicine, and he will be attending medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai following graduation. Originally from Manalapan, New Jersey, he enjoys running,
cooking, and taking spin classes in his free time.
Olivia Lee is a freshman from northwest Indiana and is majoring in Classical Studies with a concentration in languages and literature. In addition to Discentes, she’s also on the board of the Social Deduction Club. In her free time, she loves to read, play cards, and go on hikes.
Cate Simons (Lead Translation Editor) is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is majoring in Classical Studies with a concentration in languages and literature and minoring in Fine Arts. She serves as president of Penn’s Classics Board and vice-president of Eta Sigma Phi, Penn’s classics honor society. She is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and in her free time, she enjoys painting and spending time with her dog.
Sara Albert is a junior from NYC double majoring in neuroscience and linguistics and minoring in chemistry. Aside from Discentes, Sara is a member of the Shabbatones, Penn’s Jewish a cappella group, and Phi Sigma Biological Research Honors Society.
Sara Chopra (Lead Articles Editor) is a junior from Princeton, NJ studying Classical Studies, Consumer Psychology, and Ancient History. Within the Classical Studies department, she also serves on the board of Eta Sigma Phi. Her academic interests include Latin literature, particularly poetry and satire, as well as classical reception. Beyond classics, Sara is on the board of MUSE and a member of Bloomers Comedy.
Alicia Lopez is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Classics and English. In addition to Discentes, she is on the Penn Classics Board and the UTB staff. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, she enjoys reading and writing in her free time.
Olivia Wells is a junior majoring in Classics with a concentration in Mediterranean Archaeology and minoring in History and French. She is a member of Classics Board and Penn Dems. She is originally from Philadelphia and in her free time loves cooking and knitting.
Margaret Dunn is a sophomore from Pelham, NY double majoring in Classics and English in the College. Outside of academia she is a part of Penn Dems, West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, and PennPals. In her free time she enjoys cooking, running, and reading.
Cecelia Heintzelman (Lead Events Editor) is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Ancient History and History of Art, with a minor in Global Medieval Studies. She is originally from Collingswood, NJ. At Penn, she works as a Curatorial Assistant in the Mediterranean Section at the Penn Museum. She spends her free time dancing for Penn Latin and Ballroom Dance.
Elizabeth Vo-Phami is a junior from San Bruno, California double majoring in Classics and Cognitive Science (College ’22). Her research interests include computational archaeology as well as slavery and social mobility in Greek and Roman antiquity. As head TA for CIS 105 (python and data science) and Chair of Outreach on the Penn Classics Board, Elizabeth is passionate about computer science and classics education and outreach. Outside of academia, Elizabeth is the principal harpist of the Penn Symphony Orchestra and plays in the drumline of the Penn Band.
Jinna Han (Lead Web Editor) is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Mathematical Economics with minors in Classical Studies and Actuarial Mathematics. In addition to Discentes, she is a member of PGN and Penn Association for Women in Mathematics. Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, she enjoys longboarding and playing music in her free time.
Lily Nesvold is a sophomore from New York, New York, double majoring in Classical Studies and Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to Discentes, she is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, an event coordinator for the Undergraduate Economics Society, and a horseback rider on the Penn Equestrian Team. In her free time, she enjoys running and listening to music.