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Roller Derby Season Opener in Austin Texas

A message from Beck Wise, Women's and Gender Studies graduate student and roller girl

Sun, February 20, 2011 | Austin Convention Center

Dear all,
My name is Beck and I'm a first-year Masters student in the CWGS. I play roller derby with the Texas Rollergirls and I'd like to invite you all to come watch the season opener on February 20 at the Austin Convention Centre.
Tickets are on sale on our website currently, but I found out yesterday that they're a couple bucks cheaper if you buy directly from me, so I will have paper ones available next week for anyone that wants to track me down. ($10 if you catch me, $12 if it's more convenient to buy online, $15 if you wait til the last minute and buy at the door.) The easiest way for you to catch me might be to swing by my office hours, as you will be guaranteed to find me in FAC 16 on Tuesdays between 9.30 and 11, and Wednesdays between 9 and 10.30. Otherwise, shoot me an email ( and we can work something out.
This is an all-ages event and family-friendly. Wear purple and silver to support my team, the Hustlers!
A little background: roller derby is a grassroots, full-contact sport played primarily by women all over the world (400+ leagues including, yes, Australia) and Texas Rollergirls was the first league in the world to begin playing the sport in its modern incarnation. As well as the competitive league I'm a part of, we also run a thriving recreational programme and our Derby Brats programme for girls under 18. The league is a women-owned, women-operated non-profit organisation with all the work done by its members as volunteers. We are really carving out a space for women in two spheres traditionally dominated by men: contact sports and business.
Texas Rollergirls is a great feminist organisation that I'm really proud to be a part of, but more importantly: it's fun and I want to share it with you guys! It should be a great night out and I'd love it if you could be there. Please touch base with me if you want to find out more.

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