Senate Minutes 11.10.16

Minutes of the SCU Senate Meeting November 10, 2016

Members Present:

Senate Chair Neil Datar Austin Gray Amy Monzon

Parliamentarian Phillip Barber Jack Herstam Jake Day

Pro-Tempore Rachel Wiggins * Karsten Andersen David Warne

Payton Swanson Samantha Perez Erik Echeona

Alex Perlman Gemi Griffin Kayla Williams

Helen Kassa Ahmer Israr Areany Tolentino

Tom Valentine Maureen O’Neill Cormac McOsker Trevor MacDonald Jahwala Johns Margo Gentile Mackenzie Bartz Victoria Linares Jelly Fuentes *Recorded minutes


Ye Chit Ko

Mayron Mulugeta

Jaia Rovaris


Senate Chair Neil Datar called the November 10, 2016 meeting of the Santa Clara University Senate to order at 7:02pm in the Weigand Room.

Senate Chair Neil asked a member to read the invocation. Senior Senator Tom Valentine recited the invocation.


Pro Tempore Rachel Wiggins took roll at 7:03pm.


Senate Chair Neil Datar asked the Senate to consider the agenda for the current meeting. He requested questions and comments related to the minutes. None were put forward, and the agenda wƒas approved by Junior Senator Jack Herstam and seconded by Junior Senator Jelly Fuentes.


Senate Chair Neil Datar asked the Senate to consider the minutes from the last Senate meeting. She requested questions and comments related to the minutes. None were put forward, and the minutes were approved by First-Year Senator Erik Echeona and seconded by First-Year Senator Payton Swanson.


Renee Baumgartner—Senate Speaker

Santa Clara Athletics students thirsty for success and want unparalleled success

3 goals

change culture---shared belief that sc will achieve athletic success

fundraise---coaches need to focus on recruiting and coaching

develop a facilities master plan---big picture, what do we need and where does it fit

over the last 15 months

new athletic logo and font

new leavey center floor

new/upgraded locker rooms and offices

upgraded weight room

increased budgets

increase in fundraising

hired four new coaches:

men’s & women’s basketball

men’s tennis

women’s rowing

added & hired additional staff

men’s basketball enhancements:

increased operating budget

locker room

office suite

floor replacement

LED boards

nike allotment

salary increase for head coach and assistants

assistant athletic director, sports performance



fundraising brochure

increase in people purchasing tickets and seats

Facilities Master Plan

have students become the sixth man to support team

new day, new team

goal is to act look and feel like a division one program

Stampede ahead and stampede together


Junior Senator Jack Herstam: Thank you for your presentation. there was an op ed that was critical about how we haven’t been in a tournament

I was disappointed that the op ed did not reach out to myself or Herb. To change the culture that’s what I need from you. The timeline is that we’re going to win some games and we’re going to upset some people sooner rather than later. There are some injuries right now but I’m still hopeful. We’re fighting a battle too with how competitive the tournaments are

Sophomore Senator Jahwala Johns: how is the new slogan going to interact with rough riders

Rough riders is the same group that is really spearheading this rodeo. We want to put hooves in there to make it loud, energetic and interactive

At-Large Senator Austin Gray: how do you bring santa clara into the limelight?

Basketball is an easy fix. Herb is going to help us a lot. We need to win those games and have students come and we’ll go over the top. I think

At-Large Kayla Williams: how do you feel about the fact students don’t stay for the whole game and how do we get them to stay

I want to make it so that they feel like they have to stay for the game. You all have to develop that culture and make them stay. My hope is that we set the stage and you lead the charge

Senior Senator Areany Tolentino: what are the setbacks that you’ve faced so far

I think we’ve had student athletes make mistakes that prevents them from playing and student injuries. That’s what really hurts, when poor decisions are made or when fluke injuries happen.

Senior Senator Trevor MacDonald: I know that the 2 pack 12 games are big for us, are they both going to be during winter break?

The struggle is that the time we have to do it is nov 14-jan 1 but we’re going to try to get it earlier. I’ve been pushing so that we don’t get the short end of the stick

Austin: If the basketball team reaches the full success that you expect do you think the money that is taken from that will be allocated to other teams?

All of our programs budgets have increased


Measure B-Jack and Gemi

Response to Casa Italiana Vandalism-Maureen

Support of Healthy Choices Committee-Jack, Areany, Margo


Ad Hoc Fact Finding Committee on the Hut

Goals, members, and leadership

Deliverable: White Paper proposal

Neil: We’ve heard a lot of outreach from the student body about the closure of the hut and we think it would be a good idea to centralize the ideas going around to be a fact finding committee to collect information and report it back to the student body


Junior Senator Jack Herstam:what’s the timeline

I would say probably over the next month before the holiday break

Senior Senator Trevor MacDonald: who is leading the committee

I am

Junior Senator Jelly Fuentes: do you have specific people in mind?

I was going to do a blast through an email and social media

At-Large Senator Austin Gray: What is the purpose of this committee, it seems very clear to me?

We want to find out what the role of the university can be for this and potentially work with the student body to develop a safe alcohol consumption space on campus

Senate Chair Neil Datar asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by First-Year Senator Erik Echeona and seconded by Junior Senator Amy Monzon. Pro-Tempore Rachel Wiggins took roll, and the ad hoc committee was approved.

Confirmation of UPC appointees—Bookstore Advisory (David)

First-Year David Warne: I’d like to revamp the student bookstore and to establish a new name for it. I’d like to look at a bigger technology section and have the basic necessities for school closer on the top floor.


Ahmer: proposed name for the bookstore

not too sure maybe ‘the stable’

Senate Chair Neil Datar asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by At-Large Senator Ahmer Israr and seconded by Junior Senator Jelly Fuentes. Pro-Tempore Rachel Wiggins took roll, and the appointment was approved.

Carl Guardino—Thank you for collaboration with ASG

With 71.04% of the vote Measure B passed on Tuesday night

Carl: I am so honored to be back with you. I came solely to thank you for your leadership for your value in this effort and for the help you provided us. This was the first college in Santa Clara county that we visited. It was instantaneous that we had the same vision for the future of this valley and this campus as well


Voting on Six Plus 1000 funding requests

Intandesh--Request $1738 Recommendation $1546

CSA---Requested $6,308.13 Recommendation $3,585.79

Broncos for Life--Requested $2,611.05 Recommendation $2,192.19

APSU--Requested $1,880.80 Recommendation $1,060

Igwebuike--Requested $1,732.61 Recommendation $1,539.94

Salsa Clara--Requested $2,924.90 Recommendation $1,539.94

Junior Senator Jack Herstam: How are we looking at our budget for the entire year?

For the fall we’re under


Helen: it terms of Broncos for Life, I didn’t think it would benefit Santa Clara University. I don’t think they should receive funding

Ahmer: this event a lot of colleges go as groups. they aren’t going as individuals they’re going as a group to a conference and march

Tom: I think sending 12 students is a lot

Lauren: I was going to compare it to other clubs and how they have a plan to come back and have presentations and bring it back and I don’t see what they’re bringing back to the campus


David: to speak to the issue about if they’re adding to the issues, it’s tough to compare to the other ones because they aren’t going anywhere. is this similar to other off campus trips funding

Karsten: this is similar to other requests and we’ve given similar amounts

Ahmer: obviously broncos for life is kind of a more political thing and I want to encourage everyone to think that they are an RSO and we should put political beliefs aside

Erik: I agree that we maybe we shouldn’t overanalyze it because of the political climate

David: should we fund APSU this much when they haven’t had their mandatory culture show

Kayla: for the MCC there are 9 parts on a checklist and this marks one of them. additionally other mcc clubs sell food their too and benefit from the event

Vote in requests excluding Broncos for Life

Senate Chair Neil Datar asked for a motion to white ballot. The motion was made by First-Year Senator Erik Echeona and seconded by First-Year Senator Erik Echeona. Senate Chair Neil Datar asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by Sophomore Senator Jahwala Johns and seconded by First-Year Senator Payton Swanson. Pro-Tempore Rachel Wiggins took roll, and the requests were approved.

Broncos for Life Discussion:

Ahmer:I think that if this was a pro choice conference we wouldn’t have the same amount of discussion and we need to respect these people’s beliefs

Maureen: I have a personal issue with this topic and if that’s too political I will abstain but I strongly don’t believe in this

Kayla: My vote is no because I’ve seen them do very little. They don’t seem very active on our campus

David: I think on the one hand it’s important because this is an existential issue for broncos for life and this is a catholic school so they are professing catholic values

Ahmer: they have been to the march in san francisco but they are different and I don’t think it’s fair to judge them from the same standard

Sam: is this the first time they’ve requested something like this

Austin: where is the line with political topics

Phillip: I think we need to step back and realize we represent everyone

Ahmer: They do meet bi-weekly and are working on outreach as well and this program would teach them how to approach this topic on a college campus

Karsten: I would just like to remind people that we are voting on if a club should receive funding on attending an event

Voting on Broncos for Life request

Senate Chair Neil Datar asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by First-Year Senator Erik Echeona and seconded by Sophomore Senator Victoria Linares. Pro-Tempore Rachel Wiggins took roll, and the request was approved.

Christmas tree lighting: Jelly--during dead week we have a tradition of lighting a christmas tree in benson. I wanted to know at least four people would volunteer to help

JahWala, Mac, Erik, David, Areany, Amy, and Victoria


Public Relations VP

i-buy is almost ready

Share stuff on social media

Community Development VP


Alumni Park

5:30-6:30 PM

Post the video

Wear Santa Clara swag

Finance VP

Office Hours 4-6 pm Wednesday in Locatelli

10:30-12:30 Friday Morning

32.16% of Budget Spent

Email me with questions :)

Chief Justice

NEW BYLAW---RSO any items over $1000 (a capital asset) needs a Center for Student Involvement or Faculty/Staff Approval before purchasing

More new bylaws to come!

Senate Chair Neil Datar asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by First-Year Senator David Warne and seconded by Junior Senator Amy Monzon. Pro-Tempore Rachel Wiggins took roll, and the bylaw change was passed.

Vice President

Sundays 8pm - ASG internal email

When It’s Not a Great Day To Be a Bronco -Wednesday, Nov. 30 5:30 to 7:00


NURC Monday at 7pm in the admissions building

SCC Defense Attorney Campus Sexual Assault Symposium

November 18th, 2016 9 AM - 5 PM

Shout out to Sam for the Walk of Solidarity

Alumni Association Board of Directors



Renee B!

Civic Engagement!

VTA discount!


Jaia: Worked with Sam on solidarity march

Mac: Season opener tomorrow. Tailgate at 5:30 Student section now called “The Rodeo”

Mayron: MCHolidays: Event week 9 Looking into improved diversity training for faculty. Organizing professors to talk to student during turbulent time

David: Starting project to retain GMail accounts. Red cup pickup Sunday starting at 10:30

Maureen: Drafting Resolution for Iggy Q Conference. Unblocked LGBTQIA websites!

Sam: March on, friends.

3. FOC

Payton- Meal points roll over meeting with Jane soon.

Margo-Separating noise complaints. Maybe sit on the committee? Meeting with Kitt tomorrow.

Jelly- Christmas Tree Lighting! Benson weird room.

Tom-Design center efficiency, Student's intellectual property rights with Ted & OBSERVATORY! The Hut!

Rachel- Campus Safety number signs, central place for RSOs and events.

Ye Chit- Measure B passed! Good Work! Changing Access Card Logo.

4. SAC

People are still requesting

SAC has never been tighter

We presented our +1000 recommendations tonight



Be Heard Desk Friday

Junior Senator position

Decommissioning the All In Campus Challenge Committee

Autonomous Vehicles

Christmas Tree Lighting (FOC-led ASG project)

Office Hours—expand to include difficult dialogues


Senate Chair Neil Datar asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Adjournment was approved by First-Year Senator Erik Echeona and seconded by First Year Senator Payton Swanson. Senate Chair Neil Datar called the November 10, 2016 meeting of the Santa Clara University Senate to a close at 8:39PM.

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