Senate Meeting Minutes :: 01.09.20 :: Week 1

January 17, 2020

Minutes of the SCU Student Senate Meeting January 9th, 2020

 

Members Present​:

 

Senate Chair:​ David Warne
Pro Tempore​: Cat Bick

Parliamentarian: Eduardo Ruano

 

First Year Senators: Christina Abudayeh, Cole Brunelli, Ariel Perlman, Meg Wu

Sophomore Senators:​ Abby Alvarez, Carmen Ocazionez, Raul Orellana, Luke Paulson

Junior Senators​: Kyle Andrews, Zachary Meade, Amber Wang, 
Senior Senators:​ Cam Bick, Erik Echeona, Vidya Pingali

At-Large Senators: Allie Bare, Emi Bellwood, Ifeanyi Ifediba, Mika Philip, Christian Phillips, Melanie Sam

 

Members Absent​:

Theo Lassen

Justin Chan

Juliana Moner Teter

Duncan McDonnell

 

1. CALL TO ORDER

Senate Chair David Warne called the January 9th, 2020 meeting of the Santa Clara

University Student Senate to order at 7:00pm in the Willman Room in Benson Memorial

Center.

 

Senate Chair David Warne invited Senior Senator Cam Bick to recite the invocation.

 

2. ROLL CALL

Pro-Tempore Cat Bick took roll at 7:00pm. A quorum was present.

 

3. APPROVAL OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

Senate Chair David Warne asked the Senate to consider the previous meeting’s minutes

and requested questions and comments related to the minutes. Hearing none, he asked

for a motion to approve the minutes. Junior Senator Kyle Andrews moved to approve

the minutes and Senior Senator Erik Echeona seconded the motion.

 

The motion carried by voice vote.

 

4. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

 

Senate Chair David Warne 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. Junior Senator Kyle Andrews moved to

approve the agenda and Senior Senator Erik Echeona seconded the motion.

 

The motion carried by voice vote.

 

5. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS

 

Guest Speaker: Caryn Beck-Dudley

 

Senate Chair David Warne invited Caryn Beck-Dudley – Dean of the Leavey School of

Business to the front of the room to speak in front of the Student Senate. Her

presentation is summarized succinctly below:

  • Hello everyone. So this is my fifth year. I was the dean at Florida State and Utah State. You can ask me how a political science student becomes a business dean. We can talk about why I decided to come to Santa Clara. I had over 6300 students at Florida State.

  • So, to give you a couple of the highlights about what the Leavey School of Business is doing. I was brought here in order to give a national perspective to the school. When I came all the deans were new. As you know we are in a billion dollar campaign. I like to raise money, it’s fun. An so they really wanted someone to come in and I bring an international perspective. Since I’ve been here, we’ve redone our strategic plan, we redid our entrepreneurship program. We are redoing our food and agriculture institute. We have also added an online masters in marketing and tech. We will also move online next year. Finally, we have added four plus programs in areas like Business Analytics. So, with that, I am going to open it up to questions.

 

Senate Chair David Warne thanked Caryn Beck-Dudley for her presentation and opened

the floor for any questions.

 

At-Large Senator Melanie Sam: I am a finance major, and I was wondering why seniors

aren’t allowed to double major in the business school?

Caryn Beck-Dudley: I have no idea. It was very common at Florida State. Here, it is a

faculty decision. It is going in front of our undergraduate leadership and I am in favor of

it. It is relatively easy to double major. It is probably resource allocation and so the

classes stay low. You can be an accounting and information systems major but that is the

only one.

 

At-Large Senator Ifeanyi Ifediba: What brought you to SCU?

Caryn Beck-Dudley: It is a long story. The short part is that my husband was the

department head at Florida State and died of a brain tumor. My son makes commercials

in LA and my daughter was working on a PhD at UC Riverside. And I am orginially from

Utah. So the head hunters tried to get me to move for several years. When they called,

they asked if I was interested in moving. I said if it was west of the Rocky Mountains

because I had done a stint at the University of Michigan. I didn’t want to see Western

Alabama and Louisiana. And it had to be a great opportunity. I didn’t see the fit when

they brought me this one. I had never been at a private school, or a Catholic one, and it

is too expensive to live here. They said they liked my portfolio and asked me to come

look at it. And it was gorgeous. The faculty were really good, the student portfolio was

really interesting. My academic work had been in ethics so I was interested in the

Markulla Center and I really wanted to live in Silicon Valley. I like the people and the

place and thought there were opportunities.

 

At-Large Senator Emi Bellwood: I work at the Provost Office and get a lot of people

interested in the business school. I have noticed that there is a large salary discrepancy

between a lot of professors. A lot of tenure professors get paid well because they do

their job well but I feel that there is a lot of innovation and these older professors aren’t

taking that direction or staying up to date. How do you plan to keep up to date?

Caryn Beck-Dudley: In business, especially here, that is the hardest to do. When I came, I

had zero faculty that could teach tech. We had to retool the marketing tech, cryptocurrency tech. A lot of faculty have retired under me because you have to stay up to date. We have been able to replace them with new people. On the flipside, I have faculty who have been here for a long time and are very well-respected in the valley. We also are really blessed here in that there is a huge cadre, I have around 600 executives who are willing to come give their expertise to students. They are called adjuncts here, and they are perfect to go along with the tenure track faculty. Chris Paisley, for example, sits on 26 public boards and teaches five accounting classes for us. He brings in executives and CFOs, and people that he taught 20 years ago. He is just one of probably 100.

 

At-Large Senator Mika Philip: I am not necessarily in the business school, but I have

quite a few friends in the AIS program. One thing that I have heard so often is that the

classes are always waitlisted and it is in a sequence so people have to overload, etc. How

is the business school trying to mitigate that?

Caryn Beck-Dudley: We are trying to computerize it. We know that there are a couple

bottleneck classes and we are trying to open up more sections of those and be more

deliberate. A lot of our minor unfortunately requires some of those accounting classes

and that creates an influx. But you can talk to the provost about more accounting faculty

members.

 

Senior Senator Vidya Pingali: I am a senior in the school of arts and sciences and just

realized that I’ve never taken a business class. I know that our cores are slightly different,

do you every see them merging?

Caryn Beck-Dudley: I think everyone should take a basic accounting class or financial

statements class. Apparently we used to have a business minor before I came. I think it

was a resource issue. Business is capped to 23-24% of the university because it wanted

to be a liberal arts school. That is a decision the trustees made. But I think everyone

should take a basic accounting class. When I was an undergraduate, I took one basic

accounting class and it was the most boring class of my life. But now I love it. I think my

20 year-old self couldn’t vision debits and credits.

 

Senate Chair David Warne: You mentioned the business minor, is there any plan to bring

it back? Do you thinking there is enough funding to help those goals?

Caryn Beck-Dudley: We have talked about a business certificate in the summer. But I

don’t know if many are interested. I don’t see it coming back as a minor. We already

have entrepreneurship as one of the most popular minors. Real estate as well. Whether

we can manage it is unclear.

 

Junior Senator Amber Wang: So I am an AIS major and I find that there is a good amount

of accounting classes but when it comes to OMIS classes, I am always waitlisting for

classes. And I know it is super high demand, but a lot of times there is only one class

offered.

Caryn Beck-Dudley: Honestly, they are my hardest classes to staff. We just lost another

professor to Silicon Valley. They are paid better in the Valley. But I will take that back, to

increase the number of sections. We have also added a Business Analytics minor just for

business students and I don’t know if that has created more problems.

 

Thank you very much.

 

6. NEW BUSINESS

 

Confirmation of At-Large Senator for LGBTQ+ Inclusion

 

Senate Chair David Warne invited the candidate Obasi Lewis to the front of the room to

introduce himself and state why he is interested in the position.

 

Obasi Lewis: My name is Obasi. I am a senior physics major. My goals are hopefully for

next year are to run a pilot program to include gender neutral restrooms and sexual

education courses that are available to all students. Also, to include terms and

definitions about LGBTQ+ in the freshman curriculum.

 

Senate Chair David Warne thanked the candidate and opened up the floor for any

questions.

 

At-Large Senator Allie Bare: Can you explain more about integrating terms and

definitions in the freshman curriculum?

Obasi Lewis: So, before every student comes, they have to do some diversity training. I

think it would be great to include some courses about the LGBTQ+ community in that.

           

Junior Senator Zachary Meade: What made you interested in this position?

Obasi Lewis: As a member of the community myself, I always wanted to make a change

for the better. I think this is an excellent opportunity to do so. In terms of work I am

doing already, I just got out of a meeting to do a gender-neutral pilot program. We are

making sure it is within the building codes, so they are put in every new building on

campus.

 

Senate Chair David Warne, hearing no more questions, asked the candidate to leave the

room. Following his departure, he asked the Senate for questions, comments, or

concerns regarding the candidate.

 

At-Large Senator Melanie Sam: I didn’t know he was running for this position. I am glad

that he is. He is also interested in collaborating on mental health type panels and projects as well. I think it is great.

 

At-Large Senator Mika Philip: He has both worked with MCC, he was on board for IGWE,

so I believe that he can bring a lot of input. Especially as a queer person of color.

 

At-Large Senator Ifeanyi Ifediba: Even in the meeting with Father O’Brien, he was very

adamant about adding gender neutral restrooms to every new building.

 

Senate Chair David Warne: He does have a stellar record.

 

Junior Senator Zachary Meade: I think it is valuable to have somebody who is already

working on these projects. Senate will help to elevate those positions. I think that can

help him to execute some of the goals that he has. I would vote yes.

 

Senate Chair David Warne: If anyone disagrees, now is the time. Can I get a motion to

vote?

 

Senior Senator Erik Echeona moved to vote and At-Large Senator Mika Philip seconded

the motion.

 

Senate Chair David Warne: Ok, voice vote. All those in favor of including Obasi, say yes.

 

The voice vote carries.

 

The candidate was sworn-in by Chief Justice Emily Yekikian.

 

Confirmation of the Harassment and Discrimination Committee Candidate

 

Senate Chair David Warne invited Sophomore Senator Abby Alvarez to the front of the

room to state why she is interested in the position.

 

Sophomore Senator Abby Alvarez: So, this committee is being tasked with rewriting the

reporting policy for harassment and discrimination. It will dissolve after the policy is

re-written. I am interested in policy writing and have experience in policy writing. From a

personal standpoint, I am an advocate for social justice.

 

At-Large Senator Mika Philip: Does Title IX follow under this?

Abby Alvarez: It is primarily sexual harassment, but really any type. One of the problems

right now is that there are nine different offices to report to which deters some people

from reporting.

 

At-Large Senator Allie Bare: What are your personal goals?

Abby Alvarez: It relates to the fact that there are nine different things we are

consolidating. My hope is also to spread awareness to the student body.

 

Junior Senator Zachary Meade: How did you hear about this position?

Abby Alvarez: I heard about it when we confirmed someone last quarter and then

reached out.

 

Senior Senator Vidya Pingali: There are two students and representatives from all

different reporting groups.

 

Senate Chair David Warne: Ok, we are going to do a straw poll. Can I get a motion to

vote?

 

Senior Senator Erik Echeona moved to vote and Sophomore Senator Justin Chan

seconded the motion.

 

Senate Chair David Warne On the question of the confirmation of Abby Alvarez to the

Harasment and Discrimination Committee, say aye.

 

The motion carries.

 

Senate Attendance Bylaw Presentation

 

Senate Chair David Warne invited Chief Justice Emily Yekikian and Parliamentarian

Eduardo Ruano to present their proposed Senate Attendance Bylaw.

 

Chief Justice Emily Yekikian: Basically, Eduardo and I wanted to work on a way of

updating the existing Senate Attendance bylaw. The other one was really out of date and

very severe. We just consolidated it, and shortened it. The main change is about the

google form.

 

Parliamentarian Eduardo Ruano: We want to ensure that we have a written record of

attendance that you have. We were wondering what the best way was to get this done.

We decided a google form was the best way.

 

Chief Justice Emily Yekikian: It is essentially a courtesty to the Senate exec so they know

who is attending. It is not an excused, unexcused, you just get two absences. If you have

an emergency, communicate that with Eduardo or David. Any absences after two, you

are going to meet with the judicial branch as well as Eduardo and David. We just work on

a contract as to how you are upholding your duties as a senator and coming to Senate.

We just wanted a very clear outline as to what is expected for you in terms of

attendance.

 

Parliamentarian Eduardo Ruano: It is important that we do keep a channel of

communication. If one of you is basent, it is best if I know what is going on.

 

Chief Justice Emily Yekikian: It is also much easier than a call her, or a text there. We

wanted one channel.

 

Senate Chair David Warne: Ok, any questions or comments?

 

At-Large Senator Allie Bare: I know we were talking about not limiting the bylaws to

technology so it isn’t vague. I wondering whether just saying form is more clear?

 

Senior Senator Erik Echeona: I like this, I am wondering where the source of the 48

hours is from. I feel like a good reason of why senators are absent is because they are

sick which they wouldn’t know until the day before.

Emily Yekikian: We did 48 hours as just making it a courtesy if they have stuff planned. If