Senate Meeting Minutes :: 1.18.18 :: Week 2

January 30, 2018

Minutes of the SCU Student Senate Meeting January 18, 2018

 

Members Present:

Senate Chair Aly Motzel

 

First Year Senators:

Sahil Sagar

Kyle Andrews

Mai Sinada

Ciara Moezidis

Robbie Nunes

 

Sophomore Senators:

Avery James

Duncan McDonell                         

Helen Kassa

David Warne   

Mackenzie Bartz  

Junior Senators:

Rory Pannkuk

Victoria Linares  

Jack Codiga

Senior Senators:

Amy Monzon

Angelica Fuentes

Mayron Mulugeta    

Thayne Kollmorgen

Gerome Yabut

At-Large Senators:

Erik Echeona           

Nithya Vemireddy

Kristin Godfrey

Payton Dizney Swanson

Kayla Williams

Bjorn Thyrring

Kristin Godfrey

 

Members Absent:

Parliamentarian Paul Armstrong     

Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal

Alex Perlman

Alex Baldonado

Annie Martin

Rahaima Choudhry

 

1. CALL TO ORDER

Senate Chair Aly Motzel called the January 18, 2018 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 First Year Senator Mai Sinada 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 At-Large Senator Payton Dizney Swanson and seconded by Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell.

 

5. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS

 

Senate Speaker

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Father Engh, President of Santa Clara University, to give a presentation on SCU’s Strategic Plan 2020.

  • Strategic Plan 2020 Summary

    • Refreshed every 8-10 years; what do we need now? How should we move the university forward? What resources do we need?

    • We have a planning council meeting once a month to discuss the major points as they grow and change

    • Recently, the biggest improvement came out of the diversity and inclusion division

      • During the state of the university address, they raised $10 million to be dedicated to diversity and inclusion goals

      • Their campaign has raised $78 million for student scholarships and the goal is $180 million

      • They also worked to gain a diverse staff that could give the best preparation

    • Goals within the plan:

      • Transformative Jesuit Education

        • Art and art history, engineering, law school; all new buildings

        • Introduced technology and good seating; renovating residence halls; January 30th beginning of building a new residence hall that will house 360 students

      • Engagement with Silicon Valley and the Globe

        • Global Social Benefits Program that is fully funded

        • Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship

      • Advance Contemporary Theological Studies

        • Offers masters degrees and doctorates on Berkeley campus

      • Increase Diversity Access and Affordability

        • 20% has to be raised outside of the student’s tuition to cover the cost of the average student. That’s why there are endowments that are later invested.

        • 24% of students pay the full cost whether thru loans, grants or work study

        • State of CA and the federal government isn’t investing in higher education like it used to; eliminating pell grants, scholarships, funding programs, etc.

      • Raising Reputation and National Visibility of SCU

        • Nationwide Rhodes Scholarship (32 are given a year; 3 rhodes scholars in 8 years)

        • Ongoing work to revamp the athletic program

    • Current Campus Issues:

      • Statements that have been made about DACA, an issue that has profound ethical dimensions

      • Salvadorans that came as refugees 20 years ago that now have to go back to El Salvador

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked Father Engh for his presentation and asked if there were any questions for him.

 

Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell: What’s the most important issue that SCU is facing?

 

SCU President Father Engh: Finances. We have programs like this one so that we can stay on top our budgets and continue to improve rather than stagnate.

 

Senior Senator Thayne Kollmorgen: What are the top costs to educate students?

 

SCU President Father Engh:

  • Salary

  • Benefits

  • Health Care

  • Retirement; all of that is like ⅔ of the budget

  • Also, maintenance because we need to hire more staff to clean the buildings that we are gaining because our campus is growing

  • 5% of the budget goes towards the library

 

At-Large Senator Kayla Williams: Another campus climate survey is coming out soon, what results do you think you'll see from it?

 

SCU President Father Engh: We need to get a benchmark from where we are to see how we can measure how to get there. I think we're gonna find areas for improvement. I believe it will focus on a greater desire for diversity, other advising programs, and student tuition.We won’t get the results until next October, however.

 

At-Large Senator Kayla Williams: Is there any way to filter out the fact that there may be a skewed answer because only people that really feel strongly will complete the survey?

 

SCU President Father Engh: The people who are conducting this survey are very scientific nad accurate with their methods, but you can never guarantee that there won't be one group lobbying for one aspect of change.

 

Junior Senator Rory Pannkuk: What are ways that other schools are actively try to manage those costs?

 

SCU President Father Engh: We did a program called sustaining excellence; how can we use this campus over the summer and generate finances through that? Could we do registration and orientation towards the end of the summer? We would save money that way so that other things can be done on campus like high school summer camps.

 

At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring: There have been problems in terms of housing and overcrowding; some sophomores can't even get guaranteed housing. How can we address this issue?

 

SCU President Father Engh: We are building a new residence hall. We are considering the development of a new residence hall across the street from Swig. Apartment buildings like the Domicilio Apartments will be built near the train station so that people commuting to tech jobs can live there and as well as students. On the other side of the train tracks the City of Santa Clara is developing a 400 unit apartment building.

 

Student Body Vice President Sam Perez: SCU is becoming a GED campus, are there any ways you’re gonna be addressing mental health on campus?

 

SCU President Father Engh: We are hiring additional staff so that we can offer psychological services and suicide prevention services on campus.

 

First Year Senator Mai Sinada: How can we give more support for underrepresented groups?

 

SCU President Father Engh: If we want more diversity on campus than we need more diversity services. SCU 2020 is asking and asking questions like yours and others.What are we lacking? What should we be providing? How can we provide it?

 

First Year Senator Sahil Sagar: When it comes to graduate research, is SCU trying to push more research?

 

SCU President Father Engh: We evaluate faculty based on what they are doing to contribute to their field. We have to fund a lot of faculty research through getting grants. It is difficult because the federal government is cutting back on research.

 

At-Large Senator Payton Dizney Swanson: It seems like the campus is doing a lot of long-term things; is there anything taking place right now?

 

SCU President Father Engh: To be an accredited university we need to be evaluated by an outside accreditor and they demand continuous improvement as they help us pinpoint our strengths and weaknesses. We had an 8% increase in applications this year.

Senior Senator Angelica Fuentes: What advice do you have for the seniors in ASG?

 

SCU President Father Engh: First, avoid Senioritis. Make sure you have a fun class during your last quarter. Take some time to reflect. What have you gained at SCU? How are you a different person? Is your passion more obvious?

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked Father Engh for his presentation and for his time.

 

6. EXECUTIVE BRANCH UPDATES

 

Public Relations VP Maggie Hurlbut: Asked to Swear In Bryn Pellowe as Assistant Bronco News Editor.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited her to the center of the room and asked her to introduce herself. Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked if the senate had any questions for Bryn Pellowe.

 

At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring: What does your position entail?

Bryn Pellowe: We are working on covering the ecopass project right now.

 

First Year Senator Mai Sinada: What skills are you bringing to the table?

Bryn Pellowe: I’m enthusiastic about showcasing the amazing work you all do.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked Bryn Pellowe to leave the room. She asked the senate for comments or concerns about her confirmation. Hearing none, she asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by At-Large Senator Kayla Williams, which was seconded by Junior Senator Victoria Linares. Acting Pro-Tempore Ciara Moezidis took roll and Bryn Pellowe was approved as the Assistant Bronco News Editor.

 

Public Relations VP Maggie Hurlbut: It is Bronco Week! The Bronco News just interviewed Mission City Creamery about their closing. We’re also working on Helen’s ecopass project video.

 

Community Development VP Elena Radding: We just had a pizza tailgate. We are tabling from 12:30-2:30. There will be a big pony leaving at 4:15 before the game. Educated Partiers will have their meeting next weekend to get their first fee waived. SCC is having an event on January 26th. Cruz Medina’s last lecture is coming up. Pop The Bubble event is also on the horizon.

 

Finance VP Ben Rhoades: I am working on a PDF of guidelines to post on the Facebook page. Our budget presentation is also coming soon.

 

Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog: We are hosting a Pre-Law panel in Kenna 310 this on Tuesday the 23rd of January.

 

Vice President Sam Perez: I am working on a Muslim outreach project with Helen and Rahaima; there are a certain amount of students who are muslim and have been admitted but accepted.There is an issue of biased conduct guidelines regarding sexual assault in the student handbook. I am working on a solution with others and we are planning to sit down with Jeanne Rosenberger to discuss it.  I am also waiting for an update from Jeanne about contraception and the Can’t Thread a Moving Needle video. There is a Bridge the Gap Committee meeting this week. One of my professors had a wellness policy on their syllabus and she working on a wellness policy that could go towards title IX.

 

President Jack Herstam: Key administrators are coming your way to speak with you. Sam and I had lunch with the Catalan Club; a group of 200 women donors to SCU that fund $20,000 in scholarships. The Campus Climate Survey comes out the 23rd of January and all ASG members should complete it. The GED is a check on higher learning institutions to see if they are providing adequate service across the board; from recreation to campus ministry.

 

7. COMMITTEE UPDATES

 

COMM - Athletics tables at 10 AM near the Bronco statue and ASG is going give out tickets at that time. We are introducing a real pony to hype people up before the game.

 

CUIC - Committee Member’s Projects: First Year Senator Ciara Moezidis: Working to convert tiny house into a student lounge. Senior Senator Mayron Mulugeta: Working to help seniors with job search. At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring: Working on mental health awareness. At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: Working on improving attendance of queer community to events. First-Year Senator Robbie Nunes: Working to improve registration times for classes.

 

FOC - No new updates.

 

SAC - We will have 6 +1000 dollar request during week six.

 

8. NEW BUSINESS

 

RSO Status Proposals

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel explained that presentations will be under five minutes and that the senate should focus on the constitutions if they have concerns. (All proposed RSO constitutions are attached).

 

Santa Clara University Investment Club RSO Proposal

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked the Santa Clara University Investment Club to present for the senate. Alex Tay and Brandon Yup gave a presentation that laid out the focus of the club and why it merited RSO status. They said of the proposed club:

  • Several colleges have clubs like this

  • The goal is to look into and be educated on companies specific to a person’s major or interests; not just a stock club

  • Experiencing stock trading; certain techniques that you won't just learn through explaining, but through realistic simulations without the monetary risk

  • We hope to engage club members through sectors or committees which are elements of the stock market

  • In finding student interests in our club, students who showed an interest tended to be very serious about the club; 70% participation rate to maintain membership

  • It has a broad appeal because of the sectors

  • For the club there will be a lot of teamwork which is discussing cooperation and revenue scenes; engaging learning that you cannot get in the classroom

  • High participation rate, but students are serious about the club

  • Events are ideally once a month; club meetings once a week

  • Constitution leaves leniency depending on what majors there are

  • Want ways to make money on the side benefit the club

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked the senate if they had any questions for the Santa Clara University Investment Club.

 

Junior Senator Rory Pannkuk: What are your goals? Who is your faculty advisor?

Answer: Samantha Kibbish and possibly professors in the business school. We want to have guest speakers.

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne: You mentioned the 70% participation rate; why?

Answer: The reason is because after reading a lot on it a lot of sectors have to stay on top of it to be able to pitch it to the group

Senior Senator Angelica Fuentes: What is the tangible number of students interested?

Answer: Twenty-five to thirty students.

 

Cru Club RSO Proposal

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked the Santa Clara University Investment Club for their presentation and invited the Cru Club to present for the senate. Clarisse, Christie and Mark gave a presentation that laid out the focus of the club and why it merited RSO status. They said of the proposed club:

  • All three founding members are recent transfers from University of Washington and at SCU they realized that they couldn’t find a particular fit in the ministries here

  • Cru will help students to come to know Jesus, and go out into the world

  • CRU has 2,000 ministries across the US; Particularly protestant christian, has staff members, tied to a national network; summer internships, study abroad programs

  • CRU differs from CORE, younglife, etc. because of its focus on nationwide programs for college students.

  • We really want to build a community that has study groups, mentorships and the ability to equip individuals with the tools for life

  • Connects with national headquarters

  • 12 people have been interested in leading and 20+ want to join

  • We think that it will have the ability to tap into students who haven’t reached their faith

  • No funding; CRU has a funding allocation program twice a month and there will be fundraisers

  • General meetings will be once a week

  • Staff Advisor: Professor Eric Yang

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked the senate if they had any questions for the Cru Club.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel: How can you do outreach through the club?

Answer: Through the national network and through SCU connections between students on campus. We have been reaching out to people who haven’t found an organization they fit into yet.

 

Santa Clara College Diabetes Network RSO Proposal

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked the Cru Club for their presentation and invited the Santa Clara Diabetes Club to present for the senate. Emma Smith gave a presentation that laid out the focus of the club and why it merited RSO status. She said of the proposed club:

  • Both officers have Type 1 Diabetes

  • 95% of those with diabetes have type 2

  • It is difficult to have control over it and it is very important because moving away from your parents can cause diabetes burnout leading to blindness, amputation and other health problems

  • The club aims to improve the lives of students who suffer from Type 1 diabetes

  • We want to find other Type 1’s at SCU and engage with the whole student population to increase awareness

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked the senate if they had any questions for the Santa Clara Diabetes Club.

 

Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell: What funding needs do you anticipate?

Answer: $50 a meeting from the national organization will cover whatever we need.

 

At-Large Senator Payton Dizney Swanson: Do you know people who want to join?

Answer: Thats been an issue because it would be a challenge. We are going to table and ask the health center to send out an email about the club.

 

Junior Senator Rory Pannkuk: Is this club primarily devoted to T1 diabetes?

Answer: It is for anyone who has diabetes.

 

SCU Skateboarding Club RSO Proposal

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked the Santa Clara Diabetes Club for their presentation and invited the SCU Skateboarding Club to present for the senate. They gave a presentation that laid out the focus of the club and why it merited RSO status. They said of the proposed club:

  • Dexter Zavala: Faculty Advisor

  • Key points:

    • Build stronger community of skateboarders

    • Open to everyone

  • 40 people on the Skateboarders of SCU page

  • Opportunities to go to competitions, video premieres, etc.

  • Offer learn to skateboard classes

    • Lessons or classes because skateboarding is dangerous

  • Skateboarder equipment maintenance

  • Make contact with people who are in the skateboard industry to do stuff like skateboarding talks or industry trade shows

  • Partner programs like:

    • Skate after school-lower income areas: get kids off the streets by getting on the streets

    • Pushing for Pink: fundraisers for breast cancer

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked the senate if they had any questions for the SCU Skateboarding Club.

 

Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell: What funding needs do you anticipate?

Answer: We don’t need any funding.

 

SCU History Club RSO Proposal

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked the SCU Skateboarding Club for their presentation and invited the SCU History Club to present for the senate. They gave a presentation that laid out the focus of the club and why it merited RSO status. They said of the proposed club:

  • The goal is to have students share their love for history

  • We want a broader community

  • Informal meetings weekly

  • Last year the club was very small; it was between 5-20 members

  • We are a unique club and hope to have around 3 events a year

    • There was movie night in the library, pizza with professors, secret hitler, ad an alumni career night

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked the senate if they had any questions for the SCU History Club.

 

Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell: What funding needs do you anticipate?

Answer: It’s difficult to know because the history department is so small so we have to work closely with them.

 

First Year Senator Sahil Sagar: Do you plan on doing trips in the area?

Answer: Yes. Alcatraz, Angels Islands, etc.

 

Junior Senator Rory Pannkuk: Is this all types of history?

Answer: Yes. All the professors go to all the events

 

SCU Taekwondo Club RSO Proposal

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked the SCU History Club for their presentation and invited the SCU Taekwondo Club to present for the senate. They gave a presentation that laid out the focus of the club and why it merited RSO status. They said of the proposed club:

  • We want to make a place for people to train in taekwondo

  • A lot of people have experience in this and some people just want to learn

  • Karate and martial arts club are quite different and actually come from a taekwondo club

  • It will be student-led

  • We will meet twice a week for an hour

  • No membership dues

  • There are taekwondo places roughly 30 minutes away from campus so many people don’t go

  • One member has a third degree black belt and has been doing it for 9 years

 

Senior Senator Amy Monzon: Where would these practices take place?

Answer: Most likely the multi purpose room, but they are talking to Samantha Kibbish to find out for certain.

 

First Year Senator Sahil Sagar: Do you anticipate requesting funding?

Answer: It would be nice to have some funds for punching bags and other materials. I would like to do some sparring with equipment.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked the SCU Taekwondo Club for their presentation.

 

9. OLD BUSINESS

 

No old business.

 

10. ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Ad Hoc Presentation on the EcoPass Project

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa to present her EcoPass project to the senate. Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa said of the project:

  • First Year Senator Ciara Moezidis and At-Large Senator Erik Echeona have been helping with data synthesis

  • We are working to get direct bus routes to places SCU students want to go

  • We are also trying to get later buses because the latest one as of right now is at 8:30 PM

  • Students pay $2.25 for the bus

  • We are working with PR to do a 45 second promotional video

  • Right now it is not really an ad hoc committee because there are only three members

  • All three of us would like some help  from ASG members

 

Ad Hoc Presentation on Tuition Issues

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa for her presentation and then invited the Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell to present for the senate. He gave a presentation that laid out his focus upon tuition issues at SCU:

  • Father Engh’s most important issue on campus is how money is being spent

  • I want to invite you to join this committee

  • Our mission is to investigate how student tuition dollars are being spent

  • We want to meet with administrators and increase transparency

  • We want to be able to tell students exactly how the school is spending their tuition money

  • There was a 4.5% increase in tuition just this year

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell for his presentation to the senate.

 

11. ADJOURNMENT

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Adjournment was approved by Junior Senator Rory Pannkuk and seconded by Sophomore Senator David Warne. Senate Chair Aly Motzel called the January 18st, 2018 meeting of the Santa Clara University Senate to a close at 8:55 PM.

 

12. ROLL CALL

Acting Pro-Tempore Ciara Moezidis took roll at 8:55 PM.



 

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