Minutes of the SCU Student Senate Meeting April 25th, 2019
Senate Chair Alex Perlman Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri
Parliamentarian Ricky Matthews
First Year Senators:
Allie Bare Justin Chan Hiwad Haider Kate Padrnos Luke Paulson
Kyle Andrews Ciara Moezidis Nicholas Niehaus Robbie Nunes Sahil Sagar
Senior Senators: Rachel Wiggins Eoin Lyons
Leif Allmeroth Claire Hultquist Avery James
CALL TO ORDER
Senate Chair Alex Perlman called the April 25th, 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 Senior Senator Kayla Williams to recite the invocation.
Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri took roll at 7:01 pm.
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 approve the agenda and At-large Senator Eduardo Ruano seconded the motion.
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 Robbie Nunes motioned to approve the minutes and At-large Senator Alejadro Sugger seconded the motion.
SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS
Voting on Senator At-Large for Sustainability James Wang
Senate Chair Alex Perlman invited James Wang, the candidate for At-large Senator for Sustainability to come to introduce himself to the Senate. He then opened the floor to questions.
Senior Senator Eoin Lyons: What do you hope to accomplish in the next 7 weeks?
I would like to focus on fossil fuel divestment and focus on shifting the student mindset away from single-use items in Benson.
Junior Senator Mika Philip: How did your Center for Sustainability Project go?
We are focused on becoming more energy efficient and we have a more strategic plan to get people excited and interested.
President Sam Perez: How have you grown since a sophomore year?
Sophomore year I was uncertain of my future. But have taken action to do what I want to do. I started the solar regatta club where we built a solar-powered boat.
Hearing no further questions, Senate Chair Alex Perlman asked James to step out while the Senate deliberated.
At-large Senator Alejandro Sugger: He seems great but what does he gain as from being on ASG for 6 weeks and what do we gain from having him? Projects take a long time.
Junior Senator Mika Philip: As senators, we are more likely to be listened to by from administrators. If he is in ASG he can boost himself and use the power of Senate.
Sophomore Senator Ciara Moezidis: It would be beneficial for him to be able to provide an action plan for the senator for next year.
Senior Senator Kayla Williams: He doesn't need ASG for anything, he is just further establishing our connection with the Center for Sustainability and ASG.
Hearing no further questions, Senate Chair Alex Perlman asked for a motion to vote on James Wang. Junior Senator Mika Philip motioned to vote and Sophomore Senator Robbie Nunes seconded the motion. Pro-tempore Mary Balestreri took roll and James Wang was confirmed and sworn in by Cheif Justice Jack Larkin.
New RSO Presentations
Senate Chair Alex Perlman called up the following potential RSOs to give their presentations to the Senate. Any corresponding questions are listed below.
Association of Transfer Students
At-large Senator Raul Orellana: How to do propose to build your presence and target transfer students?
Putting on events getting to know the transfer community at SCU. Usually, there is a transfer student day and we can use the day to let them know about us.
At-large Senator Jim O’Brien: A lot of stem clubs have taped into being an SCU chapter of a national organization. Have you looked at any national organizations?
At Stanford, I gained connections with faculty so we can build a larger community.
Senior Senator Kayla Williams: Biology RSOs and Public Health Student RSOs and others have had a hard time with retention. How do you propose we keep people involved in this RSO? We will have tabling events through the Neuro program and will use their help. We hope that networking opportunities will, incentivize people to stay.
Students for Sensible Drug Policies:
At-large Raul Orellana: Do you have any idea how many students are interested?
We have a base group and hope that people who are more politically active will be drawn to it.
At-large Senator Rory Pannkuk: Could you elaborate on your goals in promoting safe drug usage?
The main goal is neither to condemn or condone drug usage. Focus more on how we can make things safer for students.
At-Large Senator Nina Molanphy: is this more a preventative, or will this help people who are struggling with drug issues.
Since we are connected to a larger organization, they can provide those resources.
Santa Clara University Venture Capital Association:
Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar: How do you plan on differentiating yourself from and working with similar groups on campus.
Engaging with these clubs. There is a fuzzy line between investment banking and VC and VC and startups. Celebrate our differences and similarities.
Senior Senator Kayla Williams: Can you please tell me how you can differentiate from putting on fun events.
There are so many clubs on campus but they are special interest bases. It is an outlet, its not exclusive but informal. Doesn't need to be a big deal.
There are a lot of fun things on campus but it is hard to rally up people on your own, it awkward to go on your own.
Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar: how you differentiate from APB and CFs
APB is a formal structure and residence halls are usually for those residences and you know the people.
At-large Senator Raul Orellana: There are a lot of other news sources on campus, where do you want to want to gather and do you see yourself becoming a CSO.
I think that this would be a good stand-alone publication which serves a different purpose of the review. In terms of meeting places I'm sure, there are places around campus. I am open to CSO down the line.
Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar: In terms of the website domain they can get you a free one hosted by SCU. In term of this idea, why would a student go to a collective over Instagram or Twitter?
It is a cool place to create a sense of community.
Junior Senator David Warne: what does RSO status do for you?
It legitimizes our presence, gives SCU sponsorship. Propel us to do so.
NEW BUSINESS Bylaw Changes
Senator for Health & Wellness bylaw Runoff Bylaw
Ben’s Budget Update
- About 85% of the budget spent (estimate)
First-year Senator Hiwad Haider: Is the SCU fund done away with?
clubs weren't happy writing cards and Frankie who controls the SCU fund is moving that away from RSOs.
New Voting RSO YAF:
Sophomore Senator Ciara Moezidis: There are a lot of political clubs and maintaining retention can be difficult. In the sense of ideological clubs why is there not an interest in that? It seems like another conservative club and if there is a surplus of conservative clubs, who is going to go. He talked about potential opportunities but I don’t know how it can differentiate itself.
Junior Senator David Warne: There is a lot of confusion with Partisan vs Non-Partisan involvement with a political party. They did not present themselves as a club that was not partisan. There is a lot of comparing to YAF and TPUSA, they are both conservative clubs. We have 2 business fraternities, a few engineering fraternities and the only differences is their national organizations.
First-year Senator Hiwad Haider: Party and ideology are parallel. It is redundant to have nonpartisan. I see an overlap in members. Celebrating the accomplishments of women is only to seem appealing, overlap, no transparency on party and ideology, and adding.
Sophomore Senator Ciara Moezidis: I wanted to respond to David’s comments. There are only so many people who can be on the fraternities and it is competitive. They can have as many members as they would like and when there is overlap, will they go to both clubs. We can say there are more people with left leaning ideologies and that means that they should have a place on this campus.
At-large Senator Jim O’Brien: I think it is a very important distinction between ideology and party. To avoid a national organization is a way to keep ideas pure and streamlined. I believe that there are differences between TPUSA and YAF, and that is because they stay away from what is the Republican party. These clubs have evolved. I don't see how supporting women is bad just because their national chapter doesn’t mention it.
First-year Senator Justin Chan: Addressing retention, I don’t think that is up to us. If they naturally die out then it happens. If they can keep it up good on them, it isn't for us to say we should not approve
At-large Senator Rory Pannkuk: I don’t think that attendance for one club is enough for one to not exist. Because they have similar members we can’t not let the club exist. If they die out then they die out.
Junior Senator Shivani Gohil: I don’t understand the distinction between the two groups TPUSA and YAF.
Junior Senator David Warne: TPUSA and YAF are two different organizations for conservatives groups. TPUSA is free markers and the constitution. YAF spoke about freedom and freedom of speech.
First-year Senator Hiwad Haider: When YAF presented they said TPUSA was a fringe group but they have overlap in memberships.
Junior Senator Mika Philip: What has me on the fence is the presentation. The way he presented, it felt that it was a club to discuss political ideas. How closely will they align with the national org or not. It felt like the presentation was a bit misleading on what they were standing for.
At-large Senator Nina Molanphy: I think we have to break it down and remove the context. At the end of the day it may be redundant, but it's not our choice. They are different and distinct.
Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar: As our role in terms of RSOs we are supposed to be representing the student body. Yes there are points of redundancy, we still have to respect the fact that some members of the student body want this and want to participate.
President Sam Perez: One thing I want to enter into the discussion is that since these clubs are so similar these clubs don't get along. I want to see what you think. That was a point of concern.
Junior Senator Vidya Pingali: TPUSA was blacklisted on the national level but not at SCU. Why is there a member overlap.
At-large Senator Eduardo Ruano: One of the argument for Pokemon Go was that it was club that could fizzle out quickly. I don’t know if it will. One thing that I want to keep consistent. We shouldn't give preferential treatment.
At-large Senator Rory Pannkuk: When it comes to whether or not they get along. I believe both of the presidents are here we can ask them. I think we were wrong about pokemon go we should not reject them and I think we should be consistent.
At-large Senator Jim O’Brien: I am assuming that who ever founded this club went to a TPUSA meeting and didn't see what they wanted.
First-year Senator Luke Paulson: I think that as Jim said, if there is a need or a desire for student who want something we should facilitate that.
Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar: You mentioned an email that was sent to ASG. In regards to that, do you think that students would feel unsafe with that on campus. I don't think anyone would feel unsafe with having them on campus because of ideology.
Hearing no further questions or concerns, Senate Chair Alex Perlman motioned to vote. Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews motioned to vote and At-Large Senator Eduardo Ruano seconded the motion. Pro-tempore Mary Balestreri took roll, the RSO was not approved.
First-year Senator Luke Paulson: I think in one way it is an organized friend group and they have a lot of valid reasons. They had a point with campus climate.
At-large Senator Raul Orellana: They have a meaningful purpose. They are trying to promote fun stuff.
Senior Senator Eoin Lyons: I don't think they add anything to the campus. Having a large group me doesn't add anything concrete.
Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews: What they might have is more freedom to do what they want to do. They are able to invite people to go to more specific event that are more diverse.
At-large Senator Jim O’Brien: Why are they becoming official if they are informal and we just give money where does it go?
Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews: That is SAC’s role.
At-Large Senator Jim O’Brien: There is a financial component.
Senior Senator Kayla Williams: You don’t need to have a club to go to events.
First-year Senator Kate Padrnos: In general there is a problem with attendance. And college culture is very spur of the moment. A sense of belonging is important on campus.
At-large Senator Rory Pannkuk: I don't think that other clubs doing fun stuff makes them redundant. Get people out of their shell and may be more introverted. Not for us to decide
Junior Senator David Warne: The things we are talking about are not grounds for denial Fake fun club friends, it is event-driven. And you can find real friends.
First-year Senator Hiwad Haider: I think everyone brought up good points. But I do think that solving this issue has to be done in targeting disenfranchised groups.
Hearing no further questions or concerns, Senate Chair Alex Perlman motioned to vote.
At-large Senator Rory Pannkuk motioned to vote and At-Large Senator Nina Molanphy seconded the motion. Pro-tempore Mary Balestreri took roll, the RSO was approved. Senate Chair Alex Perlman motioned to white ballot the remaining RSO. Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews motioned to white ballot and At-large Senator Rory Pannkuk seconded the motion.
Senators motioned to vote, Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri took roll and the RSOs were approved.
Sophomore Senator Nick Niehaus: Its seemed like a combo of all the CSOs. Junior Senator David Warne: I don't think there is enough to justify voting no.
First-Year Senator Justin Chan: Does the SCU newspaper have a website?
Junior Senator Shivani Gohil: the SCU publications are only open to those who are associated with the organizations and this is open to the rest of the SCU community.
Hearing no further questions or concerns, Senate Chair Alex Perlman motioned to vote. At-large Senator Rory Pannkuk motioned to vote and At-Large Senator Amber Wang seconded the motion. Pro-tempore Mary Balestreri took roll, the RSO was approved
New bylaw change
Senior Senator Eoin Lyons: I think there is value in keeping the latter half of the first sentence of part a.
Junior Senator Mika Philip: There are certain areas that don't apply to this.
At-large Senator Jim O’Brien: I suggest doing the converse of this, so not having the ASG logo on any materials. Its a long process, it would be better deleted. Let's not make it required by banning that there are no
Junior Senator Mika Philip: These are 2 separate things. One is we aren't’ going to endorse it, that would be another bylaw.
Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews: Usually we are giving the most funding to cultural clubs. We should make it so that if there is a sponsorship page, keep it on the sponsor page.
At-large Alejandro Sugger: What if we made it that if you received a certain amount of money that you have to have it.
First-year Senator Kate Padrnos: To reduce the work of SAC I think it is okay to leave it in there. If we already aren't checking people can just choose whether to use it or not.
Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar: No one is even doing it asides from the cultural clubs and if they are doing it now, what the point of having it in the bylaws and the bylaws are there to be followed and if they aren't being followed then it is contradictory.
Junior Senator Mika Philip: people could use it to get others is in trouble.
Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews: maybe we can compromise and say that ASG requests there is a sponsorship page.
Senior Senator Rachel Wiggins: We should let the clubs choose for themselves. The effort that goes into it will take away from their hard work. We don't need to be praised for doing our jobs.
Junior Senator Mika Philip: The logo wouldn't increase exposure but couldn't further our mission. If we really wanted to promote ASG through this RSO, then we could have a showcase which would be much more effective than having promo materials.
Senate Chair Alex Perlman: We will leave it out for now.
Hearing no further questions, Senate Chair Alex Perlman called for a motion to white ballot all bylaw proposals except one. First-year Senator Hiwad Haider motioned to white ballot and
At-large Senator Eduardo Ruano seconded the motion. Sophomore Senator Kyle Andrews
called for a motion to vote and Junior Senator Shivani Gohil seconded the motion.
Pro-Tempore Mary Balestreri took roll and the bylaws passed. Senate Chair Alex Perlman called for a motion to vote on the remaining bylaw. Junior Senator Mika Philip Motioned to vote and At-large Senator Alejandro Sugerr: seconded the motion. Pro-tempore Mary Balestreri took roll and the bylaw passed.
ANNOUNCEMENTS PR: No updates
Comm Dev: Bronco Friday, speed dating, RLC Olympics this week. Finance: Interested in Finance position, reach out.
Senate Chair: Waiting to hear back from true food.
Vice President: Elections are happening next week. Retreat during week 8. The election is Friday, May 3
President: Sexual assault awareness summit, SSI and SJP closure, Elections
Comm: Sexual assault awareness, conduct focus groups for international students
CUIC: Red cup pickups, public services as a religious minority, coming out as a queer person of color part 2 and LSB diversity forum
FOC: Kate is working with housing, Luke QR codes in the gym, Avery and vidya working w reclaiming and Claire with working with art.
SAC: Stay tuned for budget updates and RSO plans next week.
Tedd answer questions
Quote of the week
Senate Chair Alex Perlman called for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Senior Senator Kayla Williams motioned to adjourn, Sophomore Senator Sahil Sagar seconded the motion.
Pro-tempore Mary Balestreri took roll at 9:14 pm.