Laney Tipton


	Josh Alexander, a Morrison Community Director and a native of Chapel Hill, recently auditioned for a role in a Broadway show.

Community director dreams of Broadway

Morrison’s community director Josh Alexander does more than advise his residents. A performer from kindergarten on, Alexander recently flew to New York to try his hand on Broadway. He auditioned for a part in the ensemble in “Beauty and the Beast.”

senior drew Miller spends his free time working on moves to entertain hundreds at air guitar competitions in venues from Gerrard hall to washington, d.C., to london. “it’s definitely an addiction in that i keep doing it,” he said. “My friends haven’t staged an intervention yet.”

UNC student takes air guitar talent, alter ego abroad

International air guitarist, bubble tea master, amateur music reviewer — the communications major from Polk County, N.C. has his share of quirky habits. But it’s his fierce devotion to air guitar that has sent him from the floor of Gerrard Hall to the stages of Washington, D.C. and London.

Students stand in line outside  Varsity Theatre on Monday to watch an advanced screening of the action-comedy “MacGruber."

‘MacGruber’ arrives at Varsity Theatre

The feature film “MacGruber,” based on a popular Saturday Night Live sketch, premiered at the Varsity Theatre on Monday. Writer/director Jorma Taccone, writer John Solomon and actors Will Forte and Ryan Phillippe sat down with The Daily Tar Heel’s Laney Tipton Tuesday morning to talk about the film.

UNC cultural groups perform to fight AIDS

Groups representing cultures and performance styles from around the world will bring their talents together in the name of AIDS education tonight.A variety of groups will take over Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m. for the fifth annual Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS.

Senior Danny Nowell was one of nine winners chosen in the Student Stand Up Competition. DTH/Melissa Abbey

Comedians head to workshop with Lewis Black

Laughter rocked the walls of the Student Union Cabaret on Tuesday night as 22 students took three minutes at the mic to try to woo the crowd with their funniest jokes.The contestants were competing for a chance to open at the Carolina Comedy Jam featuring stand-up comedians Lewis Black and The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac, John Oliver and host Rory Albanese.

From left, Emily Weinstein and Dale Morgan work on a mural that will be shown at Earth Day festival. Courtesy of Dave Otto

Local artists find inspiration in area's nature

Dale Morgan has taken her work out of the studio and into the environment, earning a career as an environmental artist.Morgan is one of the many local artists who focus their work on nature by painting, drawing, or taking photos of the indigenous plants and animals of the area.


UNC Bucket List #79: Feed a Squirrel on campus

Sometimes they’re annoying, other times, maybe a little scary. But if you try to feed the squirrels on campus, they’re instantly friendly. The squirrels around campus are considered ““urban squirrels,” according to (Yep, that’s an actual website. It will tell you all you ever wanted to know about squirrels.)

Morrison community director vying for Off-Broadway audition

In October of last year, UNC helped two of their own win an online contest for a destination wedding in Sweden by getting them the most votes. Now, another Tar Heel needs students’ help. Josh Alexander, Community Director for Morrison Community, has been dreaming of Broadway since he was 5 years old. And now he has his chance, but he needs some help to get there. Alexander entered an online video competiton for an off-broadway production of RENT- Alexander’s dream job. For the competition, Alexander had to submit a one-minute video of himself singing “Your Own Way,” a piece performed by the role of Mark in the show, the same role Alexander hopes to audition for. Alexander played the role two years ago in Company Carolina’s production of Rent. Fun Fact: Alexander filmed his video in the 7th floor Morrison study lounge after UNC beat Duke to gain the regular season ACC title. The winner of the competition gets a roundtrip ticket and one night stay in NYC in April for a live audition.

Blue & White: Clef Hangers get some Tar Heel Swag

“I hold it down for my city, you know I be reppin’ Car-o-lina, Car-o-lina…” Carolina’s oldest a capella group, The Clef Hangers, brought some new swag to UNC this week as their song Blue & White caught fire, playing across campus. The beloved Clefs have given us yet another reason with their school-spirited take on Wiz Khalifa’s Black and Yellow. The remix was originally by Troop 41, but it only seems right that a group as iconic as the Clef’s pay homage to the Blue and White. The Clefs changed up the words a little, giving it a little more of a Chapel Hill Feel.

UNC Bucket List #23: Visit Sarah P. Duke Gardens

As much as it pains me to highlight something Duke has done right, visiting Sarah P. Duke Gardens is something every UNC student should do before they graduate. I went a couple of weekends ago, and even though most everything still has the winter/death look, Spring is right around the corner and beautiful and exotic plants will be blooming everywhere around the 55-acre garden.

UNC Bucket List #93: Try every bagel at Alpine

Ahh, Alpine Bagel: Always so good to a hungry UNC student. Open early so you can fuel up for a long day of class, and open late for those late-night study sessions during weeks like this one (Midterms, anyone?) Everyone needs to get at least one bagel from Alpine before graduating, but for those who frequent the best place to eat in the Student Union, you should make it a goal to try every bagel they offer. Sure we all have our favorites. I, for one, always go with the Butch’s Mile High Club.