Minutes of the SCU Student Senate Meeting November 2, 2017
Senate Chair Aly Motzel Jack Codiga Victoria Linares Parliamentarian Paul Armstrong David Warne Rahaima Choudhry
Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal Mackenzie Bartz Bjorn Thyrring
Avery James Annie Martin Duncan McDonell Helen Kassa Kayla Williams Erik Echeona
Rory Pannkuk Mayron Mulugeta Thayne Kollmorgen
Sahil Sagar Kyle Andrews Mai Sinada
Payton Dizney Swanson Alex Perlman Gerome Yabut
Nithya Vemireddy Amy Monzon Angelica Fuentes
1. CALL TO ORDER
Senate Chair Aly Motzel called the November 2, 2017 meeting of the Santa Clara University Student Senate to order at 6:30 pm in the Williman Room of Benson.
Chair Aly Motzel asked a member to read the invocation. First Year Senator Mai Sinada recited the invocation.
2. ROLL CALL
Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll at 6:35 pm.
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 agenda. None were put forward, and the agenda was approved by At-Large Senator Rahaima Choudhry and seconded by Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell.
4. APPROVAL OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
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 Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell and seconded by At-Large Senator Kayla Williams.
5. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS
Senate Speaker Chris Shay
Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Chris Shay to the front of the room to give a presentation about the upcoming construction projects on campus. Chris Shay then gave his presentation and answered questions:
Huge remodel of STEM complex
5 STEMX/R Projects in Total
Repurposing of older building to use while the new complex is being built
Engineering classes, research, meeting areas will be in St. Clare Commons, The Garage, Daly 200, Heafey-Bergin, Alameda Hall
South Campus Residence Hall
Benson Bronco Patio Enclosure and Remodel
Interior and exterior
Moderate impacts - construction fencing, traffic changes, bronco patio closure
Additional food service, barrel roofed sun roof covering the patio
Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation
278,000 square feet
Brand new STEM facility
We are underutilizing the north campus lot
Utilize all existing lots to the fullest
Lot closures for brief periods
Chris Shay then asked for questions from the senate.
Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa: Since the transportation initiative has been pushed to 2029 and I am working on the VTA on Ecopasses, how can we work to get that put into place?
Chris Shay: I am very cognizant of spending student dollars. We are scrutinizing all the programs we are doing right now and are we underutilizing the programing we already have.
Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa: A lot of freshman have been using the zagster, zipcar, etc. So if those are highly utilized, what do we do otherwise?
Chris Shay: We have to consider that. We are facing transportation issues. I support the ecopass project.
Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell: What are we tearing down?
Chris Shay: We are renovating some spaces, but also completely rebuilding the STEM center.
Junior Senator Rory Pannkuk: Will there be direct access from the library to Locatelli during construction?
Chris Shay: You’ll have to go around the library.
Junior Senator Jack Codiga: Could we buy the vacant lot in front of Safeway?
Chris Shay: It is the remnant of an old gas station so its not ready to buy or to build on.
First Year Senator Ciara Moezidis: Will the second floor of Benson still be offices?
Chris Shay: Yes. This is phase 1. Phase 2 will be an even bigger expansion, but that is in the future.
At-Large Senator Kayla Williams: Is Dunne still being remodeled?
Chris Shay: Yes, there is tower plan without a date.
Junior Senator Alex Perlman: When will the mall in front of the art building be completed?
Chris Shay: We are planning on december.
Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa: Will Sanfilippo get renovated in the future?
Chris Shay: Yes.
David: With the transportation initiative in 2029, are cars going to be balanced on campus?
Chris Shay: I think that we are moving away from personal cars. We are developing a new downtown with the City of Santa Clara.
Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa: Should the Ecopass project be put on hold until after construction?
Chris Shay: I don’t want to turn that off, but reallocation works well to prevent a hike in tuition.
Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell: Maybe to alleviate concerns about raising tuition we could cut programs and add better ones?
Chris Shay: That is outside of my scope of knowledge. Jack Herstam is sitting in on financial meetings and he can bring that up.
Senior Senator Angelica Fuentes: Are we going to create a place for RSO’s on campus?
Chris Shay: We are looking into what spaces can be utilized. Tedd, do you have any input?
Tedd Vanadilok: We are consolidating offices to make more space.
Confirm and Swear in At-Large Senator for Transfer Students Candidate
Senate Chair Aly Motzel announced that Alex Baldonado was the candidate for Junior Senator and that he would be confirmed next week. She then invited Kristin Godfrey to the center of the room and asked her to introduce herself. Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked if the senate had any questions for her.
Sophomore Senator David Warne: How was off campus living?
Kristin Godfrey: It was good, but transfers need more help getting housing. I made a Facebook page for transfers to connect with people and get housing.
At-Large Senator Payton Dizney Swanson: Do you have any plans for projects?
Kristin Godfrey: I am myself a transfer student and I want to continue the work I started. I want to improve transfer orientation and social aspects and give transfer students more resources.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked Kristin Godfrey to leave the room. She then asked the senate for comments or concerns about her confirmation. Hearing none, Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by At-Large Senator Erik Echeona, which was seconded by Senior Senator Amy Monzon. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll and Kristin Godfrey was approved as the At-Large Senator for Transfer Students and sworn in.
UPC Candidate Voting and Confirmation
Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Allison Minzter to the center of the room and asked her to introduce herself. Allison Minzter is the candidate for the Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Task Force. Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked if the senate had any questions for her.
Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell: Why do you want this position?
Allison Minzter: I am a polisci major and harassment is a major issue
At-Large Senator Kayla Williams: What are you passionate about?
Allison Minzter: Personal freedoms and the defense of those freedoms.
At-Large Senator Payton Dizney Swanson: What would you work on?
Allison Minzter: We would work on Can’t Thread a Moving Needle and fix harassment education.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked Allison Minzter to leave the room. She then asked the senate for comments or concerns about her confirmation. Hearing none, Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by At-Large Senator Erik Echeona, which was seconded by Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll and Allison Minzter was approved and sworn in.
6. EXECUTIVE BRANCH UPDATES
Parliamentarian Paul Armstrong: I need availability for office hours. I will be holding you accountable as of next week. Once we solidify tabling we will take that into account. We want office hours to be in benson or the library to stay consistent for the constituents. You need to send a picture of yourself at your office hour. If you are tabling for CommDev, let me know.
Public Relations VP Maggie Hurlbut: Sweatshirts are here. I need more sharing of events.
Community Development VP Elena Radding: Next wednesday at 3 PM in this room our state senator will be here to give a presentation. Please come to this event.
Finance VP Ben Rhoades: Please print out google maps for gas reimbursement for retreat. I posted on Facebook about it.
Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog: You will be able to meet all the justices next week.
Vice President Sam Perez: Bridge the Gap will be on November 27 at 5:45 in the Williman room. The redo for Can’t Thread a Moving Needle is going well, I have one donor offer already. I am meeting with administration tomorrow to approve that donor. I am continuing the conversation about condoms on campus with administration as well. I am working on getting pre-stamped envelopes to send letters to our government representatives. Those who missed retreat have to go to Red Cup Pick Up.
President Jack Herstam: Every two quarters ASG will support DACA information training and it is happening at next week’s senate. This has nothing to do with politics. This is simply a learning event.
7. COMMITTEE UPDATES
COMM - The new tent is her. We are still looking for suggestions on what to rename Be Heard.
CUIC - The gift for Lester Dean went really well.
FOC - Sam McNeal is planning the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, reach out to him if you want to help. We are working on the RSO/CSO conflict with the Malley Fitness Center. Meal points rollover now 100 per quarter thanks to Payton Dizney Swanson.
SAC - We funded two small requests this week and we have 5 plus $1,000 recommendation presentations tonight.
8. NEW BUSINESS
Non-Material Bylaw Presentation
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog to come the the front of the room.
Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog: After bylaw change last week, we needed to change wording in a few places in the bylaws. It has been approved by me and Jack.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked if the senate had any questions. Hearing none, she thanked Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog and moved on to the next order of business.
9. OLD BUSINESS
Plus $1,000 Funding Recommendation Voting
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked SAC Chair David Warne to present their funding recommendations for Itandesh, Igwebuike, Broncos for Life, APSU, and NSBE. (Attached). He noted that the SCU Igwebuike 50th Anniversary Gala had rescinded their request after speaking to him about how they can fix their proposal.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel, after David’s presentation, asked if the senate had any questions. Hearing none, she asked for a motion to white ballot. The motion to while ballot was made by At-Large Senator Erik Echeona and seconded by Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell. Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by At-Large Senator Erik Echeona, which was seconded by Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll and the funding requests were approved.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked that senate go to Lester Dean’s last lecture after senate if they are able.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Adjournment was approved by At-Large Senator Erik Echeona and seconded by Sophomore Senator Mackenzie Bartz. Senate Chair Aly Motzel called the November 2, 2017 meeting of the Santa Clara University Senate to a close at 7:35 PM.
12. ROLL CALL
Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll at 7:35 PM.