Minutes of the SCU Student Senate Meeting January 31th, 2019
Senate Chair Alex Perlman
Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri
Parliamentarian Ricky Matthews
First Year Senators:
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
- 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
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
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
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
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 .
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
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
At-large Senator Jim O’Brien : What is a specific example of the biggest utility you or a veteran
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
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
● 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
● 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,
● SAC: More RSO presentations coming soon.
8. NEW BUSINESS
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
4. Attendance to quarterly ASGSCU retreat.
- Presidential Search Committee Office Hours
- Mini Golf for Bonding
- Buddy Program
- Last chance to take on a meaningful project
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