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Senate Meetings Minutes :: 4.19.18 :: Week 3

May 4, 2018

Minutes of the SCU Student Senate Meeting April 19, 2018

 

Members Present:

Senate Chair Aly Motzel     

Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal

  

First Year Senators:

Kyle Andrews

Sahil Sagar

Mai Sinada

Robbie Nunes

Ciara Moezidis

 

Sophomore Senators:

David Warne   

Mackenzie Bartz  

Helen Kassa

Duncan McDonell  

Avery James

 

Junior Senators:

Alex Perlman

Alex Baldonado

Rory Pannkuk

 

Senior Senators:

Gerome Yabut

Mayron Mulugeta

 

At-Large Senators:        

Bjorn Thyrring

Nithya Vemireddy

Kristin Godfrey

Kayla Williams

Payton Dizney Swanson

 

Members Absent:

Victoria Linares  

Rachel Wiggins

Thayne Kollmorgen

Angelica Fuentes

Amy Monzon

Rahaima Choudhry

Annie Martin

Erik Echeona      

 

1. CALL TO ORDER

Senate Chair Aly Motzel called the April 19th, 2018 meeting of the Santa Clara University Student Senate to order at 7:05 pm in the Williman Room of Benson.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked a member to read the invocation. Senior Senator Rory Pannkuk recited the invocation.

 

2. ROLL CALL

Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal  took roll at 7:06 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. Hearing none, she asked for a motion to approve the agenda. The agenda was approved by First Year Senator Kyle Andrews and seconded by Junior Senator Alex Baldonado.

 

4. APPROVAL OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked the Senate to consider the previous week’s Meeting Minutes and requested questions and comments related to the minutes. Hearing none, she asked for a motion to approve the Minutes. The motion was made by First Year Senator Sahill Sagar and seconded by First Year Senator Mai Sinada.

 

5. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS

 

Senate Speaker Matt Quevedo

Representative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Matt Quevedo gave a presentation asking the Senate for an endorsement of Regional Measure 3. His presentation is summarized below.

  • The Silicon Valley Leadership Group began in 1998

  • Currently they are working on another traffic relief project, after succesfully supporting Measure B

    • Measure B is currently held up by a lawsuit

  • Regional Measure 3

    • 4.5 billion dollar funding for BART, the ferry system, extending Caltrain, creating a light-train that will carry 52 thousand daily riders

    • This measure will be on the June 5th ballot

    • Paid for by a gradual increase on the bridge tolls in the Bay Area

      • Currently, the Bay Area area pays less than New York and other metropolitan areas in bridge tolls

    • BART is coming to Santa Clara and San Jose

    • Build 300 new BART cars

    • Building new freeway express lanes

  • Traffic in the Bay Area is worse than it has ever been

  • A 2 million person population increase is coming in the next few years

  • These transportation projects are not funded by one agency - they are funded by local government, the state, and the federal government

  • Polling

    • 4,000 voters interviewed

    • 54 percent initially supported it, 60 percent supported it after more detail was provided on the projects

    • 60 percent of those polled take the bridges often

    • Broken down by income, every income bracket had over 50 percent support

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked Matt Quevedo for her presentation and asked if there were any questions for her.

 

At-Large Senator Kayla Williams: Is there any overlap between Measure B and this?

Answer: Yes, but Measure B was only for Santa Clara.

 

At-Large Senator Kayla Williams: Are you planning on doing any more polls?

Answer: We have done three and we don’t plan to do more. The current polling is statistically sound and we have no formal opposition to this. We have to think about this as a partnership for funding from regional, state and federal governments.

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne: Why are you asking for our support?

Answer: Students are getting more involved and all of the colleges in the bay area make up 100,000 voters in the Bay Area. That is tremendous power. We are coming to students and we are going to almost fourteen colleges in the bay area because we see the change that students can make.

 

Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell: How can we prove that these will help traffic?

Answer: The metro and the legislators identified these projects as a way to improve congestion. One out of every three train riders chooses not to take their car. Investing in the ferry system and train system help to encourage people not to take their cars.

 

First Year Senator Sahill Sagar: How much will these projects keep up with the population increase?

Answer: These are the projects that have been identified as best able to prevent that. We chose to invest in high density transportation.

 

Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa: We often choose to take the train to San Francisco and people are able to work on the train.

 

At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: I take BART a lot, how can it be made more efficient and reliable?

Answer: We are hiring an inspector general to oversee BART and there will be a committee to oversee the effective spending of funds. Many of these projects are on different timelines, but we will continue to evaluate.

 

At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: Will any of these funds be used to improve the current system?

Answer: Yes, that is the primary use for these funds to build new cars and also to expand bart.

 

First Year Senator Kyle Andrews: Do you think that this will be the last big transportation funding measure passed for a long time since Measure B was passed only two years ago?

Answer: The leadership group is looking into expanding more projects and that would require more measures and funding.

 

First Year Senator Kyle Andrews: Why were these not included in Measure B?

Answer: Measure B was only for Santa Clara so this bill is much more expansive.

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne: Would the decrease in the congestion lead to more people moving here?

Answer: We can’t foresee that, but we do see a large problem with traffic.

 

Senior Senator Mayron Mulugeta: Will this funding get BART to San Jose or will this require more funding?

Answer: In order to get funding from the federal government, we have to approve the funding first. We hope that the fed will help us and we are in better shape than any other transp project nationwide.

 

At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring: It seems like the burden of the cost is on the people who use the bridges, many of the people who are coming here are coming to work for the companies you represent. Why should the burden be on the working people?

Answer: In Measure B, the companies paid about 30 percent of the total amount of funds pulled from taxes from their corporate sales taxes.

 

Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa: Companies do often subsidize public transportation. Do they do anything else?

Answer: The government does also provide tax breaks for those who bike or use a motorcycle.

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne: can you speak more to why people are saying yes to this measure?

Answer: The eighteen person independent oversight committee will work with an independent auditor. Measure B did the same thing. The tax dollars go directly to the agency that has been approved by the voters. I also sit on a VTA committee and we just received the independent audit and if there has been mismanagement of funds that has to be taken public.

 

Election Committee Candidate Swear-In

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel invited Caleb to the front of the room and introduced him as a candidate for the Election Committee. She then asked the senate if they had any questions for him.

 

At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: Why do you want to be on this committee?

Answer: I am interested in seeing the auditing process. I want to see a fair election and help with that process.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel, hearing no more questions, asked Caleb to leave the room. She then asked if the senate had any comments on the candidate. for a motion to vote.

 

Junior Senator Rory Pannkuk: He is the best person for this job. I have been on committees with him before and he is an excellent member.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel, hearing no more questions, asked for a motion to vote. The motion to vote was given by At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring and seconded by First Year Senator Kyle Andrews. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll and Caleb was confirmed as a member of  the Election Committee and was subsequently sworn in.

 

6. EXECUTIVE BRANCH UPDATES

 

Public Relations VP Maggie Hurlbut: We are working with Victoria Juarez to create new Educated Partier t-shirts. Bronco bio expansion is going on with the help of Kayla Williams. We are putting together a video with the Wellness Center. We also working on a Judicial Newsletter and a PR campaign for BroncoPosi and ASG election information.

 

Community Development VP Elena Radding: Ro Khana represents our district in Congress and he is on the House Budget Committee which is one of the most important and powerful committees. Dates to know: Ro Khanna on Tuesday 5/1, 6-7 PM and Bronco Brawl on Thursday 5/10.

 

Finance VP Ben Rhoades: Office hours are on Wednesday from 11:45-1:00 and on Friday from 11:45-2:00.

 

Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog: We will have two students rights’ newsletters, one for on-campus and one for off-campus. We will send those out to PR in the next two weeks.

 

Vice President Sam Perez: Projects: Sexual Assault Awareness video with PRxDigital, Contraception Distribution Policy, Can’t Thread a Moving Needle follow up, Broncomobile, Bias Incident Tracker, and Peer Health Education. Dates to know: 5/16 at 5:00 PM is the Transition Ceremony at Mission Church and on 5/23 at 7:30 pm is the ASG Banquet.

 

President Jack Herstam: We are in the process of picking our valedictorian and our commencement speaker. We have made progress on the idea to pair Counseling Psychology and Cowell to provide student counseling with the help of Bjorn Thyrring. I am working on balancing the budget with Ben Rhoades. Sam Perez and I have finished the script for PRx digital. Dates to know: Bill Clinton is speaking at the SAP Center coming up on April 28th.

 

7. COMMITTEE UPDATES

 

COMM - We are working with Chegg to come on campus and talk about their paid opportunities and possible tabling event. We are collaborating with Mayron to launch some baseball initiatives to attract more students to the remaining games. We are putting together a Senior Appreciation Event and we will keep you updated. Committee Member’s Projects: Junior Senator Victoria Linares: Working with Rachel in creating van/ride sharing for student safety. At-Large Senator Kayla Williams: Letters to future leaders will be due sometime week 4 to hand out during transition senate. At-Large Senator Annie Martin: Working with the Wellness Center and PR in filming new Step Up video; please reach out to her if you would like to help. At-Large Senator Rahaima Choudhry: Helping SSA plan Langar happening this quarter. Also planning Spirituality Day with Campus Ministry. Dates to know: Take Back the Night 4/26.

 

CUIC - We are considering writing a resolution to advocate for a commuter lounge so that eh school knows how much the space is needed. Committee Member’s Projects: Senior Senator Mayron Mulugeta: Working on planning a lip sync battle with the MCC and a promotional video for baseball with CommDev. First Year Senator Ciara Moezidis: Working on “Earth Week” VTA Competition with Residence Halls and working with Peer Health Educators on Bronco Positivity event. Mental Health Awareness month is in May and I met with Daniel Aguilar to plan on who we can collaborate with to get out the Bronco Positivity Posters out in May. Please reach out to me if you can help me with graphic design and putting the posters together. Senior Senator Thayne Kollmorgen: Working on the Tuition Ad-Hoc Committee.  At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring: Working on drafting a proposal to give to administration to get QPR training for all first years. First Year Senator Robbie Nunes: Working on getting a commuter lounge in the Alumni Science building because we cannot get one put in the Finn Residence Hall. Dates to know: Lip Sync Battle with the MCC on April 27th at 6pm in the California Mission Room.

 

FOC - Helen is collaborating with CommDev to do a meet that candidates for county supervisor that will have Chick-fil-a. Please share the survey for the photo printer. Committee Member’s Projects: Sophomore Senator Helen Kassa: Working on getting backpack hangers for the library. Junior Senator Alex Perlman: The hammock poles will be put in on the Swig Lawn. Meeting with administration to plan the pilot program for Nap Pods. First Year Senator Kyle Andrews: Working to get a photo printer for the students. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal: Working on a new student involvement survey with Tedd Vanadilok and on a Contingent Faculty Union Resolution that will be presented next week. At-Large Senator Kristin Godfrey: Working on a resolution to increase professor diversity with Rahaima Choudhry. Junior Senator Rachel Wiggins: Working on a safe ride home program with Campus Safety. Also working with At-Large Senator Payton Dizney Swanson to plan a faculty appreciation event. Reach out to either of them if you would like to help or have faculty to invite. Sophomore Senator Avery James: Working on creating a way to beautify the construction fences on campus with art or informational posters. Reach out to her if you have any ideas or would like to help.

 

SAC - We are working on RSO reform with Sam Kibbish to streamline the RSO approval process and the maintenance of RSO program.

 

+ 1,000 Voting

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne presented the SAC funding recommendation for the KSA Culture Show. His presentation is summarized below:

  • We fully funded food

  • We took of 2000 from their entertainment request because we ant to encourage them to fundraise on their own and because it was their largest request

  • We almost fully funded their supplies

  • Total requested: $8584.83. Total Suggested: $6,400.00

  •  

Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked if the senate had any questions or concerns about the recommendation. Hearing none, she asked for a motion to vote. The motion was made by First Year Senator Kyle Andrews, which was seconded by Junior Senator Rory Pannkuk. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll and the recommendation was approved.

 

8. NEW BUSINESS

 

RSO Status Presentations

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne explained that presentations will be under five minutes and that the senate should focus on the constitutions if they have concerns. The senate should ask question abouts a club’s constitution, the structure, and how it will benefit SCU. There is a three question limit per presentation and all other concerns should be directed to me and I will relay them to the clubs. (All proposed RSO constitutions are attached).

 

FEAT (Fight to End Animal Torture)

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked the FEAT Club  to present for the senate. Jaqui Jones and Lauren Hewitt gave a presentation that laid out the focus of the club and why it merited RSO status. They said of the proposed club:

  • Currently there is no activism for animal rights, advocacy, or for veganism

  • Many students are looking to substitute plants for meats

  • Brings Jesuit values of social justice to animals, not just humans

  • Sam Kibbish is faculty advisor

  • We plan to have a weekly meeting and one or two events per month

  • We hope to increase membership though events, social media and giving students a voice

  • We have five officer roles and we will vote on their appointment

  • Event Ideas:

    • Bake sales, dinners from local restaurants, and bring in speakers and professors

    • Partnering with the Human League - a animal rights organization fighting to end factory farming in California and nationwide

    • They can train students to be experts on the dangers of factory farming

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked them for their presentation and asked if there were any questions for the presenters.

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne: Would you be open to members who are not vegetarian?

Answer: Absolutely.

 

First Year Senator Sahill Sagar: What will the main focus of the club be?

Answer: We want to bring animal activism to scu and the the california community

 

Junior Senator Alex Perlman: How did you gauge student interest?

Answer: We have asked students we received a lot of positive feedback. We have also estimated a positive reception based on our campus climate.

 

First Year Senator Mai Sinada: What do you want to get out of being an RSO?

Answer: Our club would benefit the SCU community at large and to raise awareness about how human choices affect animals.

 

SCU Tap Club

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked the SCU Tap Club to present for the senate. Ashley and Alyssa gave a presentation that laid out the focus of the club and why it merited RSO status. They said of the proposed club:

  • There are only tap classes on campus and no club

  • We want to provide a community and space for people who like to tap dance and to teach them new skills and dances

  • Pauline Kanter from the dance department is our advisor

  • We want to have one on-campus performance per quarter

  • We also want to put on a class for beginners and teach new people how to dance

  • We will vote to fill positions if someone steps down or graduates

  • We also plan to give a presentation at dance classes to get the word out

  • Our only requirement for joining is a basic knowledge of tap

    • Members do not have to perform

  • We had a meeting to gauge interest and we had fifteen people interested in joining

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked them for their presentation and asked if there were any questions for the presenters.

 

First Year Senator Mai Sinada: for elections, how are captains selected yearly?

Answer: We will have a discussion and then decide if we would like to vote.

 

First Year Senator Helen Kassa: Would you be requesting funding for costumes for dances?

Answer: We will cover that ourselves. The dance department rents tap shoes for 5 dollars per quarter.

 

Junior Senator Alex Perlman: I would suggest that you hold elections every year.

Answer: We will change our constitution to reflect that.

 

Active Minds

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked the Active Minds Club to present for the senate. McKenzie and Rafael gave a presentation that laid out the focus of the club and why it merited RSO status. They said of the proposed club:

  • We are a club oriented around advocacy and awareness for mental health of college students

  • We are backed by CAPS and Cowell

  • We are a national organization that serves college campuses

  • We were both part of NAMI rso, but the university has helped us in the transition to active minds because it focuses on college students

  • When I came into Santa Clara, I did see a mental health club like this. Nami lasted for two years and was successful, but we were limited by the lack of focus on college students and on our university

  • Active minds is by SCU students for Santa Clara

  • We are not giving advice; we are providing resources and advocating for improvement of services

  • We plan to work with CAPS, Cowell and the RLC’s on campus and they have expressed interest in doing that

  • We want to have weekly general meetings and bi-weekly board meetings with an emphasis on fundraising

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked them for their presentation and asked if there were any questions for the presenters.

 

At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: Since you are both seniors, how do you plan to have a successful transition?

Answer: There are almost 30 people in our groupme and many underclassmen are interested in leadership roles.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel: Has NAMI been officially disbanded?

Answer: Yes and we have been moving towards active minds since January.

 

CHAARG

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked the CHAARG Club to present for the senate. Olivia Carter and Anna Rosztocy gave a presentation that laid out the focus of the club and why it merited RSO status. They said of the proposed club:

  • Our mission is to motivate students to be their best selves through the promotion of active living

  • We will have two events weekly

    • Studio spotlight with a trip to an of-campus studio or gym and one on-campus event

    • University events at Malley

    • We will also have social events

  • This is national organization with 58 chapters and we are bring it to the West Coast

  • We want to help students utilize SCU’s resources

  • We have over 200 students on our email list and in order to apply to the national organizations we had to get over 50 reposts of our recruitment picture to apply

  • We are currently undergoing training to bring this club to campus

  • We see this club as long lasting club that will always help college students live better lives

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked them for their presentation and asked if there were any questions for the presenters.

 

First Year Senator Mai Sinada: You mentioned a charge of 30 dollars per quarter and in your constitution. Do you plan to apply for funding?

Answer: The charge subsidize of all the events we will be holding for the members. Part of it also goes to the national organization.

 

At-Large Senator Kayla Williams: How do you see you club as different from the mindfulness club?

Answer: The mindfulness club is more focused on optional events for a variety of mental health projects. We are more focused on fitness, but we think that students can benefit from both clubs. We would also like to put on a few events throughout the year to bring in students outside

 

Junior Senator Alex Baldonado: Is this club just for girls?

Answer: CHAARG is often just involved with girls on campuses, but we are open to both sexes. CHAARG is meant to be for women, but we have made it clear that will we be open to anyone.

 

Period: The Menstrual Movement

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked the Period: The Menstrual Movement 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:

  • Period is a non-profit organization in response to the need for easily accessible feminine hygiene products for the homeless

  • There are over 150 chapters run by young people across the nation and we want to become an active participant in that movement

  • We want to break down the stigma about talking about menstruation

  • We plan to fundraise and ask for the donation of feminine hygiene products and then distribute these products to the homeless population of the bay area

  • We are currently recognized by the national organization, but we would like to increase our audience by becoming recognized by the university

  • We have 25 members interested and all three of us are extremely involved on campus and we plan to use those connections to grow our club

  • We plan to partner with the Stanford and San Jose chapters

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked them for their presentation and asked if there were any questions for the presenters.

 

At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: Do you anticipate asking ASG for funding?

Answer: We plan to raise a lot of our money from our own fundraisers. It is also a fifty dollar fee to join the national organization and they support us in our fundraising efforts

 

At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: How do you plan to partner with homeless shelters in a efficient and measured way?

Answer: We plan to focus on San Jose and start with one or two shelters.

 

First Year Senator Helen Kassa: What kind of products do you plan to buy? If you are requesting funds from ASG we tend to give more money for sustainable projects.

Answer: We plan to buy Diva cups, pads and tampons.

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne: how do you plan to moderate danger in handing out these products?

Answer: We want to talk to shelters and the existing clubs at San Jose and Stanford to see what works best. We plan to start small and grow from there.

 

First Year Senator Sahill Sagar: How are you planning for the longevity of you club?

Answer: We plan to have yearly elections and to publicize our growth and successes to keep improving.

 

Middle Eastern and North African Club (MENA)

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked the MENA Club to present for the senate. Lana, Alia and Seneed gave a presentation that laid out the focus of the club and why it merited RSO status. They said of the proposed club:

  • Our goal is to celebrate and bring awareness to the diverse cultures of the Middle East and North Africa

  • On campus there are no clubs that are focused on middle eastern cultures and there are few cultural representations on campus

  • We plan to have weekly meetings

  • Dr. Mohammed Kadalah is our faculty advisor and professor of Arabic Studies

    • He plans to offer extra credit for attending our events and publicize our event

  • We plan to work with MCC and have many events like movie showings and speakers

  • We would also like to become a part of the MCC further on down the line

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel thanked them for their presentation and asked if there were any questions for the presenters.

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne: Where are you on the joining of the MCC?

Answer: Samantha Kibbish told us to first become a club and then raise awareness to become a part of the MCC.

 

At-Large Senator Kayla Williams: Do you plan to be an at-large club in the MCC next year?

Answer: We do have a one year wait process before we can do that and we will use that time to grow our presence on campus.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel then asked the senate if they had any questions or concerns about the RSO presentations.

 

Junior Senator Alex Perlman: I would make sure that yearly elections are added to the tap dance constitution.

 

At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: Do you thing CHAARG is different from the mindfulness club Alrex?

 

Junior Senator Alex Perlman: Yes, but I  would note that the club is truly geared towards women.

 

Junior Senator Rory Pannkuk: For MENA, culture shows are expensive and we should look into how that would affect SAC’s budget.

 

Senior Senator Mayron Mulugeta: They most likely won't have a culture show for the next three years and they will start small and on a lower budget.

 

At-Large Senator Kayla Williams: The MCC is also working to get their own source of funding which would make it easier to allocate those funds.

 

First Year Senator Helen Kassa: I also do not see that as a big enough reason to say no.

 

First Year Senator Mai Sinada: Regarding Active Minds, what will their funding be used for?

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne: I will look into that.

 

First Year Senator Sahill Sagar: Regarding Period, they should have yearly elections in their constitution.

 

First Year Senator Sahill Sagar: Regarding FEAT, their goals seemed somewhat convoluted between vegetarianism and animal rights.

 

At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: Just looking at their mission statement and what I took out of their presentation, was that they plan to do is whatever their club members feel is best for ending cruelty towards animals.

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne: I will follow up on all your questions and report back before we vote next week.

 

VTA Resolution Presentation

 

Helen and Ciara read the resolution. (The resolution is attached). They said of the resolution:

  • We conducted a survey last year and asked if VTA was a free service, would students use it.

    • 50 percent of the 350 students asked said they would use it at least once per week

  • 80 percent of those asked whether they would be willing to pay an extra thirteen dollars per quarter to receive a free VTA pass said that they would

  • I met the with new director of finance and they were responsive, as long as the university departments who would handle logistics of PR, payment, negotiations and longevity are on board.

    • We have received positive feedback from those departments as we have begun that task

 

First Year Senator Kyle Andrews: Many of the people that I talked to felt that they would not be willing to pay the thirteen dollars to be a part of this program.

 

First Year Senator Helen Kassa: Our response is that the bigger picture is that our traffic and congestion problem has gotten worse and this is helpful response. We also want to maintain good relationships with the neighborhood units and parking permits are no longer being purchased and are parking their cars in front of houses.

 

First Year Senator Ciara Moezidis: We also do not see the money as a small problem when compared with the cost of gas and parking.

 

At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring: Where is the closest bus station?

Around campus and at the train station.

 

Junior Senator Rory Pannkuk: I have also heard negative responses and how do you account sampling bias in your survey?

 

First Year Senator Helen Kassa: That was not taken into consideration. Still, the university has pushed their 2020 goal of net neutrality to 2030, so we need to take steps towards sustainability. I am also meeting with Jeanne to discuss a campus-wide survey.

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne: Do you think that the surveys will be completed by next senate?

 

First Year Senator Helen Kassa: No.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel: I would encourage you as senators to talk to your constituents.

 

First Year Senator Helen Kassa: The university also has an issue of marketing the public transit that is available to students and I have been working to create a revamped transportation website. The new one will help SCU explain public transit to students and help students find the bus that will take you to where you want to go We are working on the publication of our scavenger hunt video and working with RLC’s to encourage students to use public transportation.

 

First Year Senator Sahill Sagar: How do you address the expediency of taking a personal vehicle?

 

First Year Senator Helen Kassa: There are express buses, but a lot of it is about the decreased cost.

 

First Year Senator Ciara Moezidis: Caltrain is an excellent example of cost effectiveness and student use.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel: Please talk to your friends and constituents to get feedback. Please reach out to me, Helen, or Ciara if you have concerns.

 

Regional Measure 3 Proposal Discussion and Next Steps

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel: We will discuss this in the committee chair meetings and if there is enough support we can move forward with a resolution.

 

9. OLD BUSINESS

 

Recording Bylaw Voting

 

At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring: We have take your suggestions and put them into the bylaw. We have added specifics about how we will publish and archive recordings. We also changed it to notification of student recording from requiring approval. Part D requires that if students do not notify the senate of recording, they will lose their recording privileges for the year.

 

At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring then read the revised bylaw (attached).

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel: Please keep discussion to the new changes that came out of last week’s discussion.

 

PR Chair Maggie Hurlbut: PR has discussed this week. We had the idea of using Facebook live and that would allow live watching and archiving.

 

At-Large Senator Bjorn Thyrring: The reason for Google drive was supported as a security measure to only allow SCU members to access the archived videos.

 

PR Chair Maggie Hurlbut: we can still put them on the Google drive

 

Sophomore Senator David Warne: Does that limit us to recording on a phone?

 

PR Chair Maggie Hurlbut: No, but using phones can make the recording easy for PR

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a straw poll on whether to change to Facebook live. The senate preferred to only use Google drive.

 

First Year Senator Kyle Andrews: I think we should keep a watermark to affirm our right to the video.

 

At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: I agree with that.

 

Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell: I agree.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel: Do we want to vote tonight on the existing bylaw?

 

Faculty Advisor Tedd Vanadilok: The departmental videos do have a bandwidth limitation, but I will check with IT and I’m sure that we can find a place to post the weekly video file.

 

Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog: We can propose a bylaw change and vote on that if we find out that this will not work.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel: We can change the wording to read that the recording will be posted on a Santa Clara university web page.

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel, hearing no more questions, asked for a motion to vote. The motion to vote was given by Junior Senator Alex Baldonado and seconded by Sophomore Senator Duncan McDonell. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll and bylaw was approved..

 

10. ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

None.

 

11. ADJOURNMENT

 

Senate Chair Aly Motzel asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Adjournment was approved by At-Large Senator Erik Echeona and seconded by Junior Senator Alex Baldonado. Senate Chair Aly Motzel called the April 19th, 2018 meeting of the Santa Clara University Senate to a close at 9:20 PM.

 

12. ROLL CALL

 

Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal took roll at 9:20 PM.

 

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