Minutes of the SCU Student Senate Meeting November 16, 2017
Senate Chair Aly Motzel
Parliamentarian Paul Armstrong
First Year Senators:
Avery James Duncan McDonell
Payton Dizney Swanson
Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal
1. CALL TO ORDER
Senate Chair Aly Motzel called the November 16, 2017 meeting of the Santa Clara University Student Senate to order at 7:00 pm in the Williman Room of Benson.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked a member to read the invocation. First Year Senator Mai Sinada recited the invocation.
2. ROLL CALL
Acting Pro-Tempore Ciara Moezidis took roll at 7:05 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 At-Large Senator Kayla Williams.
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 At-Large Senator Kayla Williams and seconded by Sophomore Senator David Warne.
5. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS
Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Renee Baumgartner, Director of Athletics, to give a presentation on plans to increase school spirit and plans for changes to SCU athletics.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked Renee Baumgartner for her presentation and asked if there were any questions for her.
At-Large Senator Kayla Williams: What jobs will be offered for student athletes?
Director of Athletics Renee Baumgartner: We will work with the career center to help student athletes get jobs. If they really want to get the opportunity, they really could. 97% of SCU gets an internship or job post-grad.
First Year Senator Sahil Sagar: What are you asking us as student leaders to do?
Director of Athletics Renee Baumgartner: Try to come to MBB games because it will have a triple down effect; it's going to help admissions and fun and another plan we have is to possibly have alcohol beverages for 21+ in the near future
Sophomore Senator David Warne: Can ROTC get athletic standing?
Director of Athletics Renee Baumgartner: That won’t go through me and is out of my purview. I am not sure who that issue would go through.
At-Large Senator Rahaima Choudhry: Is the rough rider price the same for transfer students?
Director of Athletics Renee Baumgartner: We will make you a deal and do it yearly specifically for those transferring in.
Senior Senator Amy Mozon: What do you think of a Bronco ice cream flavor? I am going to meet with Bon Appetit.
Director of Athletics Renee Baumgartner: That sounds great!
Senate Chair Aly Motzel: I wish people were more active in publicizing. Could we use athletes to publicize their own events?
Director of Athletics Renee Baumgartner: I don’t think our student athletes would be against that.
First Year Senator Ciara Moezidis: Can you help us jumpstart the traditions?
Director of Athletics Renee Baumgartner: Yes, come to me for that please! Everyone needs to stampede, meaning stomp on the bleachers, until we score. Anything that we could start come to me and I will help!
Community Development VP Elena Radding: I am in charge of the committees that have the spirit chairs, and they’re meeting with Sarah Hubble to talk about leading a horse from dunne to the stadium.
Director of Athletics Renee Baumgartner: That’s awesome!
First Year Senator Mai Sinada: Santa Clara fight song is not really utilized. Could we bring it back?
Director of Athletics Renee Baumgartner: Yes, that’s a good idea and maybe we should implement that better into our events.
Director of Athletics Renee Baumgartner: When I ask people, “What’s the thing that shocks you about SCU?” they say the culture. Sections 101, 102, 103, they don’t do anything even when it’s the final ten seconds. Students need to be the heartbeat of the school. We really need to energize this team.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked Renee Baumgartner again and then invited Mike Nuttall to take feedback and questions on the Sustaining Excellence Commission.
Mike Nuttall: Right now we are in the middle of getting feedback. I want to capture information and feedback from a bunch of different sources. Does anyone have feedback or questions?
Senior Senator Gerome Yabut: People at the townhall said it was very boring; it’s hard to relate to and some of the documents were vague.
Mike Nuttall: I hear you and there’s a variance in the documents. Some of them are simple and some of them are complex. There’s limitations in terms of the level of content we can utilize.
At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: Can you go over more about branding?
Mike Nuttall: We want to revamp the brand. We need consistency.
At-Large Senator Rahaima Choudhry: With the staffing review what are you looking to do?
Mike Nuttall: Salaries and benefits are the most stuff we are funding. We are thinking for high impact, those are the ways to do so. We are asking questions like, “Does it help to cut costs or increase services for the same costs thru outsourcing?” and, “Is it worthwhile to dedicate these extensions to these certain things?”
At-Large Senator Erik Echeona: Regarding corporate sponsorships, what companies specifically?
Mike Nuttall: We have a team on that right now, but there’s only three people. They are looking more at foundations rather than companies as of right now.
At-Large Senator Payton Disney Swanson: Have you established criteria on who can sponsor things?
Mike Nuttall: The team and director of university relations and VP of advancement have that job and evaluate the viability of sponsors. We have a high threshold for any entity to enter into a relationship with SCU.
First Year Senator Kyle Andrews: Orientation the week before school allows for students to keep the relationships they have formed.
Senior Senator Mayron Mulugeta: Is there a way to transition into that orientation?
Mike Nuttall: I would require a long process, but there are a lot of institutions that have already done this which makes it easier for us to make that change.
First Year Senator Ciara Moezidis: I think that moving orientation to the week before school would be a good idea but I also think that we would need to break up the orientation sessions throughout so we can still offer small groups to allow for more intimate relationships to be easily made.
Sophomore Senator David Warne: Maybe we could do a one week orientation before the summer? That way people know if they actually want to go to the school.
Mike Nuttall: It's a big deal when numbers drop and students who pay the deposit decide not to come.
Sophomore Senator Avery James: The way orientation has been run, as an OL, has been really good experience, but I do think, like Ciara said, we need to have those intimate relationships
Mike Nuttall: Yes, we definitely will not go away from running this premiere orientation, but there's not a guarantee we can do that if we change things.
Finance VP Ben Rhoades: It would be difficult to have orientation to do it at the beginning of the summer bc of the Ols needing to be trained which is essential
At-Large Senator Erik Echeona: Why not have orientation with more OL members during the week before school. Small groups are important. So let's just get more OLs and even though it might be more money it can be offset by the programs during the summer.
First Year Senator Sahil Sagar: I wanted to talk about the financial plans. You guys are expecting endowments, which all seem like they maximize revenue by cutting down costs on other things. What is the backup if you don't get the expected amount of endowments?
Mike Nuttall: Should we tax gifts coming in? Probably not. We have a decentralized fundraising structure. We want folks to raise money for what they know best, but that also dispenses funding across a ton of people. But with endowments, if you find a donor, that means the funding source comes from the donor versus the actual university.
Sophomore Senator David Warne: I didn't see anything like this on the feedback form. Has the sustaining excellence program increased the scope of the program to increase the schools rankings nationwide?
Mike Nuttall: It's not a part of the sustaining excellence program, but comes from the goal of national strategic notoriety. The student to faculty ratio will always remain prominent. It's not worth sacrificing undergrad education to get more teachers or mess up the ratio.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked Mike Nuttall for his help and presence and asked senators to continue to continue to get student feedback on the Sustaining Excellence Commission.
Confirm and Swear in First Year Senator Candidate:
Senate Chair Aly Motzel announced that Robbie Nunes was the candidate for First Year 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 Robbie Nunes.
Sophomore Senator David Warne: What plans do you have?
Robbie Nunes: Tapingo can be really frustrating. I’d like to work to make that better.
First Year Senator Mai Sinada: What prompted you to do ASG?
Robbie Nunes: I love government and didn't take advantage of it in HS, but I wanted to do it in college because I want people to be heard.
Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa: Did you run initially?
Robbie Nunes: I did and I got blasted out of the water.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked Robbie Nunes to leave the room. She asked the senate for comments or concerns about his confirmation.
Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa: What set him apart from others?
Senate Chair Aly Motzel: His communication abilities, a great resume, and has the drive and the presence.
Sophomore Senator Avery James: I know Robbie and he is super driven and really wants to be in ASG.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel, hearing no more questions, asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by First Year Senator Kyle Andrews, which was seconded by At-Large Senator Erik Echeona. Acting Pro-Tempore Ciara Moezidis took roll and Robbie Nunes was approved as a First Year Senator.
6. EXECUTIVE BRANCH UPDATES
Public Relations VP Maggie Hurlbut: No announcements.
Community Development VP Elena Radding: Welcome to Finals (WTF) is going to happen. Bronco Week is January 16-19 and the Gonzaga MBB Game is January 20. City of SCC wants to do a popup in January and talk about revising the downtown. The off-campus chair is working with Title IX to work with off campus orientation for next year.
Finance VP Ben Rhoades: Please get your gas reimbursements in. We will have a budget presentation week one of next quarter.
Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog: We had a successful meet the justices event. We have looked at Jack Herstam’s recommendations and we want tolhave them ready for next quarter. We are planning a pre-law panel on January 27th and bringing in different members from law school, pre-law, and even from other schools.
Vice President Sam Perez: The survey for Can’t Thread a Moving Needle is out, please take time to fill it out. Bridging the gap is Monday November 27th. When It’s Not a Good Day to be a Bronco is on November 29th. Also on November 29th at 9:30 we are having a condom talk with Fr. Engh. If you have any issues come and help me, Duncan, Jelly, Annie and Bjorn because we are all gonna do the meeting. Erik and Sam are working on civic engagement initiative. I am meeting with Mayor Gilmore of Santa Clara over break about parking and other issues. If you have any other concerns just let me know.
President Jack Herstam: Over break the entire side of gym that has rubber mats is going to be redone, as are the basketball courts, and the outside kalisthenics are going to be completed as well. The SCU newspaper “For the Record” article has a pretty harsh view and other intentions were misunderstood. The exec team is going to come up with a response and try to have it published. The Santa Clara is no longer coming to senate meetings.
7. COMMITTEE UPDATES
COMM - Thank you for coming to the games and tabling. Kayla is going to meet with Ray about undocually training and she is also coming up with a bronco profile for any student that'll be posted on FB and bulletin board. Duncan and Amy are trying to get a customizable waffle iron.
CUIC - 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 - Malley isn’t allowing yoga classes through the Mindfulness Club so we will be working on that. We have an email out about orientation to get people to participate in the UPC feedback survey. Kyle is working on getting free scantrons and greenbooks and getting the printing money to go towards scantrons.
SAC - We are voting on the SAC bylaw change tonight.
8. NEW BUSINESS
Senate Project Tracker (WINGS and Weekly Email)
Senate Chair Aly Motzel announced that we would be using a senate project tracker through google docs. She also announced that the weekly email would feature senators to highlight specific events. She asked that in anyone had question to reach out to her or their committee chairs.
9. OLD BUSINESS
SAC Bylaw Voting
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked if there were any questions regarding last weeks proposed bylaw change. Hearing no more questions, she asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by First Year Senator Kyle Andrews, which was seconded by At-Large Senator Erik Echeona. Acting Pro-Tempore Ciara Moezidis took roll and the bylaw change was approved.
No new announcements.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Adjournment was approved by At-Large Senator Payton Dizney Swanson and seconded by Sophomore Senator David Warnel. Senate Chair Aly Motzel called the November 2, 2017 meeting of the Santa Clara University Senate to a close at 8:25 PM.
12. ROLL CALL
Acting Pro-Tempore Ciara Moezidis took roll at 8:25 PM.