Freshman Council

Freshman Council acts as an entry-level organization within Student Government with an emphasis on leadership and community involvement. Members consist of a diverse selection of students who undergo a fairly rigorous interview and application process and are chosen to represent the freshman class in Student Government.

Throughout the year, the group meets weekly to discuss pressing issues at USC. FC gets a chance to work with other members of Student Government as well as other organizations and services at USC. Through the mentor-mentee system, each member on the council is paired with an upperclassman member of student government to assist throughout the course of the year.

The council is made up of several committees that work on various projects throughout the year. Each committee has a specific role in contributing to the success of the Freshman Council. Committees meet once a week and all are welcome to attend just like the regular FC meetings.

To learn more about Freshman Council or if you have any questions for us, please feel free to email us at:

All FC meetings are held on Thursdays at 4:45 p.m.

Taylor Bauman
Lakeville, Minnesota
Biomedical Engineering
Hello! I’m Taylor Bauman and I am from Lakeville, Minnesota. I am majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in political science and chemistry. In addition to Freshman Council, am also a part of the honors college and top scholar community, and I am involved with the Delta Zeta sorority and the Society of Women Engineers. I enjoy trying new things, spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, going to concerts, and watching Gamecock sports. I am honored to represent my freshmen class this year on Freshman Council and I look forward to serving the USC students and community throughout my next four years at this amazing school. Go Gamecocks!

Quadri Bell
Manning, South Carolina
Political Science and History
Hello all! My name is Quadri Bell and I proudly hail from Manning, South Carolina. In high school, I participated in several organizations at the local, state, and national level. When I am not doing school work, you can find me involved in anything political. Here at USC, I am majoring in both political science and history. I am so excited to make a difference in student government over the next four years!

Sophia Boden
Mason, Ohio
Exercise Science
Hey! My name is Sophia Boden and I am from Mason, Ohio. I am an exercise science major, minoring in chemistry, and studying on a pre physical therapy track. In addition to Freshman Council, I am a member of the honors college, Kappa Kappa Gamma and I’m involved in Young Life. I am so excited to serve on Freshman Council at the best university!

Sara Chan
Fairfax, VA
Business Undecided
Hi! I’m Sara Chan from Fairfax, VA. I am a business major, and I am also a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. I look forward to getting involved in campus through Freshman Council and making a positive impact on the Gamecock community!

Shannen Cloherty
Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Undecided Business
Hello, my name is Shannen Cloherty. I am from a small suburb outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was active in student government, sports and multiple other leadership positions in high school. This summer, I was granted the opportunity to participate in the Pillars for Carolina program, a Student Government run extended orientation program. From my extended mentors, I learned about Freshman Council and decided that it was a great introductory step into Student Government and a great way to dive in and be involved on campus as a freshman. I am involved with club swimming on campus, as well as several community service programs. I am a pre-law student, so I am involved with a lot of events revolving around that as well. I cannot wait for this upcoming year serving to represent the largest class in University history and making a lasting impact for the class of 2021. Go Gamecocks!

Hope Connell
Calvert County, MD
Sports and Entertainment Management
Hey y’all! My name is Hope Connell and I am from Calvert County Maryland. Here at USC I am studying sport and entertainment management, am a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, and also a member of the Women’s Rugby team. I look forward to see what we can accomplish this year as a collective. Go Cocks!

Peyton Deaver
Greenville, SC
International Business
I’m just here trying to figure out everything like everyone else, so if you find me on campus, stop me and let’s have a conversation!

Leah Erwin
Richmond, VA
Hey guys! My name is Leah Erwin and I’m from Richmond, VA. I intend to major in History and Anthropology with a minor in International Studies. I’m in the Student Services Committee and I’m also involved with Carolina Judicial Council, Capstone Scholars, and the Daily Gamecock. I can’t wait to get involved with student government this year!

Chase Floyd
Chapin, SC
Public Health
Hey y’all! My name is Chase Floyd, and I’m from the great city of Chapin, South Carolina. Currently, I’m studying Public Health and Political Science in the Honors College here at USC with the hope of attending medical school in the near future. Outside of Freshman Council, I am involved with Public Health Society, Phi Kappa Tau, and various political initiatives on campus, in Columbia, and across the state. As an avid Gamecock fan for over 18 years, I look forward to making this year the best it can be and advancing our university to unprecedented heights!

Connor Fraundorf
Atlanta, GA
International Business and Finance
Hey y’all! My name is Connor Fraundorf and I am from Atlanta, GA. I am double majoring in international business and finance. In my free time I enjoy playing sports, reading the Wall Street Journal, and listening to Atlanta rap. I’m looking forward to a great year here at USC!

Anna Jones
Havertown, Pennsylvania
Elementary Education
Hi, my name is Anna Jones and I am an Elementary Education major from Havertown, Pennsylvania. At USC, I am involved in Capstone and the Waverly After School Program. I am so excited to be a part of Freshman Council and work on the First Year Involvement committee!

Audra Knight
Lexington, South Carolina
Hello! My name is Audra Knight. I am from Lexington, South Carolina, and I came to USC to major in accounting. I served as the President of my high school FBLA Chapter and I am excited for the opportunity to continue exploring my interest in business. It is an honor to serve as a representative on Freshman Council. I look forward to a great year connecting with other students and making a difference. Go Gamecocks!

Davis Latham
Columbia, SC
Political Science and Finance
Hello, my name is Davis Latham and I am from Columbia, South Carolina. At the University of South Carolina, I hope to double major in political science and finance. My goal this year in Freshman Council is to fundamentally improve the way undergraduate students experience and interact within the University of South Carolina.

Mason Luff
Washington Crossing, PA
Political Science
Hi, my name is Mason Luff and I am from Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania (where George Washington crossed the Delaware River). I am a huge constitutional law nerd and accordingly major in political science. Moreover, I am a member of both the honors college and a formidable indoor volleyball intramural team. I am a die-hard fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Kanye West, and Bob Dylan. Lastly, I played football for 12 years, was student body president at my high school, and will never reject a challenge in NBA 2k. I am extremely excited to positively impact our campus through my involvement with Freshman Council!

Ethan Lyman
Irvine, California
International Business
Hi y’all, my name is Ethan Lyman, and I am from Irvine, California. Starting at a young age, I enjoyed music, and have played cello for 10 years now. Growing up I loved running, so I played soccer and ran events in cross country and track and feild. While in high school I became very involved in the Spanish club at my school, as well as a few other cultural clubs. I grew up surrounded by a multitude of different cultures where I learned to cook the foods I had learned to cook the foods I learned to love. In the long run I would love to work for the State Department, dealing with foreign policy.

Sean Maher
Danvers, MA
Hello my name is Sean Maher. I am from Danvers, MA and I am majoring in Finance. I am a Capstone Scholar and I am also involved in Sigma Omega Upsilon International Business Fraternity, Gamecock Club Swimming, and the Carolina Finance and Investment Association. I’m looking forward to working on Freshman Council and I am excited to represent our class. Go Cocks!

Natalia Martins
Brasilia, Brazil
Political Science and Philosophy
Hey y’all! My name is Natalia Martins, I’m Brazilian and I’m a Political Science and Philosophy double major. I’m involved in the Student Services Committee, and the USC Mock Trial. I’m super excited to be here, and I can’t wait to get more involved in the Student Government!

Samantha Mayberry
Hurricane, West Virginia
My name is Samantha Mayberry and I am from the great state of West Virginia. I’m hoping to be an International Business and Marketing double major with a minor in Chinese. In addition to Freshman Council, I am a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and a Capstone Scholar. I am a member of the First Year Involvement Committee and I am looking forward to a great year on Freshman Council!

Jahntyahna Nelson
Charleston, SC
International Studies
My name is Jahntyahna Nelson and I am from North Charleston, SC. I am a member of the Multicultural Affairs Committee and I look forward to using my status within the Multicultural Affairs Committee as a platform for encouraging diversity and inclusivity at UofSC. It is important to me that no one is marginalised or generalised and that all voices are heard. Although my time at UofSC is short, I hope that with the help of my committee, fellow Freshman Council colleagues, and the student body that we can all create everlasting change and tranquility on campus.

Paul Henry “Bubba” Philpot
Greenville, South Carolina
Broadcast Journalism
Hello, my name is Paul Philpot, but everyone calls me Bubba. I am from Greenville, South Carolina. I enjoy sports and public speaking. Here at USC, I am studying Broadcast Journalism. Aside from Freshman Council, I am a first year intern at Gamecock Productions, operating out of Williams-Brice Stadium. After my time here at USC, I plan on possibly attending law school and pursuing a career in the sports broadcasting field, much like the path of my favorite sports broadcaster, Jay Billas. I am incredibly excited to get to work with my Freshman Council peers and make our class the best it can be.

Tyler Quehl
Cincinnati, Ohio
International Business
Hey! My name is Tyler Quehl, and I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio—a.k.a. the “Nasty Nati.” I’m majoring in International Business with an undecided second business major and a minor in Chinese. Outside of freshman council, I am the out-of-state Scholars United representative for the class of 2021, and I enjoy writing music, learning new things, and performing (music, theatre, improv). Through freshman council, I plan to befriend a diverse group of people and make a lasting impact on the University of South Carolina.

Nafisa Rahimberganova
Charleston, SC
Biological Sciences
Hi, my name is Nafisa Rahimberganova and I am from Charleston, SC. I am a biological sciences major on the Pre-med track! I am a member of Timmy Global Health, GlobeMed, and now part of the Multicultural Affairs committee for the Freshmen council! I’m excited to get more involved on campus and look forward to hopefully years of service within Student Government!! Go Gamecocks!

Tyler Raub
Pittsburgh, PA
International Studies + English Aiming for an eventual career in International Law, Tyler previously served as the President of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils. Generally considered well-rounded, culturally-aware, and a natural leader, Tyler is incredibly optimistic to share his skills with the rest of Freshman Council and Student Government, as he is just as excited to learn from everyone else around him! Tyler’s dream travel spots include: Morocco, Cairo, Tokyo, Myanmar, and Iceland.

Devin Remley
Greenville, SC
International Business
My favorite food is sushi, my favorite color is blue, and my favorite movie is Die Hard. I’m a member of the Safety and Transportation committee.

Sarah Riesenberger
Cincinnati, Ohio
Pre- Business
Hey everyone! My name is Sarah Riesenberger and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently Pre- Business and hope to major in Marketing with a minor in Economics. In addition to serving on Freshman Council, I am also on the Capstone Service Team. Outside of school I love to travel, cheer on the Gamecocks, and hang out with great friends! I can’t wait to get to know our great university through Freshman Council!

Prerana Shidhaye
Cary, NC
Hey y’all, my name’s Prerana! I’m a Psych major from NC on the Pre-Dental track. Apart from being a part of Freshman Council, I’m also a member of the Phi Mu sorority, and serve on Patterson Hall RHA as the Communications Secretary. I’m so excited to see what new opportunities this year brings- it’s an honor to represent the Freshman class! Go Gamecocks 🙂

Brice Smoker
North Augusta, SC
Hey! My name is Brice Smoker and I am from North Augusta, SC. I am a BARSC-MD major here at USC. Also, I am a member of the honors college and an avid fan of Gamecock athletics! I love all things sports and music, and I am looking forward to a great year on Freshman Council! #cocksby90

Sierra Stewart
St. Stephen, SC
Computer Information Systems
Hi, my name is Sierra Stewart, and I am from St. Stephen, SC. My major is Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business Information Management. I am involved in National Society of Black Engineers and Collegiate Curls. During my free time, I love to read, watch sports and help others in need. I am so grateful and excited to be apart of Freshman Council this year! Go Gamecocks!

Megan Thackray
Lake Zurich, IL
International Business
Hi, my name is Megan Thackray, I am from Lake Zurich, IL. I am an International Business major with a minor in Spanish. In addition to Freshman Council, I am also in the Honors College and a member of Cocky Paals and Delta Delta Delta sorority. I’m excited to get involved in all the exciting things USC has to offer!

Kristen Tieman
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Political Science
Hi, my name is Kristen Tieman and I’m from Saint Joseph, Missouri. I am majoring in political science with a minor in history. Outside of Freshman Council, I am a member of the Honors College, Phi Mu Sorority, Legislative Action Network, and the Carolina Judicial Council. I can’t wait to make the most out of my four years here at the University of South Carolina!