Carnival 2020

Post date: Mar 6, 2020 7:57:57 PM

Join PIKE at CMU Spring Carnival 2020!

Brothers and Alumni of the Beta Sigma Chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity:

Spring Carnival weekend at CMU is April 16 – 18, 2020.

This year is the 100th year of buggy races at CMU, so the Buggy Alumni Association has been hard at work with plenty of activities around the centennial. We will celebrate by hosting a Pi Kappa Alpha Reunion.

We will reunite with all brothers and alumni of Pi Kappa Alpha. We’ll celebrate major reunion milestones for the classes of 2010, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1980, and 1970. We’ll also celebrate all those who were part of PiKA buggy over the years.

One thing is for sure, time does fly so don’t let this pass you by! The reunion is sponsored by the Beta Sigma Alumni Association (BSAA) and the current active brothers.

In order to get an accurate head count, we will need to know the details of those who plan to attend (and their guests). Please fill out this RSVP form.

The Fire Engine will be at the top of Hill 2 during the races. Pictured: Carnival 2000.

Weekend Agenda of Activities

We encourage you to also register for the on-campus events on CMU’s Carnival website, which includes many other events on campus. On-campus events currently do not have exact locations assigned, but we will publish them when they are finalized.

If you’d like to stay in touch with other Pikes in real time during the weekend, please join our GroupMe group message.

Thursday, April 16

12pm-2pm Buggy Showcase

View the latest buggy designs, talk with the teams and vote for the Buggy People’s Choice Award.

Friday, April 17

8am-1pm Prelim Buggy Races

Watch the races with fellow PIKE alumni. We usually have gatherings of people in the middle of Flagstaff Hill, and at the top of Hill 2, where we will have the Fire Engine.

1-3pm Pi Kappa Alpha Luncheon

Join fellow PIKE alumni, active brothers, and family for an informal lunch sponsored by the chapter. This will take place somewhere on campus, likely in the university center.

4pm Tom Wood’s History of Buggy

With a special focus on the 100th anniversary, Buggy historian and guru Tom Wood (E 1974) shares the history of CMU's unique sport from how it started to how it became what it is today.

4pm-? PIKE Alumni Happy Hour

We are planning to meet at Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh, Southside Works, 2705 South Water St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203. We will not have a reservation, but will plan to start arriving around 4pm to claim an area.

7pm-9pm Buggy Bash

This event is hosted by the CMU Buggy Alumni Association. Please register on CMU’s website. The description of the event is:

Join the campus community to celebrate Buggy 100! This fun, casual event will include Buggy-themed food and refreshments, trivia, Buggy-themed activities and demonstrations and an opportunity to share your Buggy memories. NOTE: Calling all alumni who were pushers, mechanics, drivers and more! Enjoy a 6:30 PM early access, so come connect with old friends and make new memories!

Registration Requested/Event Fee: $20 alumni/guests; $5 students; Free for children 12 and under

Saturday, April 18

8:30am-12:30pm Final Races

Watch the races with fellow PIKE alumni. We usually have gatherings of people in the middle of Flagstaff Hill, and at the top of Hill 2, where we will have the Fire Engine.

12:30pm Post-race Buggy100 photo

Be a part of Buggy 100 forever in a huge group photo on Hill 1 after the races.

1-3pm PIKE Lunch and Beta Sigma Meeting

In addition to lunch, there will also be presentations by the Beta Sigma Alumni Association (BSAA) and the Beta Sigma Corporation (BSC), and it will serve as the annual meetings. All brothers and alumni (and families) are welcome. This will take place somewhere on campus, likely in Giant Eagle auditorium in Baker Hall.

The BSAA will be holding its officer elections, so please reach out if you are interested in volunteering - we will find a spot for you.

4-5pm Spring Carnival Booth & Sweepstakes Award Ceremony

Hopefully we’ll be cheering on PiKA Buggy as they collect their 1st place trophies.

7pm-12 midnight Pi Kappa Alpha CMU Reunion at the Wyndham

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Cost is $49 per person - ask that you pay in advance. This includes a buffet dinner. There will be a cash bar. Business casual, suggest jackets. Please bring memorabilia or pictures to display. Slideshow to be provided—bring some photos in electronic format if you want them projected (contact Jim Plymyer or Tom Wood for info).

Payment info: Cost is $49 per person. You can pay online through Paypal (click here), or you can make a check payable to “Beta Sigma Alumni Association, and mail it to:

Beta Sigma Alumni Association

c/o Jim Plymyer

1416 Edenwood Dr

Beavercreek OH 45434-6822

Room block information:

The PIKE room block at the Wyndham is already fully booked. The CMU Buggy Alumni Association also has some room blocks set up - please inquire with them if interested. Let us know if you’d like any other hotel recommendations.

Check out the CMU Buggy Alumni Association's fantastic news series detailing all 100 years of buggy history:

Hope to see you there!

In φφκα,

Sean Sechrist

Beta Sigma Alumni Association (with date of initiation)

Tom Wood (Social Chair, 1969)

Joey Raudabaugh (President, 2008)

Andrew Fernandes (Vice President, 2013)

Jim Plymyer (Treasurer, 1974)

Dave Conley (Buggy, 1988)

Sean Sechrist (Secretary, 2007)

BSAA Contributors

Keshav Raghavan (Chapter Advisor, 2008):

Young Choi (active Alumni Chairman, 2018)

Ken Janowitz (1968)