Minutes of the SCU Student Senate Meeting January 10th, 2019
Senate Chair Alex Perlman
Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri
Parliamentarian Ricky Matthews
First Year Senators:
Senate Chair Alex Perlman called the January 10th, 2019 meeting of the Santa Clara University
Student Senate to order at 7:00 pm in the Benson Memorial Center Williman Room.
Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes to recite the
2. ROLL CALL
Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri took roll at 7:00 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. At-Large Senator Raul Orellana motioned to approved the
agenda and First-year Senator Allie Bare seconded the motion.
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. Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews motioned to approve the
minutes and At-Large Senator Eduardo Ruano seconded the motion .
5.SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS
Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited the candidate, Devon Graneri, to the front of the senate to
introduce himself. He asked the senate if there were any questions for Devon.
Sophomore Senator Ciara Moezidis : What does this committee ential?
Devon Graneri: Making sure the election committee process runs correctly and smoothly.
Junior Senator David Warne : What experience do you have qualifying you for this position?
Devon Graneri: I was a retreat minister which allowed me to talk with other students to ensure
that they were mentally, spiritually, and physically okay. I would like to bring what I have
learned from this experience to the election committee process.
Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar : Why do you want to get involved with this position?
Devon Graneri: I want to help out the SCU community.
Hearing no further questions, Senate Chair Alex Perlman asked the candidate to leave the
room so the senate could discuss. Senate Chair Alex Perlman then opened the floor to
Junior Senator David Warne : Who chooses the candidates?
Senate Chair Alex Perlman : Jahwala.
Junior Senator David Warne : Are there any restrictions?
Senate Chair Alex Perlman : There aren’t any restrictions.
Vice President Jahwala Johns: There are more candidate to come. The bylaws state that is
someone files an election violation the committee must meet. If violations aren't filed than the
committee never fully comes to fruition.
Hearing no further questions, Senate Chair Alex Perlman called for a motion to vote. Junior
Senator Kayla Williams motioned to vote and First-year senator Allie Bare second the
motion. Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri took roll and the candidate was approved. Senate
Chair Alex Perlman called Devon Graneri back into the room to be confirmed by Judicial
Pro-Tempore Matthew DeSimone .
Senate Survey Results and Senate Winter Quarter Discussion
Senate Chair Alex Perlman and Committee Chairs Senior Senator Eoin Lyons , Senior Senator
Kayla Williams , Senior Senator Rachel Wiggins , Junior Senator David Warne , and
Parliamentarian Ricky Matthews presented on the senate survey results and ways to
improve for winter quarter. The following are questions and answers form this discussion:
First-year Senator Justin Chan : In regards to the ASG Buddies system, do we pick an
administrator from a list?
Senate Chair Alex Perlman : Yes, there is a list of administrators who have yet to be paired
Junior Senator Kayla Williams : Because we have a senate made up of many new ASG
members, there is going to be some distance between senators and the administrators. Many
of the administrators are open to talk to students.
Junior Senator Mika Philip : What will be on the ASG project document?
Junior Senator David Warne : I imaging that in the archive of the past attempted projects, it
won’t be very extensive.
Parliamentarian Ricky Matthews : When you put your name on the RSO sign up sheet, that
means that you are going to be sending them an email.
Sophomore Senator Ciara Moezidis : If we email an RSO and have a conflict with there meeting
time can we specify somewhere on the form that we emailed them to let other RSO members
Senior Senator Kayla Williams : Yes, you can put that in the comments in the section.
Senate Chair Alex Perlman : You can also write the time.
First-year Senator Justin Chan : What is supposed to be done in office hours?
Senate Chair Alex Perlman : You will go to the meeting and introduce yourself. Let them know
that you are available to answer any questions and observe how they operate.
First-year Hiwad Haider : Will the spreadsheet address clubs that don’t usually meet?
Senate Chair Alex Perlman : Ricky made a list of clubs that senators went to last quarter to
President Sam Perez : We started without Engage platform. Our organization has
accomplished much more than was expected of us. The trustees were impressed.
Vice President Jahwala Johns : Sam has a list of this quarters initiatives on the Google
President Sam Perez : Engage was about looking at ourselves as an organization, and Enrich
will be about focusing on what the students need to enrich their experiences.
OneUp RSO Presentation
Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited representatives from OneUp to present their RSO to the
OneUp is a 10 week startup incubator and entrepreneurial club which is backed through
the Leavey School of Business and the community for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Approximately 400 people are on their email list and 40 people have registered for the
club with 15 mentors.
Senate Chair Alex Perlman thanked the representatives from OneUp for their presentation
and opened the floor to questions.
At-Large Alejandro Sugerr : How will this club work with CIE
Answer: Have been working with them for the past 3 quarters. We have obtained discretionary
funding from the Leavey School of Business along with grants. As an RSO we are eligible for
donations and more networking opportunities. Our goal is to be in constant communication
At-Large Alejandro Sugerr: What is the long term goal for this RSO?
Answer: our platform is for students by students. We want to collaborate with CIE rather than
First-year Senator Allie Bare : Are you developing the educational program yourselves?
Junior Senator David Warne : what do you mean by 15+ certified faculty members?
Answer: certified means that they are qualified mentors and have industry connections.
Junior Senator Shivani Gohil : What are the qualification to advance into the incubator process?
Answer: We work on an as is basis. People with different skill sets who can expand through our
cohort. We currently have a length application and interview process.
First-year Senator Kate Padrnos : What about retention? What will happen to members once
they finish the program?
Answer: once they finish the program, they are considered alumni but they can still be included
included in the RSO. We will rely upon them for mentorship and feedback.
Junior Senator Vidya Pingali : Is this a competition? Why is there an initial vetting process? Can
you not accommodate everyone?
Answer: We have 15 mentors and tailored workshops. We want to dedicate resources to a few
teams who can advance and complete this program without dropping out. At the request of CIE
and the dean of the Business school, we are to cater to people who want to learn more about
the program and encourage them to apply. Then spread the word.
Public Relations : We have been working with the BroncoPosi team which launches next week.
Working on the Educated Partier Program, Bronco week, and our Promotional Video.
Community Development : Working on Bronco Spirit Week, Educated Partier Program, and
Finance : We reorganized the budget to create funding for BroncoPosi. There will be a budget
presentation next week.
Chief Justice : No Updates
Senate Chair : Working on a responsible dinner forums and hosting a student art sale during
Vice President : Winter retreat coming up. Changing the quarterly town hall forum.
President : Presidential Search Committee investigation update.
7. COMMITTEE UPDATES
COMM : Tabling weeks 3,5,7,9. Working on the online maps and senior guide for spring
CUIC : BroncoPosi kickoff next week.
FOC : No Update
SAC : Working on RSO event calendar.
8. OLD BUSINESS
9. NEW BUSINESS
Senate Chair Alex Perlman distributed gratitude journals
- Open senator positions
- Fill out project sheet
- Basketball game after senate
Senate Chair Alex Perlman called for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Junior Senator David
Warne motioned to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Senior Senator Kayla
12. ROLL CALL
Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri took roll at 8:15pm