Senate Meeting Minutes :: 1.31.19 :: Week 4 (No Week 3 minutes because of the SCU v. Gonzaga basketball game!)

February 8, 2019

Minutes of the SCU Student Senate Meeting January 31th, 2019

Members Present:

Senate Chair Alex Perlman

Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri

Parliamentarian Ricky Matthews

First Year Senators:

Allie Bare

Justin Chan

Hiwad Haider

Kate Padrnos

Luke Paulson

Sophomore Senators:

Ciara Moezidis

Nicholas Niehaus

Robbie Nunes

Junior Senators:

Avery James

Shivani Gohil

Vidya Pingali

Mika Philip

David Warne

Senior Senators:

Leif Allmeroth

Eoin Lyons

Rachel Wiggins

Kayla Williams

At-Large Senators:

Rory Pannkuk

Eduard Ruano

Sophia Smith

Alejandro Sugerr

Raul Orellana

Members Absent:

Kyle Andrews

Sahil Sagar

Amber Wang

1. CALL TO ORDER

Senate Chair Alex Perlman called the January 31th, 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 Avery James to recite the invocation.

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. Senior Senator Rachel Wiggins 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. First-year Senator Hiwad Haider motioned to approve the

minutes and Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes seconded the motion .

5.SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS

Guest Speaker: Renee Baumgartner - Director of Athletics

Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited the Guest Speaker, Renee Baumgartner, to the front of the

senate to give his presentation. The presentation is summarized succinctly below:

- Built many successful athletics programs at the University of Oregon and Syracuse.

- Time to built one for Santa Clara University

- We need better sports medicine and sports compliance facilities.

- We are going to elevate Men’s Basketball and Women’s soccer along with the Baseball

and Volleyball.

- In the past, coaches were responsible for fundraising which diverted attention

from recruiting and winning championships.

- Built up momentum from student body → Want more students to show up.

- Athletics Excellence Center

- Great Recruiting tool

- Gyms open to all students

Senate Chair Alex Perlman Thanked Renee Baumgartner for her presentation and opened the

floor to questions.

Senior Senator Rachel Wiggins : Have you looked into hiring a sport psychologist, or providing

mental health services for athletes?

Yes, we are working with the JED Initiative and QPR. We want to provide that with the

new facility.

Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes : What is the time frame for this project?

It takes about 5-6 years to really built the program up from scratch.

First-year Senator Hiwad Haider : What can the student body do to help with turnout to

games?

I want to engage the students more. I want to do competitions with residence life or

greek life. If more students show up, I will get a bigger screen and expand the cheer

section.

Claire Hultquist: Will football ever be brought back to SCU?

It depends on what students are interested in. If there is a rising number of students

playing high school football, then we would adapt. There are declining numbers in football.

Jim O'Brien: How do you propose setting the community on fire?

With our endowment, we have the best situation and potential. We have time to get

people on board. I want SAC and ASG to collaborate to come up with fun ideas to get students

involved.

Confirmation and Voting of New Senators

Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited the New Senators candidates Claire Hultquist for Senior

Senator, Jim O’Brien for Senator At-large for Jesuit Values, and Nina Molanphy for Senator

At-Large for Health and Wellness to introduce themselves to the Senate. Senate Chair Alex

Perlman asked the candidates to leave so the senate could discuss. Senate Chair Alex

Perlman asked the Senate if there were any comments or outstanding questions.

Senator At-Large Rory Pannkuk : I liked how proactive they were by asking questions during

Renee Baumgartner presentation.

Senator At-Large Eduardo Ruano : What does Jesuit Values entail?

Senate Chair Alex Perlman: His job is to influence the Jesuit values that are represented on

this campus. He wants to start a philanthropy event will all of the Residence Halls.

Hearing no further questions, Senate Chair Alex Perlman called for a motion to white ballot.

Senator At-Large Rory Pannkuk motioned to white ballot and the motion was seconded by

Senior Senator Eoin Lyons . Senate Chair Alex Perlman called for a motion to vote. Senior

Senator Kayla Williams motioned to vote and the vote was seconded by At-large Senator

Eduardo Ruano. Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri took roll and the candidate passed. Senate

Chair Alex Perlman called the Senators back into the room to be sworn in by Chief Justice

Jack larkin .

Confirmation and Swear in of Candidates

Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited candidates Sydney Altobell, Charley D, and Robert

Bonovich to introduce themselves to the Senate. Senate Chair Alex Perlman asked the

candidates to leave the room so the Senate could discuss. He then asked the senators if there

were any comments or outstanding questions.

First-year Senator Justin Chan: Are these positions that you have to reapply for every year?

Senate Chair Alex Perlman : They are appointed by faculty each year.

Hearing no further questions, Senate Chair Alex Perlman called for a motion to white ballot.

Sophomore Senator Ciara Moezidis motioned to white ballot, the motion was seconded by

Junior Senator Mika Philip. Senate Chair Alex Perlman then called for a motion to vote.

First-year Senator Hiwad Haider motioned to vote, and First-year Senator Allie Bare second

the motion. Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri took roll and the candidates passed. Senate Chair

Alex Perlman invited them back in to be sworn in by Chief Justice Jack Larkin .

RSO Presentations

Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited the representatives from SCU Capital Investment to

present to the senate. Their presentation is summarized succinctly below:

- Want to teach hands on investment management strategies

- Use proceeds to make a scholarship

Senate Chair Alex Perlman thanked them for their presentation and opened the floor up for

questions.

Junior Senator Vidya Pingali: Can you expand on the scholarship?

We want to benefit SCU through the money we make from investments. We want to

establish the tuition scholarship one we are an RSO.

Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited representatives from Student Veterans of America to

present their RSO. Post presentation, Senate Chair Alex Perlman opened the floor to

questions.

At-large Senator Jim O’Brien : What is a specific example of the biggest utility you or a veteran

could get?

Money - The GI Bill covers a wide variety of aspects.

Resolution for Board of Trustees

Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited President Sam Perez, Senior Senator Kayla Williams, and

Board of Trustees Member Henry Gage to present their resolution. Their presentation is

summarized succinctly below:

- The first recommendation of the Blue Ribbon Commision was Diversity and Inclusion.

- Want to put this into practice

- Only 4 people of color on the board of trustees.

- Endorsement of solidarity - this has no political effect

Senate Chair Alex Perlman thanked the representatives for their presentation. He then

opened the floor up for question and discussion.

Senior Senator Eoin Lyons : Why has the board opposed this recommendation?

There hasn’t been a substantive opposition, but rather, they have other priorities. If we

are recruiting a new president, I want to make sure they are on board with these truly Jesuit

Values.

Senior Senator Leif Allmeroth : How many people are usually interviewed?

It depends. Anywhere from a few to a dozen.

Junior Senator David Warne : What is Article 3 Section 2?

The process of filing vacancy on the board.

At-large Senator Alejandro Surgger : I think you should also add a section about hispanic

people, not just people of color.

The intention of using the phrase “people of color” is supposed to be an inclusive term.

First-year Senator Hiwad Haider : Do other positions on the board have term limits, like yours?

My position is limited to 3 years.

At-Large Senator Eduardo Ruano : Does the bylaw state that if one person of color leaves the

board that another person of color must replace them?

The only specification is that it alternates gener.

6. EXECUTIVE UPDATES

● Public Relations: Filming a Bronco Posi video and creating a flyer for the first year

campus resources survey.

● Community development: EPP was successful, Bronco Spirit Week, Last Lecture, Bronco

Friday.

● Chief Justice: New Bylaws later tonight, Bonafide Bronco Pre-Law panel March 1.

● Senate Chair: Responsible Business Forum week 7 or 9, Working with Student Art

league on welcome week sale.

● Vice President: Retreat February 9th 9-2, First-year Senator Justin Chan healthy eating

initiative.

● President: Interview with Presidential Search Committee in 2 weeks, Contraception

distribution policy, Brink x SCU voter engagement for millennials, State of the

University address 2/14 at 4:00 pm in the theater.

7. COMMITTEE UPDATES

● COMM: Java with Jesuits 2/14, Tabling week 5, Women’s policy conference.

● CUIC: Congratulations to Raul for his program, Red Cup Pick up, Tabling for Bronco Posi

● FOC: Team drive, Fr. Junipero Serra statue removal, Art on fences, positivity posters,

benson improvements.

● SAC: More RSO presentations coming soon.

8. NEW BUSINESS

Bylaw Proposal

1. Students athletes who graduate early, allow students to be in ASG in their third

quarter, they can still be in asg.

2. Senator Outreach more clear, changing a section. What you are supposed to do

in your senator outreach. Some amount of communication.

3. Vice President position description. Idea to make it yearly event. Quarterly is not

productive. Usually done with MCC and SCCAP and they don't want to be apart

of WINGs anymore. It only needs to be once a year. Reaching out to students for

input. VP should extend an invitation to all campus RSO and take steps to

ensure that any student ofs on campus are welcome to voice potential

grievances.

4. Attendance to quarterly ASGSCU retreat.

9. ANNOUNCEMENTS

- Presidential Search Committee Office Hours

- Mini Golf for Bonding

- Buddy Program

- Last chance to take on a meaningful project

10.ADJOURNMENT

Senate Chair Alex Perlman called for a motion to adjourn the meeting. First-year Senator

Allied motion to adjourn and At-large senator Eduardo Ruano Second the motion.

11. ROLL CALL

Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri took roll at 9:00pm

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