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 {{http://joshuawise.com/photos/2012-spring-carnival/raceday/bonsai-all-hands-on-deck.scale.jpg?340 |}} Buggy is one of those few competitive sports that fosters at least some level of collaboration.  Everyone wants to win, but everyone knows that sweepstakes can't survive without everyone playing fairly.  When someone crashes in the chute, everyone is ready to help out, and do whatever it takes.  When a small or struggling organization has a broken buggy, three different organizations will pitch in effort and manpower to help.  When Bonsai spun in the women's heats on raceday, even the most diehard SDC alumni hoped that they'd have it fixed up in time for the men's heats; they knew what it was like to have a push team and a driver practicing all year just for that day. {{http://joshuawise.com/photos/2012-spring-carnival/raceday/bonsai-all-hands-on-deck.scale.jpg?340 |}} Buggy is one of those few competitive sports that fosters at least some level of collaboration.  Everyone wants to win, but everyone knows that sweepstakes can't survive without everyone playing fairly.  When someone crashes in the chute, everyone is ready to help out, and do whatever it takes.  When a small or struggling organization has a broken buggy, three different organizations will pitch in effort and manpower to help.  When Bonsai spun in the women's heats on raceday, even the most diehard SDC alumni hoped that they'd have it fixed up in time for the men's heats; they knew what it was like to have a push team and a driver practicing all year just for that day.
  
-{{ http://joshuawise.com/photos/2012-spring-carnival/raceday/raptor-chute.scale.jpg?300|}}The other side of buggy is that it's a uniquely Carnegie Mellon experience.  "My heart is in the work" -- indeed!  This is why I was shocked and saddened as an alum, then, to see corporate sponsorship plastered all about the course this year.  I was not terribly impressed by the sponsor's products; but in my racedays past, I was always happy to see the black PiKA buggy at right, even if they weren't my favorite team.  (Well, even if I really didn't like that team.)  When raceday was invaded this year by Chrysler, though, I felt like the sport had been compromised; in addition to the banners simply being an eyesore on the course, one of the most prized elements of Sweepstakes is that teams are never allowed to accept corporate sponsorship.+{{ http://joshuawise.com/photos/2012-spring-carnival/raceday/raptor-chute.scale.jpg?300|}}The other side of buggy is that it's a uniquely Carnegie Mellon experience.  "My heart is in the work" -- indeed!  This is why I was shocked and saddened as an alum, then, to see corporate sponsorship plastered all about the course this year.  I was not terribly impressed by the sponsor's products; but in my racedays past, I was always happy to see the SDC buggy at right, even if they weren't my favorite team.  When raceday was invaded this year by Chrysler, though, I felt like the sport had been compromised; in addition to the banners simply being an eyesore on the course, one of the most prized elements of Sweepstakes is that teams are never allowed to accept corporate sponsorship.
  
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