Senate Minutes :: Spring Quarter :: Week 5

Minutes of the SCU Senate Meeting May 4, 2017

Members Present:

Senate Chair Neil Datar Austin Gray Amy Monzon

Parliamentarian Phillip Barber Kayla Williams Jelly Fuentes

Pro-Tempore Rachel Wiggins* John Ferrari Areany Tolentino

Jaia Rovaris Jack Herstam Payton Swanson

Alex Perlman Erik Echeona Jake Day Ahmer Israr Tom Valentine Ye Chit Ko

Cormac McOsker Jahwala Johns Samantha Perez Victoria Linares Mayron Mulugeta Gemi Griffin

Mackenzie Bartz Helen Kassa Mitch McCaffrey

Karsten Andersen**Proxy Natalie Wiggins David Warne**Proxy Sarah Yerga

*Recorded minutes


Paul Armstrong


Senate Chair Neil Datar called the May 4, 2017 meeting of the Santa Clara University Senate to order at 7:05pm 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 7:06pm.


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 was approved by Senior Senator Tom Valentine and seconded by At-Large Senator Kayla Williams.


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 Senior Senator Tom Valentine and seconded by Sophomore Senator Jake Day.


  1. Exec Updates


Working with Amy on Ice Cream project!

Working on Transition for future PR

Working on Senior Night & Ball PR


Senior Ball ticket sales are online!

First Year Fest

May 26th

Bronco Brawl

May 23rd

Start making teams!


Office Hours 10:30-12:00 T/Th

and every other day this week and probably next week

SAFC Request Completed!

13 pages long.

Requested $20,000 for RSOs

Requested 3 new stipends

Please turn in reimbursements asap!


Please close the bags after you take snacks


Conduct Code revision updates




Elections Update

Bronco Day Recap

May 21 - ASG Banquet

May 17 - Transition Ceremony

May 18 - Transition Senate

Spring Retreat


SAFC Process

Presentation done!

Shout out to LB!

Sustaining Excellence Committee

Planning Action Council Stuff

Email went out today

Feedback is due May 10th

Starting Transition Organization

Tedd-managed Google Drive

Enjoying office snacks

2. Sustaining Excellence Update

Costs of higher education are skyrocketing up, across the board institutions are trying figure out what to do about that. A lot of folks are coming at this from a rough spot, lay-offs, cuts, financial challenges. Santa Clara is coming from a good position. This is a brainstorming process to figure out what we can do over the long term. This is not about the short term, we got screwed over these past 2 years with the budget. The cost increases lately have been because of short term budgetary issues. We published 283 ideas and we are currently in the feedback process. Big focus on trying to get a lot of different folks from all the over the university to get in on this. We are trying to foster innovative thinking to think about where this university can go. The community came up with 283 ideas. We have some ideas categorized in a student focus: sustainability, academics, funding, campus, student services, off-campus community, prospective students, student groups. This is a dump of raw ideas and that have not been vetted but are being considered. We want you all to send us your top 5 of these. We’re not going to put forward all of these right now. Some because they are not good ideas and some because they are not a priority right now. We want to keep this bundle of ideas going. You can find all of these on the Sustaining Excellence website and a google form to submit which ones you like. Generally in a planning process like this we get rid of some of these bad ideas, but this is the full list the good bag and the ugly.

At-Large Senator Kayla Williams: Where do you see this campus in 5 years?

We hope that projects like this will allow us to be an innovative campus and our focus is to remain mission driven and to keep this idea in mind. This is a good process to get rolling, but I hope that there are mechanisms in place where we have student, faculty, and administration together working.

At-Large Senator Austin Gray: Are there students on this committee or involved?

There are currently no students, but way before we implement any of these ideas we are going to take it through the university process and students are involved with that. We are very much interested in students being involved in the process and that is why we are here today.

Senior Senator Areany Tolentino: Has it been brought up to have more of a focus on student life and campus culture?

For this process those ideas did not come up to be honest but I think it is always important to have that dialogue and I’d love to work with senate on that.

At-Large Senator Ahmer Israr: Why would it be good to decrease the number of students on financial aid? That is listed on page 3.

Again that was an unvetted idea out there and we kept it on there so that students can see some of the ideas that were put out there even if they were not moved forward.

3. Dr. Rovaris, Cowell Center Presentation

I am the director of the Cowell center and this month is mental health awareness month. We are going to have a showing in May 30th 6-7 Graham commons to show this film that is only 18 minutes and we will have a discussion after and we would like to have you support us.


Senior Senator John Ferrari: Under the mental health umbrella, does it include substance abuse or is it just depression and anxiety?

It includes everything but most of them mask themselves or manifest through depression and anxiety. Across the country depression and anxiety are the most common on college campuses.

Pro Tempore Rachel Wiggins: Why can you only make CAPs appointments through a phone call and why is the fee for missing the appointment higher than the cost of the appointment itself?

Because the demand for appointments is so high missing an appointment takes away the chance for someone else to have that appointment and doesn’t give you the chance to come so that’s why it’s so high. And we don’t have the technology to make the appointments online and for urgent appointments this way we have a way of speaking to them and knowing which we wouldn’t have online.


Transition Documents


Committee Updates




Mayron: Working on MCC Week lip sync battle, will be next Friday

Jaia: Q.U.E.E.N. retreat went well!

Sam: Heather Marlow to campus next week!

Paul: Working on input for Benson remodel. Sustaining excellence committee

Not your average sex talk is on Monday. Turn out for this!


Fight Song is out! Rally Song is in! Like and Share the facebook page!

Art Minor Survey..makes moves

New Fight Song

Healthy Living


SAC still has money for <=$1000 requests


  1. Office Hours

  2. Be Heard Friday


Senate Chair Neil Datar asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Adjournment was approved by Sophomore Senator Jahwala Johns and seconded by At-Large Senator Kayla Williams. Senate Chair Neil Datar called the May 4, 2017 meeting of the Santa Clara University Senate to a close at 8:22PM.

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