Minutes of the SCU Student Senate Meeting January 25, 2018
Senate Chair Aly Motzel
Parliamentarian Paul Armstrong
Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal
First Year Senators:
Payton Dizney Swanson
1. CALL TO ORDER
Senate Chair Aly Motzel called the January 25, 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. Senior Senator Angelica Fuentes recited the invocation.
2. ROLL CALL
Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal 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 Robbie Nunes and seconded by Junior Senator Victoria Linares.
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. Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked that the date on the previous minutes be corrected so that it read “18th,” instead of “21st.” No other questions or comments were put forward, and the agenda was approved by At-Large Senator Payton Dizney Swanson and seconded by At-Large Senator Kayla Williams.
5. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS
Senate Speaker Kathy Kale: Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations
Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Kathy Kale, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations, to give a presentation on SCU’s Alumni Strategic Plan. Her presentation is succinctly summarized below:
What is your most important priority as SCU’s Student Senate?
You are constantly asking that question; it changes
What is the Alumni Association’s priority?
Alumni Strategic Plan
University launched the Integrated Strategic Plan
Did not include the alumni, however
We found that to be a huge problem
We benchmarked with companies and other universities and did a survey
92% were very/somewhat pleased with their life as a student
82% have a current good opinion
Alumni, however, don’t feel as connected or as part of the SCU community
Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked Kathy Kale for her presentation and asked if there were any questions for her.
Senior Senator Amy Monzon: We should get alumni to the home games here at Santa Clara because they do a good job of seeing the Broncos play when they are on the road.
Kathy Kale: Absolutely, that’s a perfect way to get alumni involved.
6. EXECUTIVE BRANCH UPDATES
Public Relations VP Maggie Hurlbut: Mission City Creamery video is out, everyone should share it tonight! Helen will be our first senator spotlight with a video about her Ecopass project.
Community Development VP Elena Radding: Campus safety survey has gone out and Educated Partier went well - 17 houses came. Bronco week was a success! 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: PDF of guidelines have been posted on the Facebook page. Our budget presentation is also coming soon.
Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog: The pre-law panel went extremely well with great attendance.
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. One of my professors had a wellness policy on their syllabus and she is working on a wellness policy that could go towards title IX. I am working on a resolution to get a mental health clause in all syllabi. Helen Kassa and Rory Pannkuk are new co-chairs of Bridge the Gap.
President Jack Herstam: Key administrators are coming your way to speak with you. The Campus Climate Survey came 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. I met with trustees and talked about supporting students on campus and building spirit. The new residence hall is going up and the new law school is done and will start giving tours soon. GED is mental health initiative and wants to evaluate the role of greek life in mental health. Student life sent out a letter of support to those affected to DACA and Sam and I signed that letter as individuals, not as ASG.
7. COMMITTEE UPDATES
COMM - We tabled with the CIty of Santa Clara.
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. RCPU is this Sunday. We are planning a movie night on-campus.
FOC - We are working on: a new student involvement survey, a student housing union, nap pods, and a resolution on increasing professor diversity. We have met with Jeanne about Nap Pods and we will pilot it.
SAC - We will have 6 +1000 dollar request during week six.
8. NEW BUSINESS
RSO Status Proposals
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked Sophomore Senator David Warne to give a summary of what the senate should look for and how the presentations are structured.
Sophomore Senator David Warne explained that presentations will be under five minutes and that the senate should focus on the constitutions and the impact on the student body. There is a limit of three questions per presentations and I will reach out if we have additional questions or concerns. Senators should look to the RSO constitutions if they have concerns. (All proposed RSO constitutions are attached).
Sports Business Club
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked the Sports Business 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:
Will focus on marketing, data analysis, and all aspects of sports business
New and unique club
It is a subdivision of the Leavey School of Business
Want to have speakers come
Would like to eventually contribute to growing scu sports
Have at least five meetings per quarter
Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked the senate if they had any questions for the Sports Business Club.
Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell: How many people are interested?
Answer: I have at least 15 interested
Senior Senator Amy Monzon: I would suggest professor Andrew Isaac as an advisor. He teaches sports business for Leavey.
Answer: We will reach out to him.
First Year Senator Sahill Sagar: What would you discuss at the meetings?
Answer: We would do simulations and take field trips.
Effective Altruism Santa Clara
Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked the Sports Business Club for their presentation and invited Effective Altruism Santa Clara to present for the senate. Andrew Talley gave a presentation that laid out the focus of the club and why it merited RSO status. He said of the proposed club:
We ask what is the most effective way to make the world a better place?
Giving to the worst off does the most good, foreign aid is more effective, supporting humanity's long-term prosperity has enormous benefits
There are no “right” answers because we have to keep improving and asking more questions
This club is broader than other RSOs
Aligns well with SCU values and learning goals
Will help students learn how they can improve the world around them
Bi-weekly meetings to discussions
Would like to bring in speakers
Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked the senate if they had any questions for Effective Altruism Santa Clara.
First Year Senator Mai Sinada: Are you teaching people how to improve the world?
Answer: Yes, specifically how you can use your career and resources to do the most good possible. Discuss what charities are the most effective.
First Year Senator Kyle Andrews: How many people are interested?
We have 15, but with more marketing and recruitment I believe we can increase that.
Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell: Does your RSO overlap with any existing RSOs?
Answer: We could collaborate with some specific clubs for fundraising, but this club is broader. It analyses causes in general.
Santa Clara University’s Music Appreciation Club
Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked Effective Altruism Santa Clara for their presentation and invited the Santa Clara University Music Appreciation Club to present for the senate. Mollie Regan and Hayley Milgrom gave a presentation that laid out the focus of the club and why it merited RSO status. They said of the proposed club:
Mollie would be President
Sam would be Vice President
Hayley would be Treasurer
Would be an open dialogue about music to bring people together
No overlap with KSCU; it has an emphasis on broadcasting
Our club would be focused creating playlists, social media, and enjoying music to bring people of all kinds together
25-30 people interested
Could grow into a blog, review albums, etc.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked the senate if they had any questions for the Santa Clara University Music Appreciation Club.
Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell: Why is it inexpensive?
Answer: No dues and we can meet anywhere.
At-Large Senator Payton Dizney Swanson: How many people are interested?
Answer: We had 25 people when we submitted and we now have about 50.
First Year Senator Ciara Moezidis: Could you organize trips to concerts?
Answer: Yes, we could help each other cut down on the costs of going to concerts.
At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: How does RSO status help you?
Answer: Music is an easy and meaningful connection. Mollie had this club in high school and she made connections with teachers and students. There’s a club at Boston College that has 50 people every week at their meetings.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked the Santa Clara University Music Appreciation Club for their presentation and invited the Cryptocurrency Club to present for the senate. Tommy and Jake gave a presentation that laid out the focus of the club and why it merited RSO status. They said of the proposed club:
Discusses blockchain behind it
Explore current uses and future
Examine decentralized system
Talk about the pros and cons of cryptocurrencies
Talk about red flags in a new coin
Inviting guest speakers, go to crypto meetings in san jose and sf
Over 30 people interested
Provides an opportunity to learn about cryptocurrency
Samantha Kibbish is advisor
Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked the senate if they had any questions for the Cryptocurrency Club.
Sophomore Senator David Warne: Is it too broad?
Answer: No, there is so much information about just one coin and there are new coins coming out all of the time.
At-Large Senator Rahaima Choudhry: Are you two invested?
Yes, but we will not be an investment club.
Junior Senator Rory Pannkuk: Do you plan on requesting funding
Senior Senator Gerome Yabut: Do you have to have computer or technical skills?
Answer: No, we will be learning together.
Santa Clara University Barbell
Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked the Santa Clara University Music Appreciation Club for their presentation and invited the Santa Clara University Barbell 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:
Want to create a weightlifting community on campus
Help anyone reach their goals
Prepare for powerlifting competition
Education and mentorship
Video tutorials and goal setting at meetings
Life tips, meal prepping, stress, sleep
Cameron Cabello is staff advisor
He has competed in powerlifting competitions
Go to expos and have guest speakers
For transportation, registration for powerlifting meets, purchasing workout programs, paying speakers
Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked the senate if they had any questions for the Santa Clara University Barbell Club.
Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell: Is there a liability concern?
Answer: Our founders have been powerlifting for years and can teach others. Cameron Berlow is certified.
Junior Senator Alex Baldonado: Where do you plan on lifting?
Answer: In Malley on our own time.
At-Large Senator Rahaima Choudhry: Would you ask members for dues?
Answer: Yes, but only around 20 dollars a year.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked the Santa Clara Barbell Club for their presentation and invited Ben Roades, Vice President of Finance, to give a ASG budget presentation. His presentation is summarized below:
We have a budget of $35k for the year
President's discretionary is $7k for the year
There is no more debt
We spent $18k in the Fall Quarter
New rule is $20 per person reimbursement for committee diners
Avoid petty cash, use the reimbursement, need itemized receipts
Keep putting on events and doing projects, we have the money
Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked Ben Roades for his presentation.
9. OLD BUSINESS
RSO Status Voting
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked Sophomore Senator David Warne to give a summary of what he had looked into on the behalf of the senate on last week’s presentations.
Sophomore Senator David Warne gave updates on each:
Taekwondo Club: Samantha Kibbish said there is no conflict with campus recreation.
Skate Club: No issues.
Diabetes Awareness Club: No issues.
Investment Club: They cannot invest under their own name and have to have a faculty advisor. Samantha Kibbish said she will take care of it.
Cru: Other religious clubs feel that they don’t overlap.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked David and asked if there were any further questions or concerns.
First Year Senator Sahill Sagar: There is not much interest in the Diabetes club.
At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring: Just because there’s a small amount of people with Diabetes does not exclude people from joining.
Sophomore Senator David Warne: They weren’t that prepared with prospective members.
Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa: Once they are a club they will have better ways of recruiting members.
At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring: Isee where David is coming from, but we have that kind of problem with a lot of clubs.
First Year Senator Sahill Sagar: Do the Investment Club and the Cryptocurrency Club overlap?
At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: I see the value in both. Cryptocurrency is super dense and needs that focus.
Junior Senator Rory Pannkuk: There is a strong need for an investment club, but I am less sure about the Cryptocurrency Club.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked if the senate had any more questions. Hearing none, she asked for a motion to white ballot. The motion to while ballot was made by At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring and seconded by Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell. Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by Junior Senator Rory Pannkuk, which was seconded by Sophomore Senator David Warne. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll and all five RSOs were approved.
Tabling and Office Hours
Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Parliamentarian Paul Armstrong to present the guidelines and sign-up process for office hours to the senate.
Parliamentarian Paul Armstrong: Week five tabling sign ups are on Facebook and the dates have been finalized. On every Sunday i will send out an office hour verification form.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked if there were any questions.
At-Large Senator Kayla Williams: Could we move our table to library-side Benson?
Parliamentarian Paul Armstrong: I will talk to Samantha Kibbish.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked Parliamentarian Paul Armstrong for his presentation. She then asked how many people read the minutes and RSO constitutions.She asked that more mistakes be caught in the meeting minutes and better questions for the RSO presentations.
Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Adjournment was approved by Junior Senator Victoria Linares and seconded by At-Large Senator Kayla Williams. Senate Chair Aly Motzel called the January 25, 2018 meeting of the Santa Clara University Senate to a close at 8:55 PM.
12. ROLL CALL
Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll at 8:55 PM.