Senate Meeting Minutes :: 4.11.19 :: Week 2

Minutes of the SCU Student Senate Meeting April 11th, 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:

Kyle Andrews Ciara Moezidis Nicholas Niehaus Robbie Nunes Sahil Sagar

Junior Senators:

Senior Senators:

Claire Hultquist Rachel Wiggins Eoin Lyons

At-Large Senators:

Shivani Gohil

Nina Molanphy

Vidya Pingali

Raul Orellana

Mika Philip

Rory Pannkuk

David Warne

Eduardo Ruano

Avery James

Sophia Smith

Amber Wang

Jim O’Brien

Members Absent:

Leif Allmeroth Alejandro Sugerr Kayla Williams


Senate Chair Alex Perlman called the April 11th, 2019 meeting of the Santa Clara University Student Senate to order at 7:00 pm in the Benson Memorial Center California Mission Room.

Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews to recite the invocation.


Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri took roll at 7:01 pm.


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 approve the agenda and At-large Senator Amber Wang seconded the motion.


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 Allie Bare motioned to approve the minutes and At-large Senator Eduardo Ruano seconded the motion.


Guest Speaker: Anne McMahon the MPE Committee

Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited Anne McMahon to speak to the Senate. Her presentation is summarized succinctly below:

Mission Priority Examen: Update and Outreach // All Jesuit school are required to do this. Campus conversations on deepening out understanding out for Jesuit higher ed mission.

  • Broad Campus conversation, Held 6 campus-wide conversations

  • Ways to engage: Consider tensions and challenges from “Some Characteristics of Jesuit Higher Education.

Questions to Consider:

  1. How could SCU improve opportunities for students to explore spirituality and faith and their relationships to services and commitments to justice in an intellectually serious way?

  2. How could the university better assist students in cultivating virtues that will serve then over the course of their lives?

  3. How could SCU better engage?

Senate Chair Alex Perlman thanked Anne McMahon for her presentation and opened the floor to any questions

At-large Senator Jim O’Brien: Since we are one of the last schools to do this, have you have the opportunity to look at other schools reports?

We have not seen those reports yet, but we have been told that we will have the opportunity to in the future. I think that it would be a great idea. I am hopeful that we will get a macro look at schools in the US. We can take that suggestion back to our next committee meeting.

At-Large Senator Eduardo Ruano: More marketing for student events, could be more beneficial as not enough people know they exist.

At-large Senator Jim O’Brien: In regards to community service, you can go here for all 4 years and not do any service other than ELSJ.


Santa Clara University Young Americans for Freedom:

  • Reform of speech and expression, regardless of ideology.

  • Initiatives: Celebrating the accomplishments of all women, sharing the inspiring stories of legal immigrants, promoting free speech, Educating students about their constitutional freedoms. Ons.


At-large Senator Jim O’Brien: Walk me through a scenario when you have opposing values.

We won't shut down people. We will do it respectfully. We don't exclude people because of what they believe. We will do it respectfully.

At-large Senator Rory Pannkuk: One of our jobs is to look for inconsistencies in RSO applications or overlapping clubs. How would you differentiate your RSO from other RSOs on campus?

College Republicans is a partisan organization and we are not a partisan organization.

YAF and TPUSA do not get along as well. YAF is more educational and historical. YAL is libertarian, and we don't report to be libertarian.

President Sam Perez: My biggest concern is everything you said sounds like TPUSA. Sanctity of life and legal immigration are hot topic issues on our campus. Can you speak to that?

The number of speakers that we have differentiates us.

Sanctity of life is something that a Jesuit University stands for. Our Senate just passed a resolution supporting the distribution of contraceptives from outside organizations on our campus. So it appears to be controversial.

We are consistent with Catholic and Jesuit values. It promotes human dignity and human freedom.

Our variance in venues differentiates YAD and we seek to educate students. I'm not sure of the resolution you are referring to.

Junior Senator David Warne: Do you have a list of people interested in your RSO?

Yes, we have a list of about 30.

Junior Senator Mika Philip: The controversy with TPUSA was that they claimed to be a more neutral but as the organization progressed it is apparent they have a political slant.

We are focused on freedom of speech.

At-large Senator Nina Molanphy: It is important that you have a good connection with other organizations. Do you have a program that would embody freedom of speech?

We would like to have freedom of forums or alumni come and speak. We have a focus on Legal immigration. We can have students, alumni, or professors talk about their experiences and we can have a dialogue.

First-year Senator Allie Bare: Do you have any plans to include students for different ideologies in your membership.

Our group is open to all students on campus. We are going to stick to some of the principals that we believe in. There are a lot of people across the ideological spectrum on our campus, but they feel that freedom of speech doesn't have a place.

Junior Senator Vidya Pingali: do you foresee having problems with TPUSA?

We are going to be civil. We won't coordinate any events. But I don't see any animosity towards them.

Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar: Going back to the Illegal Immigration aspect, I don’t know if you are aware of this but we do have plenty of students that are undocumented immigrants and may see your club as a potential threat to how they feel, because you are so forward on the legal immigration aspect. How would your club manage that?

I think legal immigration isn’t being against people who are undocumented. Anyone is welcome to join. I think that being pro-immigration is being anti.

Sophomore Senator Ciara Moezidis: Who is your advisor?

Lori Salazar.

Because there are a lot of political clubs on campus, it can get watered down. How do you think you will be able to maintain people coming to your club.

Enthusiasm is high. We have 30 people. YAL is a big national organization. I think people are excited about this branch. We are going to be very active. We would have more than most political groups on campus if we held a meeting right now.

First-year Senator Hiwad Haider: You highlight appreciating accomplishments of women, is that your idea of a message from the organization.

This idea came from me and my friends.

First-year Senator Kate Padrnos: You keep saying ideology, do you think that your clubs ideology won't fall in line.

We are going to be focusing on what issues are right or wrong.

--end of discussion--

Partners in Health Engage

  • A nonprofit organization that helps to provide health care services for those most in need of it.

  • The ideas that health is a human rights.

  • Currently performs work in 10 countries.

Fundraising: All proceeds will go directly to PIH and support the work they are doing globally. Strides for solidarity.

Education: The word about partners in health. Lesson plans are provided by PIH. Educate about specific health.

Advocacy: We advocate for the radical notion that the poor deserve equal access to high-quality health care. Our members formed a variety of places and we hope to expand part.

  • 85 students interested.

Junior Senator David Warne: Would the RSO on campus be taking trips or is it mostly advocacy.

We don't do trips, but there are parts that will. We will fundraise to support that or advocate for certain bills.

Senior Senator Claire Hultqist: Are you talking about community helpers from this country or from the villages.

It's from the local area. Only 12% are from us to make sure their health care system is supported.

-- end of discussion --

  1. NEW BUSINESS Bylaw Changes

Junior Senator Mika Philip and Judicial

- 4 cuts and 1 addition to the bylaws.


At-large Senator Rory Pannkuk: At fundraisers, there is usually a spot for an organization to be mentioned or have their logo showed. Maybe we can have some sort of ASG shoutout.

First-year Senator Allie Bare: I was wondering if we could say where sponsors are mentioned. Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews: it will make more interest.

Senior Senator Rachel Wiggins: Are we all of a sudden going to start enforcing this?

First-year Senator Hiwad Haider: I was at the VSA culture sure and they have a big ASG logo on the back on their program.

Junior Senator David Warne: They are all huge logistical problems for SAC. For the equiment, it is an unclear bylaw and they don't have space to store stuff.

Junior Senator Mika Philip: Why should we tell them when ASG’s logo should be present.

Senior Senator Eoin Lyons: I see values in the first bylaw. At least we will have a chance of them. So clubs can refer to them. So maybe more clarification.

Junior Senator David Warne: Leaving that in the bylaws would be making it a bylaw. We haven't done that for 2 years. And that happens organically and can look back into the history of the club and whether they have collected the funds that we have allocated so it's redundant.

DFRs less than $10000 wil bne evalued by SAC who will then grant dunds and make these determination known to the surdnt senate.

Junior Senator Vidya Pingali: What is this for?

Discretionary funding

Charter Amendment Process Change

Any time there is a amendment to the charter in the school, it goes through all of the UPCs, there are 6. Various students sit on that, and it must go through the Senate. This is am an amendment to change how we can change our bylaws. Its small tweaks, it adds an element of specificity. It's good for us and it is a small change.

Senior Senator Eoin Lyons: Could you expand on category 3.

Tedd Vanadilok: They wanted more checks and balances. They don't want just 2-3 people to overrule on adding a committee.

Hearing no further question, Senate Chair Alex Perlman called for a motion to vote. Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews motioned to vote. First-year Seantor Justin Chan seconed the motion.

The amendment passed.

  1. Old Business Contraception Resolution

President Sam Perez and Senior Senator Rachel Wiggins

Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar: Are you planning on sending this to anyone else?

Cowell, and maybe some other people. But nothing shocking.

First-year Senator Hiwad Haider: Can you remind ius the next steps?

We just presented to the student affairs committee, this helps in the sense that this changes the hand book. Now we have the support of student government and have the student body represented.

First-year Senator Justin Chan: How would this work?

We have disaffiliated students working to promote sex ed. There are organizations that donate. They would have to let the administration know where and when they plan on distributing.

At-large Senator Nina Molanphy: Do they know that they have to reach out the administration?

When this is approved then yes they will know.

Blue Light Resolution

President Sam Perez, Senior Senator Rachel Wiggins, and First-year Senator Luke Paulson

Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar: How do we make sure this happens?

Luke is going to follow through with this.

First-year Senator Allie Bare motioned to end discussion. Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar seconed the motion. Senate Chair Alex Perlman called for a motion to white ballot. Sohomore Senator Kyle Andrews motioned to whilte ballot. At-large Senator Raul Orellana seconed the motion. At-large Senator Amber Wang motioned to vote and Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes seconed the motion. Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri took roll and the resolutions passed.

Agenda distribution bylaw

Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews and At-large Senator Amber Wang: Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar: I think 24 is a good enough time.

At-large Senator Raul Orellana: I don’t know if I remeber correctly, but having the senate chair send the agenda earlier?

Sophomore Senator Ciara Moezidis: I had brought up the idea of a live agenda that people can refer to, is that still possible?

We talked about that and it's great.

Tedd Vanadilok: Does Not need to be that specific in the bylaws because technology will evolve over time.

First-year Senator Allie Bare motioned to end discussion. The motion was seonded my At-large Senator Raul Orellana.


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Senate Chair Alex Perlman called for a motion afjourn the April 11th Senate meeting. Junior Senator David Warne motioned adjourn and At-large Senator Rory Pannkuk seconed the motion.


Pro-tempore Mary Balestreri took roll at 8:17pm

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