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Senate Meeting Minutes :: 5.24.18 :: Week 8

June 4, 2018

Minutes of the SCU Student Senate Meeting May 24, 2018

 

Members Present: Senate Chair Aly Motzel, Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal, Parliamentarian Kayla Williams; First Year Senators: Kyle Andrews Sahil Sagar Mai Sinada Robbie Nunes Ciara Moezidis; Sophomore Senators: David Warne Mackenzie Bartz Avery James; Junior Senators: Alex Perlman Victoria Linares Alex Baldonado Rachel Wiggins Rory Pannkuk; Senior Senators: Angelica Fuentes Amy Monzon Gerome Yabut Mayron Mulugeta; At-Large Senators: Kristin Godfrey Kayla Williams Erik Echeona Rahaima Choudhry Nithya Vemireddy; Members Absent: Thayne Kollmorgen, Helen Kassa, Duncan McDonell, Annie Martin, Bjorn Thyrring, Payton Dizney Swanson

 

1. CALL TO ORDER Senate Chair Aly Motzel​ called the May 24th, 2018 meeting of the Santa Clara University Student Senate to order at 7:07 pm in the Williman Room of Benson. Senate Chair Aly Motzel​ asked a member to read the invocation. All Senior Senators recited the invocation.

2. ROLL CALL Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal ​took roll at 7:07 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 Junior Senator Alex Perlman ​and seconded by Senior Senator Angelica Fuentes​.

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 Senior Senator Angelica Fuentes and seconded by Junior Senator Victoria Linares​.

5. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS Senate Speakers: Vice Mayor of the City of Santa Clara Kathy Watanabe & Hosam Haggag Kathy Watanabe: ● Currently, our council is made up of solely white people, which has proved to be problematics as it does not represent the diversity of Santa Clara. ● The opposition has said that Santa Clara is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act ● We are a charter city which means that we are not beholden to that Act ● In 2017 the mayor convened a charter review to remedy the problem of diversity Hasom Haggag: ● I am a Resident of Santa Clara ● I’m an elected district delegate for the democratic party ● Right now anyone in Santa Clara can vote for all candidates ● The 2010 census shows that ethnicities are, for the most part, evenly distributed throughout Santa Clara ● If we draw districts based on the impartial demographer, only one district is majority Asian, and all five others are majority white ● Right now, you don’t need a majority vote to win ● Ranked choice voting prevents against vote splitting ● Ranked choice voting is used all over the world in Australia, Iceland and Oakland ● Measure A proposes ranked choice voting which would empower all minorities and split Santa Clara into two districts Senate Chair Aly Motzel ​thanked the Vice Mayor of the City of Santa Clara Kathy Watanabe & Hosam Haggag for their presentation and asked if there were any questions for them. At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy​: I have voted in Oakland with ranked choice, and it was confusing so what is the city doing to educate the voters? Answer: The opposition has said that we are not, but we are sending out mailers to every citizen and is putting it on the website. Every election cycle the city spends about 200000 dollars educating voters. The registrar of voters does not allow the city to target fliers based on the language of the home. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal​: Can you talk about the voting rights act? Answer: The federal and California laws both say that you cannot disenfranchise voters based on protected class. The only exception in California is districts, but Santa Clara is a charter city that can change our charter to set up ranked choice voting. First Year Senator Ciara Moezidis​: Why are there so many disparities between what you say and the opposition says? Answer: I can’t speak to the opposition, but our plan is different from other cities and we have set up a plan that would address the problems and empower voters.

6. EXECUTIVE BRANCH UPDATES Vice President Public Relations Maggie Hurlbut​: We are working on the Bronco Posi, publishing the findings from the Campus Safety Survey, sending out the Judicial Newsletters, the Community Development "How to live Off-Campus" flyer, along with transitions. Vice President Community Development​ Elena Radding​: We have welcome to finals launching during week ten. We are publishing a “How to Live Off-campus” guide soon. Vice President Finance ​Ben Rhoades​: Submit your final reimbursements, and meet with SAC to determine final the RSO allocation budget. We discussed the creation of new codes and budget strings for next year with Arcelia. We also met with our new members. Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog​: Public Relations is creating our newsletter. Vice President​ Sam Pérez​: Can’t Thread a Moving Needle has officially been removed, and consent will be dealt with during the one love workshops. President Jack Herstam​: the trustees meeting was this morning, and feedback from the students and the senate on campus safety was given.

7. COMMITTEE UPDATES COMM​ - Senior Senator Amy Monzon​ gave a thank you and farewell to senate. CUIC ​- Senior Senator Angelica Fuentes​ gave a thank you and farewell to senate. FOC ​- ​Junior Senator ​Alex Perlman​ ​gave an update on the hammock poles and the adirondack chairs. The chairs have been painted and are on Swig Lawn. SAC - ​Sophomore Senator ​David Warne​ gave a thank you to senate.

8. NEW BUSINESS Local Measure A Resolution Discussion and Vote Senate Chair Aly Motzel​ ​invited At-Large Senator Rahaima Choudry​, Junior Senator ​Victoria Linares​, and First Year Senator Robbie Nunes​ ​read the Local Measure A Resolution. Senate Chair Aly Motzel ​thanked At-Large Senator Rahaima Choudry​, Junior Senator ​Victoria Linares​, and First Year Senator Robbie Nunes​ ​for their resolution and asked if there were any questions or comments for them. President Jack Herstam:​ ALA has provided us with the information they had, and we have written the resolution according to that. Tonight's presentation has negated a large part of that information. Sophomore Senator David Warne​: I think that this presentation was more thorough, and they answered questions better. At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy​: I think that we almost don’t have the right information to vote. Parliamentarian Kayla Williams:​ I think that if we vote no, we are coming out in support of Measure A. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal: ​ I think we would just be saying that we found the information previously given to be largely invalid and we choose not to move forward with it. Junior Senator Rachel Wiggins​: I would prefer that we vote because we have had two weeks to consider and research. Senate Chair Aly Motzel​, hearing no more questions, asked for a motion to vote. The motion to vote was given by Sophomore Senator David Warne ​and seconded by Senior Senator Amy Monzon​. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal​ took roll and the resolution did not pass. Bylaw Proposal - Office Hour Voting Senate Chair Aly Motzel​ invited Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog​ to the front of the room to present on the bylaw addition proposals. Her presentation is summarized below: ● Bylaws are changed to include designated tabeling hours ● Senators will meet with an on-campus organization once a month ● Senators table once a month Senate Chair Aly Motzel ​thanked Rachel Brook Herzog for her presentation and asked if there were any questions for her. First Year Senator Ciara Moezidis​: Will there be a way to prevent overlap in the organizations visited by senators? Answer: That would be a lot to put into the bylaws, but it will be something that would be addressed by the Parliamentarian and Senate Chair. At-Large Senator Nithya Vemireddy: ​Is there a reason you mentioned COMM​ for tabling? Answer: Previously, our designated tabling hours went through COMM​. Senior Senator Amy Monzon​: One of the responsibilities of COMM​ is to put on tabling events. Bylaw Proposal - Community Development Changes Senate Chair Aly Motzel​ invited Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog to continue to present on the bylaw addition proposals, for Community Development. Her presentation is summarized below: ● There will be a change to meeting times ● Add a position, Off-Campus Chair, who will deal with city and neighborhood relations Vice President Community Development Elena Radding: ​I asked my chairs to specify sections of their job descriptions which were not accurate. We are additionally implementing a new position. Senate Chair Aly Motzel​, hearing no more questions or concerns, asked for a motion to white ballot. The motion to white ballot was given by Junior Senator Victoria Linares​ and seconded by First Year Senator Mai Sinada​. Senate Chair Aly Motzel​ then asked for a motion to vote. The motion to vote was given by At-Large Senator ​Rahaima Choudry​ and seconded by First Year Senator Robbie Nunes​. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal​ took roll and the bylaw additions passed. Confirmation and Swear-in of Chief Justice Senate Chair Aly Motzel​ invited Judicial Pro-Tempore Jack Larkin ​to the front of the room to be sworn in by Chief Justice Rachel Brooke Herzog​ as the new chief justice. Swear in of President, Vice President, and Senate Chair Senate Chair Aly Motzel​ invited the new executive board Sam Pérez, Jahwala Johns, Alex Perlman, Ben Rhoades, ​and Julia Green ​to the front of the room to be sworn in by Chief Justice Jack Larkin​.

9. New Business (New Senate) Swear in of Class Senators Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ invited Kyle Andrews, Ciara Moezidis, Nicholas Niehaus, Robbie Nunes, Sahil Sagar, Avery James, Mika Philip, David Warne, Leif Allmeroth, Eoin Lyons, Luke Martin-Resnick and Rachel Wiggins, all of whom were elected class senators, to the front of the room be sworn in by Chief Justice Jack Larkin​. Voting Procedure Instructions Senate Chair Alex Perlman ​gave an overview on how voting for candidates will be carried out. Confirmation and Swear-In of Class Senators Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ invited Vidya Pingali, Shivani Gohil, and Kayla Williams to the front of the room. He Introduced them as Vidya Pingali and Shivani Gohil as candidates for Junior Senators and Kayla Williams as a Senior Senator. Each candidate introduced herself, and Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ asked if there were any questions for the candidates. Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews: ​Why do you want this position? Vidya Pingali: I want to be a leader and liaison for my fellow peers Shivani Gohil:I want the minority voice to be heard Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes: ​Do you have any previous experiences that would qualify you for this position? Vidya Pingali: Student Government Shivani Gohil: No previous experience Kayla Williams: Santa Clara University Associated Student Government Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar​: What problem or issue on campus would you like to solve? Vidya Pingali: I want to focus efforts on sustainability and food waste Shivani Gohil: I want to encourage campus safety Kayla Williams: I want to use my senate experience to connect with the greater Santa Clara community, encouraging the closure of the gap between local leaders and the students at Santa Clara University Senate Chair Alex Perlman​, hearing no more questions or concerns, asked the candidates to leave the room. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ asked for a motion to white ballot. The motion to white ballot was denied. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ then asked for a motion to vote on each candidate individually. The motion to vote was given by Junior Senator David Warne​ and seconded by Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes​ and Senior Senator Kayla Williams​. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal​ took roll and the motion to vote passed. Senate Chair Alex Perlman ​ asked for a motion to vote on Candidate Vidya Pingali. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal ​took roll and Vidya Pingali was confirmed as Junior Senator. Senate Chair Alex Perlman ​asked for a motion to vote on Candidate Shivani Gohil. The motion to vote was given by Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes​ and seconded by Sophomore Senator Ciara Moezidis.​ Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal​ took roll and Shivani Gohil was not confirmed as Junior Senator. Senate Chair Alex Perlman ​asked for a motion to vote on candidate Kayla Williams. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal​ took roll and Kayla Williams was confirmed as Senior Senator. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ invited Vidya Pingali and Kayla Williams back into the front of the room to be sworn in by Chief Justice Jack Larkin. Confirmation and Swear-in of New Exec Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ invited Mary Balestreri and Ricky Matthews to the front of the room to introduce themselves. Mary Balestreri introduces herself as candidate for pro-tempore and Ricky Matthews introduces himself as candidate for parliamentarian. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ asked if there were any questions for the candidates. Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews: ​Ricky, last year we had a lot of turnover problems with accountability. What are you going to do to remedy that? Ricky Matthews: I will be in contact with each individual senator. I have experience as an immersion coordinator, and I will implement those skills here. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​, hearing no more questions or concerns, asked the candidates to leave the room. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ asked for a motion to white ballot. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ then asked for a motion to vote. Pro-Tempore Sam McNeal​ took roll and Mary Balestreri and Ricky Matthews were confirmed as Pro-Tempore and Parliamentarian, respectively. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ Invited Mary Balestreri and Ricky Matthews back into the front of the room to be sworn in by Chief Justice Jack Larkin. Confirmation and Swear-in of At-Large Senators Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ invited candidates for At-large senators Stephen Fraser, Jack Leuthold, Kieran Murphy, Rory Pannkuk, Eddie Ruano, Sophia Smith and Alejandro Sugerr to the front of the room to introduce themselves. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ asked if there were any questions for the candidates. Junior Senator Mika Philips​: How would you like to address campus climate? Eddie Ruano: I want to help develop community forums, like they offer within the school of engineering, and implement them into all three schools to give students who feel marginalized a chance to voice their opinions. Junior Senator David Warne​: Stephen, what kind of background do you have that qualifies you for this position? Stephen Fraser: I served four years in the Marine Corps, worked one year in tech, and health is very important to me. I lost weight to join the Marine Corps and served as the suicide prevention officer for my battalion. Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes: ​Rory, can you further explain the role and qualities of Senator for Innovation? Rory Pannkuk: The Silicon Valley is the ideal place for students who are interested in tech, but we are lacking that connection as a university to the greater community. I want people to be more connected, invite collaboration, and take ideas to the real world. Junior Senator David Warne: ​Can all of the candidates repeat their names and positions for clarification? Junior Senator David Warne: ​Kieran, what are some specifics of the Senator for Alumni Relations? Kieran Murphy: I want to increase the presence of networking and student and alumni connection at Santa Clara because it is lacking. I have worked with the Alumni Board of Directors, which qualifies me for this position. Sophomore Senator Ciara Moezidis: ​Sophia, what is your position on the VTA passes and its implementation into tuition? Also, what projects are your interested in pursuing and how involved would you like to be in the VTA resolution? Sophia Smith: Santa Clara is working towards being carbon neutral, so it is important to create a culture of sustainability immediately, and I want success for the VTA passes. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​, hearing no more questions or concerns, asked the candidates to leave the room. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ asked for a motion to white ballot. The motion to white ballot was given by Junior Senator David Warne​ and seconded by Sophomore Senator Nicholas Niehaus. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ then asked for a motion to vote. The motion was given by Junior Senator David Warne​ and seconded by Senior Senator Kayla Williams. Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri​ took roll and the At-Large senators were confirmed. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ Invited the At-Large Senator candidates back to the front of the room to be sworn in by Chief Justice Jack Larkin. Confirmation and Swear-in of Finance Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ invited candidates for Finance Emerald Yeh and Conner Whitton to the front of the room to introduce themselves. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ asked if there were any questions for the candidates. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​, hearing no more questions or concerns, asked the candidates to leave the room. Senate Chair Alex Perlman asked for a motion to white ballot. The motion to white ballot was given by Senior Senator Kayla Williams​ and seconded by Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews​. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ then asked for a motion to vote. The motion was given by Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes​ and seconded by Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar.​ Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri​ took roll and the Finance candidates were confirmed. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ invited Emerald Yeh and Conner Whitton back to the front of the room to be sworn in by Chief Justice Jack Larkin​. Confirmation and Swear-in of Judicial Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ invited Judicial candidates Semi Williams, Maria Parker, Matthew DeSimone, and Cat Bick to the front of the room to introduce themselves. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ asked if there were any questions for the candidates Junior Senator David Warne​: Could each candidate please give a fifteen-second response as to why they want to be on Judicial? Semi Williams: I want to go into the legal field and want more experience where I can gain new skills. Maria Parker: I had a good experience on Judicial last year, and I am hoping to keep the senators in check this year. Matthew DeSimone: I want to go into the legal field, Judicial will be a good experience, and I will work hard. I want to be apart of ASG to serve the Santa Clara Community. Cat Bick: I want to go into law. Student Government is significant everywhere, especially at Santa Clara where people are involved and want to make a change. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​, hearing no more questions or concerns, asked the candidates to leave the room. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ asked for a motion to white ballot. The motion to white ballot was given by Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar​ and seconded by Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes​. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ then asked for a motion to vote. The motion was given by Junior Senator David Warne​ and seconded by Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews.​ Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri​ took roll and the Judicial candidates were confirmed. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ invited Semi Williams, Maria Parker, Matthew DeSimone, and Cat Bick back to the front of the room to be sworn in by Chief Justice Jack Larkin​.

10. Announcements Committee Presentations: Senior Senator ​Rachel Wiggins​,Senate Chair ​Alex Perlman​, Junior Senator ​David Warne​, and Senior Senator ​Kayla Williams Senate Chair Alex Perlman ​asked senators to preference which committee they would like to be on for next year via google form, and requested committee chairs give a short presentation on the purpose and functionings of each committee. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ asked Senior Senator Kayla Williams​, Senior Senator Rachel Wiggins​, and Junior Senator David Warne​ to deliver their committee preference presentations. Senior Senator Rachel Wiggins​ for FOC​: ● FOC​ brings tangibles changes and additions to Santa Clara University. We work with staff, campus safety, Benson dining, as well as other organizations within the school. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ for CUIC​: ● CUIC​ has a strong focus on campus climate. Sophomore Senator Ciara Moezidis added: I am working on a project within CUIC​ to deconstruct stereotypes and to bring more diversity and inclusion to the school. Junior Senator David Warne​ for SAC​: ● SAC​ manages $95,000 worth of discretionary funding and works as a liaison between ASG and RSOs. At-large Senator Rory Pannkuk​ added: SAC​ has the broadest outreach to all students on campus because of direct communication, we help clubs make responsible financial decisions, and help the greater community. Senior Senator Kayla Williams​ for COMM​: ● COMM​ is very spirited and works to bring the community together. We work to integrate school spirit back into SCU. We encourage personal projects and acknowledge the passion that all have, especially the senators as they are the face of the students, and we want students to have the best experience possible. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ thanked Senior Senator Rachel Wiggins​, Senior Senator Kayla Williams​, and Junior Senator David Warne​ for their presentations and then asked if there were any further comments or questions. Senior Senator Leif Allmeroth​: Can you make a distinction between SAC​ and CUIC​? Junior Senator David Warne​: SAC​ manages $95,000 of discretionary funds and makes the decisions for club fund allocations and review all allocation rules, along with working with RSOs directly. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​, hearing no more questions or concerns, asked all senators to submit their committee preferences via Google Forms. Voting on Committee Chairs Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ asked Senior Senator Kayla Williams​ and Junior Senator David Warne​ to the front of the room to introduce themselves and their positions. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ asked if there were any questions for the candidates. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​, hearing no more questions or concerns, asked the candidates to leave the room. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ asked for a motion to white ballot. The motion to white ballot was given by Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews​ and seconded by At-Large Senator Rory Pannkuk​. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ then asked for a motion to vote. The motion was given by Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar​ and seconded by Sophomore Senator Ciara Moezidis. Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri​ took roll and the candidates were confirmed. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ invited Senior Senator Kayla Williams​ and Junior Senator David Warne​ back to the front of the room to be sworn in by Chief Justice Jack Larkin.

11. ADJOURNMENT Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Senate Chair Alex Perlman​ called the May 24th, 2018 meeting of the Santa Clara University Senate to a close at 9:29 PM.

12. ROLL CALL Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri ​took roll at 9:30 PM.

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