Madison Flager


Andrew Aghapour, a Ph.D. student and stand-up writing workshop teacher, performs at N.C. Comedy Arts Festival on Feb. 5. Courtesy of Ryan Kelly Coil. 

Residents treasure local improv comedy classes at DSI Comedy Theater

DSI Comedy Theater regularly hosts comedy shows featuring improvisation, stand-up and scenes based on the lives of well-known local figures like Gary Crunkleton of The Crunkleton bar. Behind the scenes, DSI comedians and staff train new comics in six-week classes focused on improvisation, sketch comedy or stand-up writing.

Dale Bass, a junior admissions ambassador, is majoring in political science and Germanic and Slavic language and literature.

Students bring arts skills to tour guide position

Each fall, upward of 600 students apply for the prestigious role of admissions ambassador. Roughly 60 are accepted, joining the 180 current ambassadors who lead tours and host events for students interested in UNC. While applicants come from all backgrounds, those with experience in the arts have a leg up on the sometimes nerve-wracking task of public speaking that giving tours requires.

Q&A with electronic musician Paper Diamond

Electronic musician Alex Botwin — better known as Paper Diamond — performed at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro on Sunday night as part of his Rain Drops North American tour. Staff writer Madison Flager spoke with Botwin about his recent performance, his custom sound system and his current tour.