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Senate Meeting Minutes :: 5.25.17 :: Week 7

June 5, 2017

Minutes of the SCU Senate Meeting May 25, 2017

 

Members Present:

Senate Chair Aly Motzel                      Victoria Linares           Nithya Vemireddy

Parliamentarian Paul Armstrong       David Warne                Payton Dizney Swanson

Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal                  Mackenzie Bartz         Bjorn Thyrring

Thayne Kollmorgen                             Avery James

Amy Monzon                                        Duncan McDonell

Angelica Fuentes                                 Helen Kassa

Alex Perlman                                       Rahaima Choudry

Henry Asch                                          Erik Echeona  

Rory Pannkuk                         

 

Absent

Administrative Transparency (John Ferrari)

Violence Prevention (Annie Martin)

Diversity and Inclusion (Kayla Williams)

 

1. CALL TO ORDER

Senate Chair Aly Motzel called the May 25, 2017 meeting of the Santa Clara University Senate to order at 9:20pm in the Williman Room.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked a member to read the invocation. Sophomore Senator David Warne  recited the invocation.

 

2. ROLL CALL

Senate Chair Aly Motzel took roll at 9:20pm.

 

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked the Senate to consider the agenda for the current meeting. She requested questions and comments related to the minutes. None were put forward, and the agenda was approved by Junior Senator Victoria Linares and seconded by Senior Senator Jelly Fuentes.

 

4. APPROVAL OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

This meeting contained no Previous Minutes.

 

5. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS

Swearing in of Elected Senators

Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog swore in Senior Senators: Jelly Fuentes, Thayne Kollmorgen, Amy Monzon;  Junior Senators: Henry Asch, Jack Codiga, Victoria Linares, Rory Pannkuk; Sophomore Senators: Mackenzie Bartz, Avery James, Helen Kassa, Duncan McDonell, and David Warne.

 

Senate Approval and Swearing in of Sam McNeal, Senate Pro-Tempore

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Sam McNeal to the center of the room and introduced him as the appointed Senate Pro-Tempore. Sam introduced himself and Sophomore Senator David Warne asked him how he would document the ASG meetings. Sam responded that he would get down the important points and would not write down every word. Aly asked him to leave the room.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell and seconded by Senior Senator Jelly Fuentes. Senate Chair Aly Motzel took roll, and Sam was confirmed.

 

Senate Approval and

Swearing in of Paul Armstrong, Parliamentarian

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Paul Armstrong to the center of the room and introduced him as the Parliamentarian. Paul introduced himself. Aly asked him to leave the room.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by Senior Senator Jelly Fuentes and seconded by Junior Senator Victoria Linares. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll, and Paul was confirmed.

 

Swearing in of Junior Class Senator

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Alex Perlman to the center of the room and introduced him as an appointed Junior Senator. Alex introduced himself. Aly asked him to leave the room.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by Senior Senator Jelly Fuentes and seconded by Parliamentarian Paul Armstrong. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll, and Alex was confirmed.

 

Swearing in of John Ferrari, At-Large Senator for Administrative Transparency

Senate Chair Aly Motzel said that he could not be here so he will be confirmed the following week. She added that she had decided to not include an At-Large Senator for Commuters and Transfer students this year, because she only had a single applicant for the position who was not as qualified as the other appointments she had made. The applicant, among other candidates for At-Large Senator positions, emphasized wanting to work on issues related to administrative transparency, which she thought was a great idea, so she decided to utilize that title. However, she had another candidate who was similarly interested in these issues, and so I went with this candidate (John Ferrari)  instead.

 

Swearing in of Payton Dizney Swanson, At-Large Senator for Academic Affairs

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Payton Swanson to the center of the room and introduced him as the At-Large Senator for Academic Affairs. Payton introduced himself. Aly asked him to leave the room.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by Senior Senator Thayne Kollmorgen and seconded by Parliamentarian Paul Armstrong. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll, and Payton was confirmed.

 

Swearing in of Erik Echeona, At-Large Senator for Civic Engagement

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Erik Echeona to the center of the room and introduced him as the At-Large Senator for Civic Engagement. Erik introduced himself and Sophomore Senator David Warne asked him how he would engage the student body.  Erik responded that he served as a First-Year Senator last year and he had planned numerous events and had the First-Year Festival this Friday. Aly asked him to leave the room.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by Senior Senator Jelly Fuentes and seconded by Junior Senator Victoria Linares. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll, and Erik was confirmed.

 

Swearing in of Bjorn Thyrring, At-Large Senator for Mental Health

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Erik Echeona to the center of the room and introduced him as the At-Large Senator for Mental Health. Bjorn introduced himself and Sophomore Senator David Warne asked him why he wanted this position.  Bjorn responded that he had a sibling with mental health issues and friends on campus with mental health problems. He said that he did not want to see anyone go through that. Aly asked him to leave the room.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by Senior Senator Jelly Fuentes and seconded by Junior Senator Victoria Linares. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll, and Bjorn was confirmed.

 

Swearing in of Annie Martin, At-Large Senator for Violence Prevention

Senate Chair Aly Motzel  said that she could not be here so she will be confirmed the following week.

 

Swearing in of Rahaima Choudry, At-Large Senator for Interfaith

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Rahaima Choudry to the center of the room and introduced her as the At-Large Senator for Interfaith. Rahaima introduced herself.

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne: What would you do as Interfaith Senator? ANSWER: She is looking to help specific religious minorities, she will be working with religious clubs weekly, she will foster communication with people who are religious and those who are not religious, but that she will put more focus on religious minorities.

 

Senior Senator Thayne Kollmorgen: Why do you want this position? ANSWER: She had seen how the Santa Clara community had treated religious minorities and how that had hurt her and others on campus. She said that it felt like Santa Clara was not a home for her.

 

Senior Senator Thayne Kollmorgen: How would you handle tensions stemming from Palestine and the Middle East? ANSWER: She said that she would bring peace to this campus, not politics. She said she would not focus on terrorist attack and that we cannot hold religious extremism to specific religious faiths. She also said that there is unfair treatment of religious minorities on this campus and that she, and others, felt like the campus is not for them.

 

Junior Senator Henry Asch: How would you bring students together? ANSWER: She said that her first priority is to help religious minorities and noted that she has experience on the Muslim Student Association. She also said that, while she cannot speak for entire Muslim or Jewish student population, nothing has been done, as of right now, for Muslims and Jews.

 

Aly asked her to leave the room.

 

Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa: What Rahaima is saying is that she wants to reach out to those that that aren’t catered to by the Jesuit faith based university.

 

At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring: No other candidates have been questioned this way and it looks unfair.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel: Rahaima based her application on preventing the violence and problems on campus.

 

Junior Senator Henry Asch: There is politics in student government. Communication is key and religion is linked to ASG and politics.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel: ASG is not politics and is for the betterment of student life.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa and seconded by Senior Senator Jelly Fuentes. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll, and Rahaima was confirmed.

 

Swearing in of Kayla Williams, At-Large Senator for Diversity and Inclusion

Senate Chair Aly Motzel  said that she could not be here so she will be confirmed the following week.

 

Swearing in of Nithya Vemireddy, At-Large Senator for LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Nithya Vemireddy to the center of the room and introduced her as the At-Large Senator for Diversity and Inclusion. Nithya introduced herself and Sophomore Senator David Warne asked him why she wanted this position.  Kayla responded that she oversees LGBTQ+ for SCCAP and has positions on and off campus. She also said she will be putting on rainbow prom and wants to change the gender options on all university forms and for housing. Aly asked her to leave the room.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by Senior Senator Jelly Fuentes and seconded by Junior Senator Alex Perlman. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll, and Nithya was confirmed.

 

Swearing in of Partial Judicial Branch

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited the Jack Larkin and Emily Yekikian to the center of the room and introduced them as Associate Justice and Court Clerk, respectively.The appointees introduced themselves.

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne: What will they do in their respective positions? ANSWER: They will focus on keeping the judicial branch involved and will increase transparency.

 

At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: Would you both be willing to work on unfair queer aspects of bylaws? ANSWER: Yes.

 

Aly asked them to leave the room.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to white ballot. The motion was made by At-Large Senator Erik Echeona and seconded by Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell. Sophomore Senator David Warne motioned to vote, which was seconded by At-Large Senator Payton Dizney. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll, and the Jack Larkin and Emily Yekikian were confirmed.

 

Swearing in of Partial Community Development Branch

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Charlie Douille and Kamryn Fortmeier to the center of the room and introduced  as the the Academic Chair and Spirit Chair, respectively. They introduced themselves and Sophomore Senator David Warne asked them what they would do in these positions.

 

Kamryn Fortmeier: Will focus on boosting morale. Community Development has low attendance at tailgates and will work with Public Relations to improve attendance. Look into possibility of text updates for student body because students are overwhelmed with information and texts could be more specific.

 

Charlie Douille:  Will help people find opportunities to succeed through communication and partnership with university programs.

 

 Aly asked them to leave the room.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to white ballot. The motion was made by Senior Senator Jelly Fuentes and seconded by Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell. Sophomore Senator David Warne motioned to vote, which was seconded by At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll, and Charlie Douille and Kamryn Fortmeier were confirmed.

 

Swearing in of Partial Public Relations Branch

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Julia Green and Crystal Batshon to the center of the room and introduced them as Social Media Chair and Bronco News Editor and Producer, respectively. They introduced themselves and Sophomore Senator David Warne asked them why they wanted these positions and how they would work on our rebranding from the past year. They responded that they would continue to provide the student body with pertinent information and continue the work we have started through social media and technology. They highlighted their goal to have a better schedule in place for events and that they would put institute a system that makes it easier for ASG members to “share” events on social media. They would also like to reach out to the members of ASG and the student body for suggestions on new ways to communicate. Aly asked them to leave the room.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to white ballot. The motion was made by Senior Senator Jelly Fuentes and seconded by Junior Senator Alex Perlman. Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonnell motioned to vote, which was seconded by Junior Senator Victoria Linares. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll, and Julia Green and Crystal Batshon were confirmed.

 

6. EXECUTIVE BRANCH UPDATES

Senate Chair Aly Motzel announced that the At-Large Senator for Administrative Transparency (John Ferrari), the At-Large Senator for Violence Prevention (Annie Martin), and the At-Large Senator for Diversity and Inclusion (Kayla Williams) would occur when they were able to attend, either in the last weeks of this Spring quarter or in the Fall. She added that the rest of appointments for the branches of Finance, Public Relations, Community Development and Judicial would follow in the same way.

 

7. COMMITTEE UPDATES

This meeting contained no Committee Updates.

 

8. NEW BUSINESS

This meeting contained no New Business.

 

9. OLD BUSINESS

This meeting contained no Old Business

 

9. ADJOURNMENT

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Adjournment was approved by At-Large Senator Erik Echeona and seconded by At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring. Aly called the May 25, 2017 meeting of the Santa Clara University Senate to a close at 10:20 PM.

 

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