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Taylor, Rahjes running for student government positions

4/8/2014

Special to The Hays Daily News

Current Student Government Association Treasurer Brandon Taylor and Sen. Grant Rahjes are one of two presidential candidates for the SGA presidential race.

Their platform includes, but is not limited to:

• Evaluating the general education requirements (Taylor has been appointed to a task force that will look at the future of gen eds).

• Issuance of one student email (newsletter) sent out per week with campus activities for that week.

• Simplify allocations process by having requests submitted on TigerLink.

• Implement a texting system that can be used by professors to notify students of class activities and canceled class.

• Appoint students to a dining committee that will work with Chartwells’s new management.

• Increase the hours for the Union Station in the afternoon.

• Make the SGA newsletter more public by distributing it throughout the community, inserting it into other publications.

• Advocate for locked-in tuition rates for students.

• Advocate for a revised inclement-weather cancellation policy.

• Establish a code of ethics for senators and executive staff.

• Enhancements made to the current SGA website.

• Continue to support Open Educational Resources and the Red Balloon Project.

• Transparency to all stakeholders of SGA.

Taylor is a Junior at FHSU majoring in business management with a certificate in leadership studies. He is treasurer of SGA.  

He has been actively involved with Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, Management Marketing Association, First Year Experience Orientation leader, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Fort Hays Honor Society, SPURS, Alpha Lambda Delta, Up ’Til Dawn, Encounter and the SWIPE Out Hunger event.

He also serves on the Memorial Union Policy Committee, Allocations and Appropriations Committee, Scholarship Committee, Scholarship Environment Committee, and the College of Business Student Advisory Committee

Taylor originally is from Bushnell, Neb., and Greensburg.

Grant Rahjes is a sophomore at FHSU majoring in political science. He has been involved in SPURS, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Alpha Lambda Delta, Interfraternity Council and SGA. His hobbies include playing the guitar and piano, singing, emceeing events and being active politically. He has three years of experience at KRVN, an agriculture radio station.  He also earned honors for speech and forensics, acting, and music in high school.

Rahjes originally is from Phillipsburg but also has lived in Topeka, Silver Lake and Tonganoxie in Kansas, and graduated from Elwood High School in Elwood, Neb.