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.

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!

Buggy 101: Active and Recruiting Teams 2020-2021

Hi everyone, and especially new students!

With new students arriving on campus and recruitment happening virtually this year, we thought we’d put together a list of teams and contact info for people to reference. This is also the first post in “Buggy 101”, our upcoming content series focused on introductory material to support the Buggy community.

Below is a list of active sweepstakes organizations, their chairs’ contact info, and a team website if they have one. Every team has their own unique character so be sure to shop around! It would be best to email contact, but if you like you can comment on this post. If you have any general questions, feel free to email buggy@andrew.cmu.edu .

Apex
Contact: cmu.apex@gmail.com

The Atlas Project
Contact: atlasbuggy@gmail.com
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/atlasbuggy

CIA Buggy
Contact: cia@andrew.cmu.edu
Website: ciabuggy.org

Delta Gamma
Contact: skbattag@andrew.cmu.edu

Fringe
Contact: fringe.execboard@gmail.com
Website: https://fringe.org/

Kappa Kappa Gamma + Kappa Sigma
Contact: jrushkof@andrew.cmu.edu

Phi Delta Theta
Contact: jcassady@andrew.cmu.edu

Pi Kappa Alpha
Contact: aosilver@andrew.cmu.edu

Robobuggy
Contact: djohnsto@andrew.cmu.edu
Website: https://roboticsclub.org/projects/robobuggy/

Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Contact: scbowman@andrew.cmu.edu

SigEp Racing
Contact: lazarandjelic16@gmail.com
Website: https://www.sigep.fun/campus.html

Sigma Nu
Contact: mvanbusk@andrew.cmu.edu

Spirit Buggy
Contact: thomasa1@andrew.cmu.edu
Website: https://www.spiritracingsystems.com/

Student Dormitory Council
Contact: join@sdcbuggy.org

Welcome Back to Campus with New Sweepstakes!

As students move back on campus in the fall, we thought it’d be a great time to highlight the group that will be leading the effort this year. The Raceday 2021 Sweepstakes Committee has been working hard to prep for the fall so look out for updates of what this group is up to!

Chairwoman: Tishya Girdhar was a driver and mechanic for fringe for three years, and served as Safety Chair last year. She’s looking forward to help plan Buggy 100+! (as we’re casually calling it). Feel free to reach out to her if you have any suggestions/ideas!!

Safety Chair:  Bethany Bauer is a senior physics major in SHS. Previously, she’s served as a driver and mechanic on Apex. Bethany is excited to be your safety chair!

Assistant Chair: Natalie Herrmann is a rising senior studying Civil Engineering. She was a mechanic for Fringe the past 3 years, and served as their Chairman for the past 2 years. Apart from buggy, she’s also involved with Fringe and ASCE booth. She’s pumped for this year, and can’t wait to see what all the teams can do!

Design Comp Chair: Carl Young was previously the Head Mechanic for SigEp Racing, A-Team Hill 3, and Chairman! He’s ready to carry on the good work put in last year to make the “100th anniversary of Raceday” the best yet!