Minutes of the SCU Student Senate Meeting October 11th, 2018
Senate Chair Alex Perlman
Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri
Parliamentarian Ricky Matthews
First Year Senators:
(Bo Kendall - substitute)
1. CALL TO ORDER
Senate Chair Alex Perlman called the October 11h, 2018 meeting of the Santa Clara University
Student Senate to order at 7:04 pm in the Casa Italiana Residence Hall Commons.
Senate Chair Alex Perlman asked invited Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews to recite the
2. ROLL CALL
Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri took roll at 7:05 pm.
3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
Senate Chair Alex Perlman asked the Senate to consider the agenda for the current meeting.
He requested questions and comments related to the agenda. Hearing none, he asked for a
motion to approve the agenda. The agenda was approved by Sophomore Senator Kyle
Andrews and seconded by Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes .
4. APPROVAL OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
Senate Chair Alex Perlman asked the Senate to consider the previous meeting minutes and
requested questions and comments related to the minutes. Hearing none, he asked for a
motion to approve the minutes. The motion was made by Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes
and seconded by Senior Senator Kayla Williams .
5. SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS
Substitute Senator Announcement
Senate Chair Alex Perlman announced that Bo Kendall would be filling in for Senior Senator
Eoin Lyons at this Senate.
Guest Speaker: Vice Provost for Student Life Jeanne Rosenberger
Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited the Vice Provost for Student Life Jeanne Rosenberger to
present to the Senate. Her presentation is summarized succinctly below:
● The role that students take on when accepting a role in ASG is to speak up on behalf of
others who otherwise would not and help bring ideas to fruition.
● Think about ways in which you can better your experience here at Santa Clara, and seek
out the staff member who can help you accomplish your goals.
● Many past ASG initiatives have shaped our campus to be what it is today.
● Past projects and our current and future are shaping the experience of current students
and those to come.
Senate Chair Alex Perlman thanked Ms. Rosenberger for her presentation and asked if there
were any questions for her.
At-Large Senator Rory Pannkuk: What are some current projects that we could engage with?
Jeanne Rosenberger: There are some current initiatives involving off-campus living and greek
life, on campus programs, and mental health and substance use.
Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar : Will Benson be re-incorporating a late night aspect?
Jeanne Rosenberger: Yes
Senior Senator Rachel Wiggins : Benson should almost completed by October 15th.
Jeanne Rosenberger: It was a very ambitious project to take on in a 15 week time period. Late
night service and mobile ordering will be the finishing touches.
Senior Senator Rachel Wiggins : With more food stations available and large catering
requests, will Bon Appetit be able to handle serving both students and events. They seem
overwhelmed and unprepared.
Jeanne Rosenberger: It has been a Perfect Storm. We are training chefs with the new
equipment in real time and there are new workers so we hope to see a steady response time in
ordering and receiving food.
Sophomore Senator Nicholas Niehaus : Will Tapingo be the mobile ordering platform?
Jeanne Rosenberger: I believe we will be using another mobile ordering application.
Sophomore Senator Ciara Moezidis : CUIC has been discussing donating meal points as a
potential project, could that be implemented with the kiosks?
Jeanne Rosenberger: I suggest getting in touch with Robyn Reynold to discuss that further.
Hearing no further questions, Senate Chair Alex Perlman thanked Jeanne Rosenberger and
Swear in of First-Year Senators
Senate Chair Alex Perlman Invited the First-year senators, Allie Bare, Justin Chan, Hiwad
Haider, Kate Padrnos, and Luke Paulson to be sworn in by Chief Justice Jack Larkin .
Confirmation and Voting of Senator at Large for LGBTQ+ Inclusion
Senate Chair Alex Perlman Invited the candidate for Senator At Large for LGBTQ+ Inclusion,
Raul Orellana, to introduce himself the Senate and asked if there were any questions for him.
Hearing none, Senate Chair Alex Perlman asked Raul to step outside while the Senate
discussed. Senate Chair Alex Perlman asked the Senate if they had any questions or
concerns. Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews motioned to vote on the candidate. Sophomore
Senator Sahil Sagar seconded the motion. Pro Tempore Mary Balestreri took role and the
motion carried and the vote was approved. Senate Chair Alex Perlman Invited Raul back into
the room to be sworn in by Chief Justice Jack Larkin .
Confirmation and Voting of UPC Candidates
Senate Chair Alex Perlman Invited the candidates for the UPC to come forward and asked
Vice President Jahwala Johns to give an update of the committee. Senate Chair Alex Perlman
asked if there were any questions for the candidate. Hearing none, he asked the candidates to
step outside. Senate Chair Alex Perlman then asked the Senate if they had anything they
would like to discuss.
Sophomore Senator Ciara Moezidis asked for clarification on the names of the committees
they will be joining.
Senior Senator Kayla Williams motioned to vote. At Large Senator Eduardo Ruano seconded
the Vote. Senate Chair Alex Perlman asked for a motion to white ballot. Sophomore Senator
Kyle Andrews motioned and Senior Senator Rachel Wiggins seconded the motion. Pro
Tempore Mary Balestreri took role and the motion was approved and candidates were
confirmed. Senate Chair Alex Perlman called the candidates back into the room to be sworn
in by Chief Justice Jack Larkin .
Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited the representatives from Society of Engineers to present
their funding request to the Senate. Their presentation is summarized succinctly below:
● Conference in Minnesota
● 5 attendees
● Requesting a total of $ 3136.50
Senate Chair Alex Perlman Thanked the representatives for their presentation and asked if
there were any questions.
Junior Senator David Warne : According the bylaws we can only fund up to ½ or $25 of the
price for attendance, and we cannot fund for food.
Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews: Have you received any funding from the school of
Answer: They are covering 50% of our cost.
Senate Chair Alex Perlman thanked the RSO and excused them.
6. OLD BUSINESS
Discussion and Vote on New RSOs
Senate Chair Alex Perlman opened the floor to discussion for the New RSOs.
Junior Senator David Warne : I don’t think the Pokemon GO RSO is general enough to be an
RSO; might be a FAD.
Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes : Although the game may be a fad, I think we should
approve them. If they start requesting large sums of money, then that will pose an issue.
At-Large Senator Rory Pannkuk : We have been discussing putting a cap on the number of
RSOs we approve.
At-Large Senator Sophia Smith : I think this RSO could encourage new students to bond with
one another in a relaxed setting.
Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews : It seems like they have been successful with their
outreach. I don’t see the purpose of the needing RSO status.
Junior Senator Mika Philip : They wanted the Santa Clara Name so that they could participate in
Vice President Jahwala Johns: Why are we imposing a cap on the number of RSOs?
Junior Senator David Warne : Due to limited resources, SAC has been asked to choose new
Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes: If we start capping the number of RSO, shouldn’t we also
weeding out existing RSOs.
Junior Senator David Warne : We are not allowed to do that.
Senate Chair Alex Perlman asked if there was a motion to white ballot SCU Jams and SCU
Climbing. Senior Senator Rachel Wiggins motioned to white ballot and Sophomore Senator
Sahil Saga r seconded the motion. Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews motioned to vote and
Senior Senator Luke Martin-Resnick seconded the vote . Pro Tempore Mary Balestreri took
roll and the motion carried SCU Jams and SCU Climbing were approved.
Junior Senator David Warne motioned to vote on Pokemon Go and At-Large Senator
Alejandro Sugerr seconded the vote. Pro Tempore Mary Balestreri Took roll and the vote
was not approved.
Judicial Bylaws Discussion and Vote
Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited Chief Justice Jack Larkin to present on new bylaws: IV.G.1,
IV.13.F, and Transition period.
Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes motioned to vote on the bylaws and Senior Senator Kayla
Williams seconded the motion. Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri took roll and the vote carried.
8. EXECUTIVE UPDATES
● Upcoming events -- Rock the vote tabling, APB Concert, How to utilize ASG video
● Upcoming events -- Rock the vote tabling, neighborhood walkabout for voter
registration, October 25th there will be a forum for new measures for new elections.
● No New Updates
● Congratulations to the New Senator and Fill out the Retreat Form.
● Meeting with Presidential Search committee. Take away from meeting with board of
trustees - Greek Life, Programming, and on campus psychiatrist.
9. COMMITTEE UPDATES
● Working on Bulletin Board. Allyship week is next week.
● LSB Diversity forum, Bronco POSI, VTA Smart Pass, Meal Point donations
● New initiatives to make Benson run smoothly and Sophia is working on Native
SAC: SHPE received 93% of their request and NSEB received 37.7% of their request. Engineers
without Borders withdrew their request.
Senior Senator Kayla William s motioned to vote and At-large Senator Eduardo Ruano
seconded the vote. Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews motioned to white ballot and Bo
Kendall seconded the vote.
● Club exposure meeting
● APB Concert
● Franklin Square Advisory Board
Junior Senator David Warne motioned to adjourn the meeting and Senior Senator Kayla
Williams seconded the motion.
11. Roll Call
Pro Tempore Mary Balestreri took roll at 9:15pm