Homecoming weekend and Mini Raceday events

We’re excited to be back in person and see your familiar faces out on the course! We have several Homecoming Weekend events and activities planned:

FANTASY BUGGY

Overview:

This year at Mini Raceday we will be testing your skills to see who can be the best chairperson! It’s time to prove you can build the best buggy team by participating in Fantasy Buggy. So, how does it work? The BAA will be timing each Hill time and free roll during rolls on Saturday November 6th. You will build your team of 1 Buggy and Hills 1-5 to aim for the best time. Your score will be an aggregate of your selected team. If you’re in town and interested in helping with timing, reach out to willyclark97@gmail.com.

Using this link, you will be able to fill out your team and compete to win a Buggy Prize Pack. Submissions are free, but if you’d like to donate to the BAA we won’t say no 😊

Timeline:

  • Fri Oct 29, 11:59pm: Game open to entries at this link
  • Fri Nov 5, 11:59pm: All entries must be in
  • Sat Nov 6, 7:30-9:00am: Homecoming rolls and times collected
  • Sun Nov 7: Winner is announced and we will contact you for the best way to receive your prize

Rules:

  • A “Team” will consist of 5 hills and 1 buggy
  • Score to be calculated by best hill times of the day + org’s best free roll time of the day
  • Each entry will be allowed to submit an alternate in the case that the org is a scratch or choose to not run the hill on that day (i.e., PiKA chooses to start at hill 2 so the alternate will be used for hill 1 time)
  • Each org may only be represented once in the starting line up and once in the alternate line up (i.e., if you choose SDC for the Buggy, you CANNOT choose SDC for any of the Hills)
  • All submissions that do not meet the rule requirements will not be eligible for the prize

BAR MEET UP

Friday Nov 5th, 8:00 pm at Fuel and Fuddle

Some BAA Officers will be meeting up for drinks and to talk buggy at Fuel and Fuddle Friday night ahead of Mini Raceday. If so inclined, come down, say hello, share your favorite buggy story, and brag about why your Fantasy Buggy team will be the best.

COFFEE AT THE COURSE OR ONLINE

Saturday No 6th, 7:30 am on the Course and virtually at cmubuggy.org/live

The BAA will have coffee and donuts available for anyone coming out to see rolls. Come by to say hello, and enjoy coffee and a donut on us!

Summary of 2021 Bylaws Updates

The following is a summary of Bylaws updates and revisions that have been proposed and voted on by Sweepstakes Committees and Org Chairs over the last few years in support of Buggy100, the COVID-19 pandemic, and codifications of current normal procedures. All of these changes have now been fully collected and included in the updated Bylaws here!

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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!

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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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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).

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BAA Call for Nominations, Election Year 2022

Hi everyone, it’s getting to be that time of year again! We are looking to elect several new people to officer positions, including President, Reporting Officer, and Webmaster. You can read about the positions in the nomination form here. If you’d like to hear more or get in touch with the current officer in the position, feel free to reach out on our Discord or send an email to admin at cmubuggy.org! I’d like to thank everyone for their amazing work in putting together BAA events and community in the face of all the challenges over the past year, and I’m overjoyed to see the return of rolls (and rolls reports!) these past weekends.

Also a big thanks to those in the community who have contributed to committee meetings, our social events (Among Us!) and mentorship resources — if you have any interest in being formally recognized for your work, feel free to nominate yourself for an officer position. And if you have an idea for a project that needs a new one, or just want to jump in and help out, feel free to reach out any time. We couldn’t do it without you!

2021 Call for Lifetime Membership

Hi all,

CMU has spearheaded the design and development of a Buggy Centennial Celebration art installation in the Cohon University Center, next to the auditorium entrance. Included in this 6’x20′ permanent installation is a list of BAA Lifetime Members in recognition of their gifts to Buggy. All current and future Lifetime Members will be listed with their indicia (if they wish) on an acrylic plate with black vinyl lettering. Although we are committed to updating this list with future Lifetime Members, we wanted to give people a chance to be a part of the inaugural group, to be unveiled at Carnival later this year.

We’re currently in the process of writing letters to thank those who have already donated, and recognize that we have unfulfilled promises still; 2 t-shirts and lifetime membership badge to be delivered at the next in-person Raceday we’re able to host. At the same time, we wanted to let folks know about this unique opportunity to be recognized and added to the installation in time for the formal unveiling.

Early Concept of CUC Display

If you are interested in becoming a Lifetime Member, please make a gift of $1,000 or more to the Buggy Endowed Fund by following the link below. Starting next semester, yields from the Buggy Endowed Fund will be distributed to student projects which “support the continued success and growth of Sweepstakes”. Yields from the Endowed Fund (as of this writing, approximately $2,500 yearly) will be designated to projects by a committee of students, alumni, and staff which will meet regularly to consider formal proposals. We’ll publish the bylaws for this committee shortly for those interested in reading more on how it works.

If you’d like to receive confirmation that your name will be added to the display in time for this year, please email your gift receipt to admin@cmubuggy.org and we’ll make sure that everything is squared away.

Lastly, we want to thank those who have given gifts this year at any level. The students are working hard to make rolls happen this semester and your contribution will support Sweepstakes this year and for years to come. We’re excited to share our plans for Carnival soon and promise to be in touch!

Winter 2020-2021 Newsletter

Greetings Buggy community!

I hope this message finds you happy and safe. In light of communication from the university regarding Carnival plans, we wanted to update you all with what’s been happening this year. We had hoped to write about the resumption of rolls since the fall semester has started but unfortunately I can’t say that is true yet.

As the university email states, alumni events for Carnival are currently being planned all virtually. At this time, students are still patiently waiting for the verdict on their proposed activities. We have several exciting events in the works and hope to share more soon, but for now, here’s our updates:

  • CUC Buggy Centennial Display: The artwork and design for the Centennial memorial display is being finalized and installation is planned in time for Carnival this year. We’re hoping to offer some kind of virtual unveiling event, so stay tuned!
  • Season 2 of Chute the Sh!t Podcast with Will Weiner: Will and Rachael have been hard at work coordinating the plan for another podcast season to follow up on last year. They’re still accepting suggestions for people to host, so feel free to drop a comment or reply if you have any ideas!
  • Buggy All-Stars returns: The Advanced Game Design class has agreed to continue development on the Buggy All-Stars game released last year. We can’t wait to see what new features they come up with next!
  • Alternate Design Competition: We’re working hard with the students to plan an alternate version of Design Competition for Carnival this year that can integrate remote students as well as virtual judges and potentially spectators. No new buggies have been permitted to be built this year so it is not likely to resemble our traditional Design Competition, but there is pretty good agreement that we want some flavor of replacement.
  • Among Us alumni social events: We’ve had a blast coordinating and playing Among Us with you all and definitely plan to continue that! Feel free to suggest other kinds of open social events we can host throughout the year.
  • Buggy 101 themed content: If the students are approved for in-person activities, we have a plan and some content ready to go to try and help drive student engagement. Unfortunately, we won’t have approval at least until 2/15, as the COVID rules committee won’t consider the students’ revisions until in-person activities are allowed to resume.
  • Endowed Fund progress: The Endowed Fund committee bylaws have been finalized and await administrative approval. Our first round of proposals and funding is very likely to go out in 2021, we just aren’t sure whether it will be in time for the spring at this point. Of course, the fund has been accruing yields for nearly a year at this point, which all are ready for disbursal — more on that when we give our financial update later on.
  • Buggy Build Book: Notable recent alumni Connor Hayes and Diya Nuxoll have been hard at work on an open-source build book. Although it’s not quite ready to go public yet, we are hoping revisions will be complete before Carnival and are very excited at what will likely be the definitive public resource for building a buggy.

We’ll send out some updates once we hear more in the form of an email newsletter to our distribution list. If you’d like to be added or have any questions, we can be reached by email (admin@cmubuggy.org) as well as through Facebook/Twitter/Instagram or join us on our Discord chat server!