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A tiger reclines in its cage at Carolina Tiger Rescue in 2012. In addition to tigers the rescue houses leopards, jaguars, ocelots and other animals.The preserve offers tours to inform the public about threats to these animals.

Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro addresses 'what Tiger King doesn't tell you'

Netflix docuseries “Tiger King” has generated lively social media discourse over the past weeks, and UNC students were quick to contribute. But not everyone in the Orange County community thinks this show is the cat’s meow. Pittsboro-based Carolina Tiger Rescue released a statement in early April criticizing “Tiger King” for inadequately documenting how big cats suffer in the cub-petting industry.  "While we are glad that the issue of captive big cats in the U.S. is currently at the forefront of popular culture, we would like to refocus the conversation toward the problem rather than the story," Carolina Tiger Rescue wrote in the statement. 

Senior Tyla Gomez performs at the bitter/sweet comedy show at Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

'Prove it to me that you're funny:' Local comedians add gender diversity to comedy scene

“The biggest rule in improv is ‘Yes, and …,’” said UNC senior Emma Haseley. “So, if you say something, you just have to roll with it and keep going. It’s really about engaging in the world that you’re in.” Haseley said that historically, the main comedy troupes on campus have been white male-dominated, but the comedy scene at UNC has become more inclusive in recent years.

Mary King is a writer for the Arts & Culture desk. Photo courtesy of Mary King.

Guest column: OK, Zoomer (and other ways to avoid social isolation)

"Phones buzzed everywhere Wednesday afternoon when students received the (very expected) COVID-19 email from the University. All at once, thousands of eyes scanned the page, and mixed feelings flooded the student body. It was this moment that sealed our impending enrollment in, as recent internet discourse has called it, Zoom University."

The members of Tar Heel Raas, an Indian dance organization at UNC-Chapel Hill, rehearse at Rams Head Recreation Center on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.

UNC's vibrant culture of Indian dance comes to life in spring competition season

As competition season reaches its height, UNC's Indian dance teams are practicing more than ever. The Daily Tar Heel watched rehearsals and interviewed representatives from four of the major Indian dance teams — Tar Heel Raas, UNC Chalkaa, Ek Taal and Bhangra. Each team has a unique focus and style, but all share a commitment to their craft, practicing up to 12 hours a week. With each performance and each rehearsal, these students get to experience their culture and express their identity.