New BAA Subcommittees for 2021

New this year, the BAA is rolling out subcommittees to help us tackle our goals quickly and generate new ideas. Each subcommittee will be made up of BAA board members as well as alumni and current students. All groups are currently looking for new members so please contact the emails below if you are interested! Each subcommittee will set its own meeting schedule, but meetings will likely be held on a monthly basis. Many of the subcommittees will share information on our Discord server, which you can join at cmubuggy.org/chat. Additionally, our BAA discord is always a great place to hear from other members and share ideas and memories!

Constitution Subcommittee

New Teams Subcommittee

Marketing Subcommittee

Website Subcommittee

Event Planning Subcommittee

  • Goal: plan events the BAA can host during the year (virtual or in person) and on raceday
  • Contact: willyclark@cmubuggy.org

Broadcast Subcommittee

BAA Election Results and New Officers for 2021-2023 Term

Hi all, here are your new officers for the 2021-2023 term!

President
Connor Hayes

Rolls Reporting Officer:
Tishya Girdhar

Webmaster:
Madison Scott

The remaining officer was re-elected to her position and we’re overjoyed to have Communications Officer Linna Griffin returning for a second term.

Thanks everyone for voting and participating in the election process! I will be in contact to get our new officers on board as quickly as possible and look forward to building an amazing buggy experience next year.

BAA Elections for 2022 Term

Greetings BAA members,

The time has finally arrived to vote on our officers for the 2021-2023 term. Thank you for your patience during the nomination process. All officer terms are for two years with potential for one re-election to the same position for a second term. Each position requires at least 20 votes or votes of confidence. Additionally, each position will have a write in option. We have 1 contested race and 3 no-contest races on the ballot:



Contested Races:
President (Dave Singh, Connor Hayes, Matt Gallabrese)

Uncontested Races:
Communications (Linna Griffin)
Rolls Reporter (Tishya Girdhar)
Webmaster (Madison Scott)



To cast your vote, click below!

Voting is open until May 21st!

Rolls Report: May 1 & 2 – Mini Raceday

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This year’s Raceday looked very different from those in the past. The years 2020 and 2021 brought a lot of challenges for students and the buggy community as a whole. However, despite all odds, I’m excited to report that CMU once again got to see some buggies racing around the course.

This year’s timed trials ran similarly to the Mini Racedays that typically occur in the fall. Before getting to the times and observations, I thought it would be helpful to preface this report with some of the changes and rules that were established to ensure that these rolls were carried out as safely as possible.

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RD21 Rules:

In addition to the usual disqualification rules, there were two other main changes. The first is that wheel heating was forbidden for all teams. This was to keep the heats as safe as possible (especially since teams did not have as much time to practice as they had in past years due to Covid-19 restrictions on practices). Second, there was the 15′ mask rule that stated that an entire team can be DQ’d if one of their members is within 15 feet of any other person without a mask on.

The same restrictions on number of team members allowed to be on the course were also in effect meaning teams were limited on the number of mechanics and pushers they could have on the course at any given time. This also meant that there were no nonstudents or alumni allowed to observe the heats.

Lastly, each team was allowed two timed rolls for both their Men’s and Women’s teams. The best of the two times would be taken as the official time. All heats were single buggy heats.

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Useful Links:

If you missed the livestream, you can still watch the recording of this year’s Rolls/Mini Raceday hybrid and the Carnival – Buggy is Loading event with the links below. In addition, buggy has been featured in a couple of CMU news articles so check those out too!

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Mini-Raceday 2021 Recording

Carnival 2021 – Buggy is Loading

Students Give Buggy New Push

This is how we roll – College of Engineering

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Saturday Morning Rolls Practice:

Saturday was split into practice time for Apex, CIA, and PiKA and timed trials for Spirit. Rolls were delayed about half an hour due to the presence of some stubborn bollards, but things were soon back on track.

Apex and CIA rolled Firefly, Molotov, Emperor, and Kingfisher for 4 rolls each. I’m pretty sure I saw Firefly’s back hatch opened for a roll, so I hope its driver’s feet weren’t too cold.

PiKA kept up their longstanding tradition of trying to get as many rolls in at the very last minute as possible. In an effort to quickly get Banshee qualified, the team rolled before, in between, and after Spirit’s timed trials later in the day. By the end of the day they were able to squeeze in an 8th roll putting them well over the threshold for qualification.

Below, is a picture of this crazy year’s heroes: Sweepstakes + Kaycee sporting some new jackets. Glad to see that not even a pandemic can keep Sweepstakes from ordering new jackets every year. It’s also important to note how safe former Safety Chairman and current Sweepstakes Chairman, Tishya was being. She set an excellent example of social distancing and protection with her raspberry inspired outfit.

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Team Rosters

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Women’s Mini-Raceday Times (Official)

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Men’s Mini-Raceday Times (Official)

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King of the Hill: Clayton Edwards (SDC) – 00:16.82

Queen of the Hill: Hailey McDonald (SDC) – 00:21.34

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Saturday Timed Trials:

Spirit debuted Seraph’s newest paint job on Saturday and was the only team to have their four timed rolls on Saturday (2 for both the Men’s and Women’s teams).

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Sunday Timed Trials:

Apex Women’s knocked off almost 20 seconds in the second roll! Good thing, since their first one was DQ’d for the 5 Second Rule. CIA and SigEp’s Women’s teams also shaved off a second or two for a faster time the second time around. SDC, Fringe, and Spirit placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively in the Women’s portion of the races. PiKA’s Women’s teams also ran into some trouble with face mask and pushbar violations disqualifying their second fastest times.

SDC, CIA, and PiKA Men’s were all slightly faster in their second roll, but it was not enough to change the leaderboard. SDC, CIA, and PiKA would take home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places respectively.

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Buggies in Geography:

This week buggy’s got international! Spot the buggy and identify where in the world they are. Welcome to… Buggies in Geography!

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And keep an eye out on the CMU official Social Media platforms for buggy related news:
https://www.instagram.com/carnegiemellon/
https://www.instagram.com/sliceatcmu/
https://www.instagram.com/cmucarnival/
https://www.instagram.com/cmuengineering/

Rolls Report Contributors:

Jasio S.

Sweepstakes (for being my eyes and ears at Rolls)

Various Team and University Instagram Accounts

My brother for teaching me how to remove white backgrounds of buggy pictures for my memes.

Vidya for editing my otherwise error and typo ridden reports

(and because she’ll kill me for not mentioning her before)

April Showers Bring…May Raceday

We’ve made it to (Mini-)Raceday!  COVID has dealt a number of blows to Buggy over the past year, but Sweepstakes worked incredibly hard to get buggies back on the course this Spring and now it’s time to crown a champion. 

For the first time in 50 years, Raceday returns to its roots; the month of May. We’ll be live-streaming Mini-Raceday on both Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2, beginning at ~6:15AM ET.  You can watch along at http://tinyurl.com/BuggyLive2021, and of course, the Discord is always open for alumni and students to watch and talk together (and based on past experience, there might even be additional camera angles).

Of course, much like everything else this past year, this won’t be a traditional Raceday.  COVID safety measures are still in place, which means that alumni should not attend in person. There won’t be any crowds, and the teams themselves are limited in personnel and attendance.  In total, 7 organizations will be competing in both Men’s and Women’s races in a “time trial”-style of racing.  Only 1 buggy will be on the course at a time.  Each Men’s team and each Women’s team will receive 2 individually timed rolls, and the best of those two times will be the team’s official time.  In the event a team doesn’t finish or has a disqualification in one of their runs, then the other run will determine the team’s official time.  However, certain event-based DQs, such as noncompliance with COVID safety measures, will result in a full team DQ and no official time will be recorded for that team.

The normal cmuTV and WRCT broadcast teams won’t be out on the course, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be without commentary.  Representatives from CMU’s SLICE office will be on-site to announce the races and keep those of us at home informed of what’s going on at the corner of Tech & Frew.  And of course, alumni, students and parents in the Discord will almost certainly provide some commentary of their own.

Saturday, May 1 – Saturday will begin with a normal session of Rolls from ~6:15-7:45AM.  3 teams – Apex, CIA, and PiKA – will be in attendance during the regular rolls session.  At 7:45AM, Apex and CIA will pack up and go home to prepare for Sunday.  In their place, Spirit will attend and will collect their official times from 7:45-8:45AM.  PiKA will remain on the course at that time but will not have their times recorded on Saturday.  Instead, they will collect additional practice rolls in preparation for their timed runs on Sunday (keeping them in the order will also give Spirit a breather between races).

Sunday, May 2 – Sweepstakes will be timing heats all morning, beginning at ~6:15AM.  6 teams – Apex, CIA, Fringe, PiKA, SDC, and SigEp – will be in attendance, and each of them will be competing for the grand prize (along with Spirit’s times from Saturday).  Each team will have their Women’s push team go first, one at a time, until the roll order has been completed.  Once the order has been completed, then each Women’s team will push a second time.  Once all of the Women’s teams have gone, those pushers will leave and be replaced by the Men’s teams (and for certain teams, buggies and drivers will be swapped as well).  The process will then repeat for the Men’s teams.  Each roll will be 5-6 minutes gun-to-gun.  The roll order (which is based on the heat selection order) will be as follows:

  • Apex
  • SigEp
  • Fringe
  • CIA
  • PiKA
  • SDC

Once all of the rolls have occurred and the times are in, Sweepstakes will officially crown the 2021 winners.  And if you can’t attend, just stay tuned to cmubuggy.org, where you’ll get all of the highlights and results from the day.

So with that, who do you think will win Raceday 2021?  How do you feel about a year of time trials, after all of the back-and-forth about it in the past?  Do you have any questions about the set-up?  Let us know if the comments below or on Discord.

Rolls Report: Apr. 24 – Pandemic Pandemonium

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Pandemic Pandemonium?!?!

No, not really. To be honest, not all that much happened at rolls and there certainly wasn’t any pandemonium.

Luckily there are no stops or accidents to report this weekend (although, it makes for boring reading). However, teams were out with full push teams in preparation for next week!

This upcoming Saturday, the early morning will serve as practice time for some teams and then Spirit will have timed runs a little bit later. Sunday will consist of timed runs for the remaining teams (CIA, PiKA, Apex, SDC, Fringe, and SigEp). You can watch the livestream of this year’s Rolls/Raceday hybrid with the following link:

Buggy Live 2021

The College of Engineering social media team also recently put together this video spotlighting buggy! Watch how the current students are managing to keep the sport alive even in the midst of a pandemic:

CoE Buggy 2021 Video

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In Attendance

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FringeBlind Faith, Baltic
SDCBane
SigEpKraken, Barracuda
SpiritSeraph, Zuke

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Observations (Gallery Currently Unavailable)

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I do want to give a shoutout to SDC! Congratulations on Bane’s 47th roll this semester. An incredibly impressive number given well… everything going on this year. Keep up the good work!

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Buggies in Hollywood:

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To make up for the lack of content please enjoy some more memes. Stay tuned for next week’s theme: Buggies in Geography!

This week I’ve found a number of buggies appearing on the silver screen. Name the buggy characters and their movies!

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https://www.instagram.com/cmucarnival/
https://www.instagram.com/cmuengineering/

Rolls Report Contributors:

Jasio S.

Sweepstakes (for being my eyes and ears at Rolls)

Various Team and University Instagram Accounts

My brother for teaching me how to remove white backgrounds of buggy pictures for my memes.

Rolls Report: Apr. 17 & 18 – A Corona Carnival

I don’t have the energy for anything creative this week RIP

The Rolls Reporting Officer doesn’t usually report on rolls during Carnival (that’s someone else’s job). But these rolls weren’t technically Raceday so I suppose it weirdly falls under my jurisdiction… just another unprecedented buggy first. Anywho, there were a few hiccups, but overall teams were able to get some practice and show off their newest additions this past weekend. Most buggies got between 3 to 5 rolls each day with a couple of exceptions. The lower numbers were likely due to some Rolls holds (something very much not unprecedented.)

Our usual fleet of buggies was out this weekend (sans SigEp) and with the addition of Atlas stopping by for some data collection. Saturday saw some delay when a pusher was checked out for an injury on the backhills, but things were soon back on track. There was a bit more of a serious accident on Sunday, but we’ll get to that later (everyone’s okay now!). Sunday Rolls were also temporarily put on hold when the course had a very ominous amount of fog. Students were given the choice of waiting out the fog or becoming part of a Stephen King novel, and very luckily chose the former. Check out these spectacularly spooky pictures taken just before Transition and in the Chute.

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It’s too late for this nonsense

This weekend’s practice sessions were not timed, but don’t worry Buggy fans! Sweepstakes is working on some timed Rolls coming up in place of a traditional Raceday. However, it was Carnival weekend and Design Comp carried on. Congratulations to Fringe and Apex for placing this year. Fringe’s Baltic and Blind Faith placed first and second respectively, and Molotov won Apex’s first ever Design Comp win with third place! Congrats guys, you’ve made this old, irrelevant alum quite proud.

A Post-Design Comp Photo Shoot

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Since it was Carnival Weekend, we do have some good news! Students and staff were able to get some cameras set up and livestream last weekend’s practices. If you weren’t able to catch the livestreams, checkout the two highlight videos below!

Buggy Free Roll April 17th Highlights

Buggy Free Roll April 18th Highlights

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In Attendance

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AtlasBaby Buggy
ApexFirefly, Molotov
CIAAurora, Kingfisher
Fringe Blind Faith, Baltic
PiKABanshee, Ckliodhna
SDCBane
SpiritSeraph, Zuke

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Observations (Gallery Currently Unavailable)

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Atlas was back out this weekend with Baby Buggy. Hopefully they were able to collect some good data before nap time.

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Apex unveiled Molotov’s paint job this weekend. I think teams really brought out their A game with this year’s paint jobs. Molotov seemed to steal the spotlight from Firefly who was also out this weekend with the team’s first ever Design Comp win, but I am VERY okay with that. Congrats again!

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CIA was out on Saturday with its two newest buggies: Aurora and Kingfisher. This is the first time Aurora has been out this year, and for those of you unaware, Aurora is the first CIA buggy in decades to feature a dropping pushbar. For any 70’s CIA alum, your legacy is still very much alive!

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Fringe shared the course only with PiKA on Sunday, rolling it’s two newest buggies: Baltic and Blind Faith. Both these buggies also took home 1st and 2nd place at this year’s Design Comp continuing their winning streak. Fringe sure does know how to build ’em. Here’s a picture of Baltic sporting a new look too:

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PiKA returned after mysteriously vanishing last weekend, but ran into some trouble. Unfortunately, Sunday’s practice session was put on hold after an accident where Cleo crashed straight into the Chute’s outer bales. It’s unclear what caused the accident and when we’ll see Cleo back on the course. Luckily, the driver was checked out by EMS and is doing just fine now!

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SDC and Spirit rolled on Saturday incident free and shared the highest number of rolls this weekend with Bane and Seraph both making it around the course 8 times.

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Movie/TV Parody of the Week:

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Stay tuned for next week’s Rolls Report because I’m going to be playing with this section a bit more. Guess the buggy related title!

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And keep an eye out on the CMU official Social Media platforms for buggy related news:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B29KRrMndbO/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B24apxaHpmK/

Rolls Report Contributors:

Jasio S.

Sweepstakes and Dave (for being my eyes and ears at Rolls)

Various Team and University Instagram Accounts

My brother for teaching me how to remove white backgrounds of buggy pictures for my memes.

Rolls Report: Apr. 10 – Rock and Rolls

Hey Tishya,

This Rolls Report will be relatively short. Unfortunately, Sunday was rained out, but the few teams that were out were able to get some good practice in. Saturday rolls ran smoothly without any incidents with fou… three teams out.

Good luck

In Attendance

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FringeBlind Faith, Baltic
SDCBane
SigEpKraken, Hydra

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At least it’s not as cold as when we did it.

Fringe rolled stop free with their newest members of their Fringe framily. Blind Faith and Baltic got 8 and 7 rolls, respectively.

‘Twas quite unpleasant…

SDC‘s Bane got 13 rolls in one day! Wow! Congrats to SDC for that achievement. It’s very rare we see roll counts in the double digits for a single day of rolls.

Elyce is still salty that I didn’t help both days.

SigEp‘s Hydra and Kraken got 5 and 4 rolls, respectively before scratching for the day. With SigEp out of the picture, Fringe and SDC racked up rolls with some rollarounds similar to the first weekend.

The good thing is

PiKA was scheduled to show up this weekend, but bailed at the last minute leaving behind this ominous scene (their team’s tent in total disarray).

we set the bar for painting real real real low…

Movie Parody of the Week:

You really can’t

Guess the buggy related movie title!

possibly do any worse than we did.

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Well… have fun!

And keep an eye out on the CMU official Social Media platforms for buggy related news:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B29KRrMndbO/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B24apxaHpmK/

Rolls Report Contributors:

Jasio S.

Sweepstakes (for being my eyes and ears at rolls)

Rolls Report: Apr. 03 & 04 – Third Time’s the Charm

If anyone else

Welcome to 2021’s third Rolls Report! This week brings us a new buggy, the return of an old team, movie references, and a whole lot of rolls.

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In Attendance

OrgSaturdaySunday
Apex Phoenix, Molotov
CIA Emperor, Kingfisher
FringeBoson, Baltic
PiKABanshee, Clyodhna
SDCBane
SigEpKraken, Hydra
Spirit Seraph

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and Vidya

Apex debuted their their newest buggy, Molotov! Phoenix and Molotov got 7 and 8 rolls in respectively.

for it taking so long.

CIA, thank you for being the only team to update your Instagram account with pictures. I appreciate it <3. Emperor and Kingfisher got 7 and 8 in respectively.

And maybe me

Fringe encountered some vision problems, but managed to get 10 rolls in Baltic (the most of any buggy this weekend) and Boson returned for two rolls.

a little bit…

PiKA has returned! Banshee was reported to have some windshield problems and scratched after its first roll, but Cleo got in 7 roll this Saturday.

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SDC, SigEp, and Spirit rolled problem free this weekend. Bane and Seraph rolled 8 times each. SigEp also got 8 rolls if you combine Hydra and Kraken’s counts.

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Movie Parody of the Week:

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This new segment combines my love of memes and pop culture references. Guess the buggy related movie title!

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And keep an eye out on the CMU official Social Media platforms for buggy related news:
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https://www.instagram.com/p/B24apxaHpmK/

Rolls Report Contributors:

Jasio S.

Sweepstakes (for being my eyes and ears at rolls)

Rolls Report: Mar. 27 – They did it… again!

Welcome back everyone! Sweepstakes has done what may have seemed impossible at first by pulling off another successful day of rolls. Even though Sunday was rained out, teams were able to get up to 7 cycles in on Saturday morning. Saturday was also the debut of SpIApex (more on that later)! Just another example of how students are rising to the challenge of continuing the tradition of buggy in creative and safe ways.

We’ve also got some questions about rolls and the potential Raceday they may be leading up to. Just as a reminder, these rolls practices are strictly for the students participating only and this will likely also be the case for this year’s “Raceday”. It’s still unclear what that may look like, but no matter what happens, these weekends of rolls are major victories for the buggy community.

Another quick note:

If you’ve enjoyed these roll reports or even if you haven’t and think you can do better, my term is coming to an end this year. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming the new Rolls Reporting Officer, feel free to reach out to me (jasiosantillan@cmubuggy.org) and make sure to fill out the nomination form by May 3rd.

Gonna try something new here.

In Attendance

OrgSaturday
ApexPhoenix
CIAEmperor
FringeBlueshift, Blind Faith
SDCBane
SigEpKraken, Barracuda
SpiritSeraph

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Fringe brought out Blueshift and Blind Faith out this weekend with the former getting 1 roll in and the latter getting an impressive 6 rolls in. There was one stop during Fringe’s run, but it was accident free and things were soon back on track.

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SDC returned with the fearsome Bane styling some bright yellow wheels. It’s good to see that the SDC teddy bear is still coming out to rolls. Bane shared the top roll count with CIA’s Emperor making it around the course 7 times.

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SigEp was out this weekend in full force rolling Kraken and Barracuda. Both buggies made it around the course 5 times.

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SpIApex. This is a new one. In the past we have seen teams team up before (especially when they’re scrambling for qualifying rolls *cough cough Pike cough*). I remember times when CIApex rolled together and shared a follow car. But this weekend we saw a 3 team conglomerate with Spirit, CIA, and Apex joining forces to roll together (while still abiding by the Sweepstakes Covid-19 restrictions). Even in these crazy times, teams are finding creative ways to work together and overcome some unprecedented challenges. Good work SpIApex (though, you should probably workshop the name a little bit more).

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Meme of the Week:

While rolls went on mostly hitch-free, it looks like there was a delay at the start. Drone footage caught this wacky scene where the Ever Given caused yet another traffic jam that students are calling the “Suez Chute”.

(I wonder if anyone else has noticed these)

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Rolls Report Contributors:

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