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Renaming The Randy Dragon: Results

After a busy few weeks filled with by-elections, campaigns and voting, we now have two new Sabbatical Officers in place and a brand new name to take over from the Randy Dragon. It was a great opportunity to have your opinion on the union’s work moving forward and we are thankful to all of you who participated.

After a busy few weeks filled with by-elections, campaigns and voting, we now have two new Sabbatical Officers in place and a brand new name to take over from the Randy Dragon. It was a great opportunity to have your opinion on the union’s work moving forward and we are thankful to all of you who participated. 

 

When looking to rebrand, we asked for your help, we needed a name that was representative of you as students studying in 2021 and you didn’t disappoint. It was important for us that you had your say and we were overwhelmed with the many great suggestions that we could use in the rebranding of the Randy Dragon. Both student officers and representatives had to work hard in order to shortlist the top 3 names to Mo’s, The Final Draft and Y Wlad and it wasn’t an easy choice. 

 

However, as we announced yesterday, with 210 votes, we are thrilled to be moving forward to have Mo’s as the new name for our Treforest pub. We hope you all are pleased with this decision and will look forward to seeing this process of reinvention. It is also important that we announce our lucky winner of the competition for the LG Smart TV, Rebecca Hunt, who was selected at random from our voters. So, congratulations Rebecca and thank you to everyone for their suggestions and votes. Without your participation, we would not have been able to move forward to rebuild a safer and more inclusive place for you to relax or co-study.
 

As well as announcing the name, we feel it is important for us to give you an insight into the reasoning and story behind our new name and rebranding. From the beginning of the campaign, many students began to suggest a tribute to Mo, a fellow student at the University, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Mo was seen as a close friend to many people who studied at the University of South Wales and many hold special memories of him and his time spent in Treforest and the Randy Dragon. By renaming our pub to Mo’s we are paying tribute to his life and the impact he had on so many of you. 

 

One student who submitted a name paid a touching tribute stating that the name was:

“In memory of a friend that we lost. Mo was a very close friend to a lot of people on campus. He sadly passed away but having this in his memory would mean the world to everyone. Mo would always make you feel happy and at ease. He was the light in everyone's lives. Naming the Randy after Mo would be a safe place for people to go relax, unwind and enjoy themselves. Mo was a very happy, positive and special person to many people. He has a very special place in many people’s hearts. He sadly passed away in the middle of this year, and Treforest, Randy Dragon and the University campus were the last few places he spent his time in and where a lot of his friends have their final memories with him.”

 

We wanted a name that represented you as well as the union’s values and feel this name does this and more. Mo’s is a completely fitting name and a step in the right direction to cultivate an uplifting and safe space for students to socialise. Moving forward, we hope to hit the ground running with the process of the rebrand, so Mo’s will be fully established and put into place in the new academic year.

 

As we say goodbye to the name of The Randy Dragon, we look forward to creating brand new memories in Mo’s and hope to cultivate an uplifting atmosphere in his memory. Be sure to raise a toast to Mo and hold him your thoughts as a student, workmate and friend.