The wrapup meeting was yesterday; Kaycee couldn't make it, so we'll have to try to meet with her over the summer.
Apparently, none of the chairs objected to starting races in the wet, so if everyone was happy, sweepstakes saw no reason to wait longer. Gambling with an early women's heat in order to save time for the men's prelims might even be a rational decision on the chairs' part. It is true that the number of spins matched that expected from practice - however, I think that's a black/white view that ignores all the close calls and the fact that a spin in a race has the chance to collect the following buggies. Somebody has to be the guniea pig to find out if conditions are good enough, but at least send them by themselves.
The general apathy seems to be showing up elsewhere too. In addition to not getting the interest of the best athletes, we also don't interest the best mechanics or organizers either, and the same is true for WRCT, CMUtv and W3VC. They don't get anything out of buggy other than satisfaction of a job well done, but if they're not motivated one year, we grumble, but it ultimately doesn't affect the anything. If sweepstakes or the teams aren't motivated, then somebody gets hurt.
As it is, there's a single candidate for next year's Sweepstakes chair, and none for Safety or any of the assistants. With teams as small as they are, losing a body to sweepstakes is a large hit for the team. Does anyone have suggestions for recruiting organizers from outside the usual buggy pool - e.g., a sweepstakes chair from the management school, or a safety chair from one of the engineering societies? Or for structuring responsibilities so that organizers don't have to leave their team, or so that non-buggy students can be hired/given credit for doing some of the things that need to be done.
The beauty of buggy is that it is entirely student-run, with minimal oversight from the university. I feel that BAA's involvement has been steadily creeping upwards in recent years, and that's had some benefits (timing, jumbotrons, commentary), but I'm not sure it is good that the students constantly have alumni looking over their shoulder. People always say that buggy is one serious accident away from ending, and yet we've had two in the last two years and not much has changed. Perhaps that was a fluke of statistics, or perhaps that's the new normal. Next year will tell.