Spring 2013

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Elaine Helm: On Deadline

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In her five years as a newspaper reporter and editor and two years as an account executive at a public relations firm, Elaine Helm (J05) has thrived under deadline pressure. So when she was tasked with thinking of a number for her roller derby alter ego, there was one natural choice: 11th hour. Helm skates under the pseudonym “Deadline” in the Jet City Roller Girls league in Everett, Wash., outside of Seattle. A member of the Hula Honeys, she was the 2012 league MVP. Helm has been working in extremely demanding environments since her days at the Daily Northwestern, and during her time on the club rugby team at Northwestern, she found that the sport’s physical nature served as a stress reliever. When she settled in the Seattle area, Helm switched to roller derby. And she hasn’t looked back. “To be able to hit somebody and then go have a beer together afterward and laugh about it, I haven’t found anything quite like it,” Helm says.