Minutes of the SCU Student Senate Meeting November 9, 2017
Senate Chair Aly Motzel
Parliamentarian Paul Armstrong
Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal
First Year Senators:
Avery James Duncan McDonell
Payton Dizney Swanson
1. CALL TO ORDER
Senate Chair Aly Motzel called the November 9, 2017 meeting of the Santa Clara University Student Senate to order at 8:40 pm in the Williman Room of Benson.
Chair Aly Motzel asked a member to read the invocation. At-Large Senator Payton Dizney Swanson recited the invocation.
2. ROLL CALL
Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll at 8:45 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 Erik Echeona and seconded by First Year Senator Kyle Andrews.
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 Sophomore Senator David Warne.
5. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS
Confirm and Swear in Junior Senator Candidate:
Senate Chair Aly Motzel announced that Alex Baldonado was the candidate for Junior Senator and then invited him to the center of the room and asked him to introduce himself. Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked if the senate had any questions for Alex Baldonado.
Senior Senator Angelica Fuentes: Why do want this position?
Alex Baldonado: I want to get involved in using athletics to grow school spirit, increasing sustainability, and improving off campus housing.
At-Large Bjorn Thyrring: What are you involved in right now?
Alex Baldonado: I’m joining the golf club and I’m in the TKE fraternity.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked Alex Baldonado to leave the room. She asked the senate for comments or concerns about his confirmation. Hearing none, Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by First Year Senator Mai Sinada, which was seconded by Sophomore Senator David Warne. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll and Alex Baldonado was approved as a Junior Senator.
Confirm and Swear in Spirit Chair
Senate Chair Aly Motzel announced that Asa Sweetser was the candidate for Spirit and Tradition Chair and then invited her to the center of the room and asked her to introduce herself. Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked if the senate had any questions for Asa Sweetser.
At-Large Senator Erik Echeona: Why do you want this position?
Asa Sweetser: Lack of spirit is the number one complaint I from students. We are the oldest school in California, I think we can definitely start or find old traditions to bring spirit to our campus.
Junior Senator Rory Pannkuk: How would you start to grow school spirit?
Asa Sweetser: I would use Ruff Riders and raise awareness for sports. I would consider a social media campaign and I would like to have more traditions.
Senior Senator Amy Monzon: Do you have any tradition ideas?
Asa Sweetser: A freshman year letter to yourself that you get back your senior year. Doing that during orientation would be a good time to do it.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked Asa Sweetser to leave the room. She 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 Asa Sweetser was approved as Spirit and Tradition Chair and sworn in.
6. EXECUTIVE BRANCH UPDATES
Public Relations VP Maggie Hurlbut: Polos are in. I hired a bronco news and assistant editor, to be confirmed next week. Senator office hours will be sent out this week on our email.
Community Development VP Elena Radding: Our two events last week, Lester Dean’s Last Lecture and the State Senator event, went well.
Finance VP Ben Rhoades: Please get your gas reimbursements in. Our office managers are doing well.
Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog: Our Meet the Justices event went well. We will present nonmaterial changes next week. Tuesday of Week Three during Winter Quarter there will be a pre law panel event.
Vice President Sam Perez: On 11/29 in the Graham Commons from 5:30-7:15 is our town hall. All senators need to be there. CAPs online is still continuing. Bridge the Gap is on Monday November 27th at 5:45 PM in the Williman room. We will send out a survey for Can’t Thread a Moving Needle to get student input. I am scheduling a meeting with Father Engh about getting condoms on campus. Jack and I had a meeting with the University Budgeting Council and we asked for a 10 percent increase in our funding for RSO’s. Red Cup Pick Up is this Sunday for those who missed senate retreat.
President Jack Herstam: Malley Fitness Center updates will happen over winter break. Meeting with the head of core classes in a continuation of what we talked about at retreat. I am going on a ride along with the Santa Clara Police Department and I will report back.
7. COMMITTEE UPDATES
COMM - We are tabling Friday November 10th from 12:30 to 2:30 because basketball season starts tomorrow. We are also tabling on Tuesday November 14th from 11:40 to 2:30 for the game on Wednesday the 15th. We may be storming Benson on Monday to get hype for the game. The basketball game on Wednesday the 15th is Beat Nevada Neon Night. The TLC and the MCC are collaborating to have an event on Friday November 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Sobrato Commons with a panel of Muslim women and the proceeds will go to NISA. Food will be provided.
CUIC - Red Cup Pick Up is at 10:30 this Sunday. The 4th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is taking place on November 30th from 6:00 to 6:30 PM in front of the Mission Church.
FOC - We will be working on planning the Malley Fitness Center updates.
SAC - We funded two small requests this week.
8. NEW BUSINESS
RSO Status Bylaw Presentation
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog to come the the front of the room and present the bylaw change (attached).
Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog: This would change the time frame of RSO status forms. Right now clubs have only one day to turn in the forms and then make a presentation. This change gives them two days.
Sophomore Senator David Warne: RSO’s would submit DFRS on Monday, not Wednesday. This will make the bylaw clearer. We are trying to get all of our rso presentations on one senate.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked if the senate had any questions.
First Year Senator Kyle Andrews: Could we move the voting dates back so that first years can create more clubs?
Sophomore Senator David Warne: AS far as we know, t is not too early. We haven’t had any problems in the past.
First Year Senator Sahill Sagar: So is the goal to move dates up?
Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog: Yes, it will give them more of a chance to prepare.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel: We will vote next week. Please reach out to constituents to get their input.
9. OLD BUSINESS
No old business.
New Ad Hoc Committee
Senate Chair Aly Motzel: Neil and Lydia from last year were working with the Silicon Valley Leadership Council and I am meeting with Neil to start working with them.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Adjournment was approved by Senior Senator Angelica Fuentes and seconded by Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell. Senate Chair Aly Motzel called the November 2, 2017 meeting of the Santa Clara University Senate to a close at 9:25 PM.
12. ROLL CALL
Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll at 9:25 PM.