Keep up with the Phi Kappa's upcoming events, results, and other Society news.
Find your voice at UGA's Home of Controversy. Every Thursday at 7 pm.
Congratulations to our Fall 2017 Officers!
President: Sister Glenn Jacoby
First Assistant: Brother Kevin Jones
Second Assistant: Brother Austin Hattori
Chief Justice: Sister Jess Brown
Clerk: Sister Liz Woodard
Clavinger: Brother Bradley Rowan
Treasurer: Brother Ben Jones
Alumni Secretary: Sister Victoria Wright
Historian: SIster Sara McCracken
Webmaster: Sister Halle Brooke Hammond
Special elections will be held for the offices of Associate Justice and Censor.
Thank you to all who served in Spring of 2017 and who volunteered their service for Fall of 2017
Congratulations to Larson-Gerson Award WInner Sister Liz Woodard &
Honorable Brother Dr. Frank Harrison Award Winner Brother Richard Banton!
Both the Larson-Gerson and Brother Dr. Frank Harrison Award winners are named by the President to the active and alumnus/alumna who contributed to the successes of the semester.
The phi kappa society would like to say thank you to all who came to a debate or event this semester. Awards will be announced at the spring banquet on april 22nd, 2017. Good luck to all at elections on april 20th, and we will see you all for more lively debate and oration in the fall! To order!
Come one, come all to the annual presentation of the
Phi Kappa Society Stephens' Declamations!
Participants will speak on one (1) of the following topics, and for resolutions, participants can choose to affirm or negate resolutions, as well as to agree or disagree with the quotations. Best of luck, and winners will be announced at the Spring Banquet on April 22nd, 2017.
- "There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein
- "We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced." - Malala Yousafzai
- "What is to give light must endure burning." - Viktor Frankl
- BIHR: Healthcare is a human right.
- BIHR: Personal connections give life meaning.
- BIHR: Outside intervention is necessary to maintain safety.
Please come out on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 for our annual Freshman Impromptu COmpetition!
Competing this year:
- Sister Jess Brown
- Brother Kevin Jones
- Sister Sara McCracken
- Brother Ben Jones
- Sister Jenny Gallucci
- Brother Bradley Rowan
- Brother Frederick King
The winners of the Freshman Impromptu Competition will be announced at the Spring Banquet on April 22nd, 2017.
Debate: 3/30/2017: BIHR: The meaning of art is determined by the artist. The First Affirmation will be provided by Brother Stephen Moore. The First Negation will be provided by Brother Kevin Jones. Resolution failed.
Please join us in the Brother Hatton-Lovejoy Court Room in the UGA School of Law for the annual Inter-Society Debate.
we will debate the resolution
Be it hereby resolved: The continuation of agricultural subsidies is irresponsible.
Hosted by the judicial council of the phi kappa literary society
Debate: 3/16/2017: BIHR: Feminists should support a person's right to an abortion. The First Affirmation will be provided by Halle Brooke Hammond. The First Negation will be provided by Sister Jess Brown. Resolution passed unanimously.
Debate: 3/2/2017: BIHR: The ban on CIA back site prisons should be lifted. The First Affirmation speaker will be provided by Sister Glenn Jacoby, and the First Negation will be provided by Brother Stephen Moore. Resolution failed.
Debate: 2/23/2017: BIHR:The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should prioritize the needs of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe over the economic benefits of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The First Affirmation speaker will be provided by Brother Kevin Jones, and the First Negation will be provided by Sister Sara McCracken. Resolution failed.
Debate: 2/16/2017: BIHR: Prenuptial Agreements Should Be Mandatory. The First Affirmation will be provided by Sister Halle Hammond, and the First Negation will be provided by Sister Jessie Pagan. Resolution passed.
Debate: 2/9/2017: BIHR: The U.S. Should Withdraw from NATO. The First Affirmation speaker will be provided by Brother Ben Jones, and the First Negation will be provided by Sister Glenn Jacoby. Resolution failed.
Debate: 1/12/2017: BIHR: The NFL is harmful to football players. The First Affirmation speaker will be provided by Sister Sara McCracken, and the First Negation will be provided by Brother Bradley Rowan. Resolution passed.
Debate: 1/5/2017: BIHR: Social Media websites have a responsibility to label fake news. The First Affirmation will be provided by Halle Brooke Hammond and the First Negation will be provided by Sister Jessie Pagan. Resolution failed.
Come one, come all to the 197th Anniversary Meeting of the
Phi Kappa Literary Society, established in 1820, on February 18th!
We would love to see as many of our esteemed alumni in the hall as possible. Our active members are excited to meet everyone and engage in spirited debate. We will be having croquet on the lawn at 11 AM as well as light refreshments, and we will gavel in at high noon!
The debate for this year is BIHR: Public protests hinder progress. We will also be doing Creative Writings & Orations, and if you are interested in presenting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and title of the writing or oration. We can't wait to see you all soon. Resolution failed.
Please join the Phi Kappa Literary Society downtown at the
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March in downtown Athens on January 16th!
Debate: 1/12/2017: BIHR: Birth control should be available over-the-counter. The First Affirmation will be provided by Sister Katherine La Mantia. The First Negation will be provided by Sister Jess Brown. Resolution passed.
We would like to welcome all of our new members,
initiated in the Fall of 2016:
Sister Jess Brown, Class of 2020
Brother Kevin Jones, Class of 2020
Sister Sara McCracken, Class of 2020
Brother Ben Jones, Class of 2020
Brother Frederick King, Class of 2020
Sister Jenny Gallucci, Class of 2020
Brother Bradley Rowan, Class of 2019
Fall of 2016: A semester in summary
- We gained seven (7) new members under the leadership of Sister Glenn Jacoby as Chief Justice.
- Brother J.P. Hackney graduated a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia’s Law School.
- Sister Katherine La Mantia (’16) was hired as an editorial assistant at the UGA Press.
- The Society welcomed back Sister Melina Lewis (’14) and Brother Roger Grantham (’16) as they attended Law School at the University of Georgia.
- Sister President Halle Brooke Hammond was granted her Phi Kappa Speaker’s Key.
- Sister Rachel Worley was defended her dissertation to become Sister Dr. Rachel Worley.
- Brother Grant announced his Candidacy for his Ph.D.
- In August we hosted an Open Mic night for our poets and storytellers at Avid Bookshop. In addition, the UGA library premiered a showcase on UGA’s literary societies.
- In September, we hosted a Presidential Debate Viewing Party that was free and open to the public, in which we broadcasted the televised program, hosted students in the Miller Student Learning Center with refreshments and entertainment for the historical first debate between the 2016 presidential candidates.
- In October, We held a Voter Registration Drive prior to the Presidential Election of 2016. As certified registrars through the Board of Elections, members of the Phi Kappa Literary Society were able to provide students and members of the Athens-Clarke County community with changes of address, absentee ballots, and even first-time voter registration. We also decorated the hall to suit a Halloween party for the books!
- In November, We hosted the Hot Topics: Habanero Pepper Debate event to benefit First Book Athens, raising enough money to provide 36 books to children in the Athens-Clarke County community. We broke bread for our first annual Phi Kappa Friendsgiving, for which we are all thankful.
- In December, We welcomed our Spring 2017 officers to their positions, to be sworn in in January.
Congratulation to the winner of the Larson-Gerson Award:
Sister Glenn Anderson Jacoby, Chief Justice.
Each semester, the Larson-Gerson Award is given to a sibling who, in the eyes of the President, has made the greatest contribution to the success of that academic term. A Larson-Gerson Award winner contributes to the prosperity of the Society in both tangible and intangible ways.
Despite the contributions each and every sibling put forth, I am pleased to award the Larson-Gerson Award to the Sister Glenn Anderson Jacoby. Our Sister Jacoby is one of the most talented Chief Justices that I have been lucky enough to serve alongside. From her improvements to our petitioner Membership Test, to the Thursday afternoons she spends cooking and organizing guest refreshments, to her orchestration of the Intra-Society Debate and coaching the team of active members, Sister Jacoby is constantly occupied with her officer duties.
The Larson-Gerson winner should be a dutiful officer, but there is also a unique je ne sais quoi that they should possess. Flexibility, intuition, and enthusiasm are what separate a Larson-Gerson Award winner from the pack, and when in search of them, look no further than Sister Jacoby. She is a model member of Phi Kappa. She picks up slack whenever other officers are over encumbered. She offers valuable feedback to speakers and petitioners. She dives into new projects and new ideas, and is never hesitant to reach out to siblings and guests alike. She leads by example and is never afraid to ask questions. She represents the values of the Society and projects Phi Kappa’s vision with assertion and grace. Sister Jacoby’s contributions are woven in each success of the Fall 2016 semester.
Congratulations to the winner of the
Honorable Brother Dr. Frank Harrison Award,
Sister Katherine La Mantia, alumna, Class of 2016!
The Brother Dr. Frank Harrison Award is awarded to an alumnus or alumna who, by the determination of the President, has most contributed to the success of the academic term. This semester, many alumni provided invaluable insight, as well as their invaluable time to ensure that the Society prospered to such a great extent. The Phi Kappa Literary Society places a distinct emphasis on the life-long duration of our Siblinghood, and very rarely have I ever encountered an alumna who does not carry the values of a Phi Kappan with them each day.
Despite the myriad contributions made by several alumni, one alumna consistently acts as a guiding light to her active siblings. I am proud to award the Brother Dr. Frank Harrison Award to Sister Katherine Grace La Mantia, Class of 2016. Sister La Mantia graduated with a Bachelor’s of English and Comparative Literature, and she currently serves as Editorial Assistant at the prominent University of Georgia Press. This semester, Sister La Mantia served as a judge for the 2016 Intra-Society Debate and offered constructive feedback to the active team in preparation for the 2017 Inter-Society Debate. Her presence consistently contributed to the positive morale of the semester, and she has projected to old members, new members, and guests that Phi Kappa is for life and death.
Sister La Mantia offers her attendance regularly and donates her free time to the society in hours by the dozen. She supports and welcomes our newest siblings while offering a crystal clear example of what a Phi Kappan does. What separates Sister La Mantia is her ability to offer criticism that is truly constructive; very rarely does she ever point out a problem with out offering a potential solution or a helpful perspective. She regularly participates in discussions about debate resolutions and definitions of terms. She participates in debates, special programs, and special events. While she might not always be the loudest voice in the gallery, Sister La Mantia leads by example in her devout following of Robert’s Rules of Order, her dedication to self-improvement, and the way that she treats her fellow siblings. Sister La Mantia soothes active members with her presence, and her mild-naturedness is never impedes her ability to speak up when she sees injustices. She sticks to her guns and is a force to be reckoned with, especially with those who under-estimate her. Her resilience and dedication illustrate what it means to be a Phi Kappan.
Thank you for your dedication. You truly earn your title of Goddess Divine each day, and we are all proud to call you our Sister. Congratulations, Sister La Mantia!
Welcome, Sister Jess Brown & Brother Kevin Jones! The Phi Kappa Literary Society is honored to call you Sister & Brother!
Thank you to all members who contributed to the 2016 Voter REgistration Drive!
Phi Kappa Registered so many people to vote and provided dozens of
Absentee Ballots for UGA Students! Don't Forget to Vote & If you have
any other questions you can Visit My Voter Page!
Congratulations to our fall 2016 intra-society debate team!
Brother Ben Walker, Brother Kevin Jones, Sister Victoria Wright,
Sister Halle Brooke Hammond, and Sister Jess Brown!
Come out to Phi Kappa's Voter Registration Drive!
September 20th & 21st in Tate Plaza, all day long. Phi Kappa is not affiliated with any political party. Exercise your right!
Debate: 9/1/2016: BIHR: BDSM promotes feminism. First Affirmation will be provided by Sister Sarah Anne Owens, and First Negation will be provided by Brother Stephen Moore. Resolution Failed.
Debate: 8/25/2016: BIHR: Social Media hinders the growth of inter-personal relationships. Resolution Failed.
Welcome, Brother Frederick King! To Order!
are you trying to catch them all? Great news!
P h i K a p p a H a l l i s a P o k é S t o p !
Look out for Lures placed on the evenings of our weekly debates!
Debate: 8/18/2016: BIHR: The United States should legalize the recreational use of marijuana. First Affirmation will be provided by Brother Zach Garrison, and First Negation will be provided by Brother Phil Grant. Resolution Failed.
Debate 8/11/2016: BIHR: Georgia should abolish the death penalty. First Affirmation will be provided by Sister Liz Woodard, and First Negation will be provided by Sister Miranda Hermes. Resolution Passed.
happy birthday to our newly graduated Sister Katherine La Mantia. We hope you are feeling 22.
In addition, we would like to congratulate Sister Katherine La Mantia on her new job at the UGA Press. Good to keep you in Athens. To Order!
Thank you to all of the active members and alumni in attendance at our 2016 summer Meeting.
Debate 6/25/2016: BIHR: Monogamy is optimal for society. First Affirmation will be Sister Jess Pagan, and First Negation will be Sister Sarah Anne Owens. Resolution failed.
we are pleased to announce our fall 2016 Officers!
President: Sister Halle Brooke Hammond
First Assistant to the President: Brother Zach Garrison
Second Assistant to the President: Sister Victoria Wright
Chief Justice: Sister Glenn Jacoby
Associate Justices: Brother Seong Kim and Sister Liz Woodard
Clerk: Sister Sarah Anne Owens
Clavinger: Brother Stephen Moore
Treasurer: Brother Ben Walker
Censor: Brother Phil Grant
Webmaster: Sister Miranda Hermes
Alumni Secretary: Sister Jess Pagan
A special election will be held to determine the Fall 2016 Historian
Phi Kappa would like to Welcome Brother Stephen Moore into the Society! To Order!
Congratulations Brother J.P. Hackney for his completion of the Boston Marathon Earlier today! TO Order!
Congratulations to Associate Justice Sister Victoria Wright who was newly inaugurated to serve as a Student government association senator for the College of Agriculture
COngratulations to former president and current alumni secretary Brother phil grant who is officially a Ph.D candidate in education policy
Congratulations to Honorable Sister Dr. Bennet-Alexander, who earlier today won a nomination to be a delegate to the DNC to represent the Hillary Clinton Constituency of District 10 in Philadelphia this summer!
The 2016 Spring Banquet be held on April 30th at 6:00 pm at LRG Provisions
Actives and Alumni: If you intend on attending the banquet, please contact Sister Hammond in order to RSVP and to select your meal preferences.
Debate 4/21/2016: BIHR: The consumption of animal products is irresponsible. First Affirmation will be Sister Victoria Wright and First Negation will be Sister Sarah Anne Owens. Resolution passed.
Happy Birthday to Brother Franklin Gerson, the partial namesake of the Society's Larson-Gerson Award!
Phi Kappa will be holding the annual Stephens' Declamations competition on 4/14/2016! This competition is meant to showcase members' best speech of the year, so come ready to impress! the winner of stephen's declamations will be announced at the spring 2016 banquet.
Members may present a speech on the following alumni, resolutions, or quotations.
Sister Elizabeth Schuchs, Refounder; USAF JAG
Brother Eugene Robert Black Jr., former Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Brother Nathaniel E. Harris, 61st Governor of Georgia, Founder of Georgia Tech
- BIHR: The social institution of marriage is decreasing in cultural value.
- BIHR: The Equal Rights Amendment should be ratified.
- BIHR: A specialized education is best for society
"Wallowing in the past may be good literature. As wisdom, it's hopeless. Time Regained is Paradise Lost, and Time Lost is Paradise Regained. Let the dead bury their dead. If you want to live at every moment as it presents itself, you've got to die to every other moment." - Aldous Huxley, The Genius and the Goddess
"It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates." - Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
"A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know the world hadn’t ended." - Batman, The Dark Knight Rises
Phi Kappa's annual Freshman Impromptu competition will be held on 4/7/2016! All members inducted in Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016 will be competing by speaking extemporaneously on resolutions tailored to their skill sets and interests. The winner will be announced at the Spring 2016 banquet.
Debate 3/31/2016: BIHR: Abrahamic religions are violent religions. First Affirmation will be Sister Jess Pagan, and First Negation will be Brother Roger Grantham. Debates are held weekly on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM at Phi Kappa Hall. Resolution Failed.
Debate 2/25/2016: BIHR: Multi-level marketing bases should be banned. Join us as we discuss and debate the morality, legality, and practicality of pyramid schemes in American industry. Debates are held weekly on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM at Phi Kappa Hall. Resolution Failed.
The Inter-Society Debate will be held on 3/24/2016 in the Brother Hatton Lovejoy courtroom at the law school. Join us to discuss the fate of the Olympic Games with the rival society.
Debate 3/17/2016: BIHR: Cultural Appropriation is inherent to globalization. First Affirmation will be Sister Soundarya Kanthimathinathan, and First Negate will be Sister Sarah Anne Owens. Debates are held weekly on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM at Phi Kappa Hall. Resolution Passed.
Phi Kappa will be hosting a bake sale in Tate Plaza today, 3/14/2016!
Check out the Red & BLack's coverage of phi kappa's debate on Atticus Finch of To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman!
Debate 3/3/2016: BIHR: Atticus Finch has failed as a role model. First Affirmation will be Sister Amanda Hobby, and First Negation will be Sister Halle Brooke Hammond. Debates are held weekly on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM at Phi Kappa Hall. Resolution Failed.
Check out the Red & Black's coverage of Phi Kappa's debate on transgender representation!
Debate 2/18/2016: BIHR: Transgender characters should only be portrayed by transgender actors. Debates are held weekly on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM at Phi Kappa Hall. Resolution Failed.
Check out what the New York Times has to say about the GOP!
Debate 1/21/2016: BIHR: Georgia should repeal laws permitting the open carry of firearms. First Affirmation provided by Sr. Jacoby and First Negation provided by Br. Hattori. Resolution passed.
Debate 1/14/2016: BIHR: Businesses in the United States should be required to offer paid paternity leave to all full-time employees. Resolution passed.
Happy New Year from the Phi Kappa Literary Society family to yours!
We are pleased to announce our Spring 2016 officers are:
President: Sister Katherine La Mantia
First Assistant: Brother Austin Hattori
Second Assistant: Sister Halle Brooke Hammond
Chief Justice: Brother Ben Walker
Associate Justices: Brother Hunter Smith and Victoria Wright
Alumni Secretary: Brother Grant
Clerk: Sister Liz Woodard
Clavinger: Brother Tanner Woodsen
Historian: Sister Jess Pagan
Treasurer: Sister Soundarya Kanthi
Censor: Brother Clark Veazéy
Webmaster: Brother Zach Garrison
Check out the Red & Black's coverage of phi kappa's gerrymandering debate and guest speaker Former US Congressman John Barrow!
Debate 11/19/2015: BIHR: The United Nations is ineffectual. Resolution passed.
Debate 11/5/2015: BIHR: A non-partisan commission should be responsible for the re-districting of Georgia. First Affirmation speaker will be Sister Amanda Hobby, and First Negation speaker shall be Sister Victoria Wright. Former US Congressman John Barrow, Esq. will also be treating us to a special program. Resolution passed.
Congratulations to our highly esteemed faculty adviser, the Honorable Sister Dr. Bennett-Alexander, on receiving the 2015 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman award for excellence in teaching.
Debate 10/15/2015: BIHR: Humans should colonize Mars. First Affirmation will be provided by Brother Clark Veazéy and First Negation will be provided by Sister Jess Pagan. Resolution passed.
Debate 9/10/2015: BIHR: This House holds that suicide is morally permissible. First Affirmation speaker shall be Sister Halle Brooke Hammond and First Negation speaker shall be Brother Austin Hattori. Resolution failed.
Do you think the confederate flag is a symbol of terrorism? Here is what Brother Richard Banton Had to say for this Op-Ed Piece on the Red & Black!
we are pleased to announce our fall 2016 officers!
President: Brother Phil Grant
First Assistant: Sister Halle Brooke Hammond
Second Assistant: Brother Roger Grantham
Chief Justice: Brother Clark Veazéy
Associate Justices: Brother Ben Walker and Sister Sarah Anne Owens
Alumni Secretary: Brother Hunter Smith
Clerk: Brother Seong Kim
Clavinger: Brother Hunter Smith
Historian: Brother Austin Hattori
Treasurer: Sister Amanda Hobby
Censor: Sister Katherine La Mantia
Webmaster: Brother Andrew Plaskowsky