College hosts book fair to benefit Learning Tree

first_img The books are commercial free — they contain no references to movies, television shows, or toy brands — and they are both fun and educational, she said. The fair will continue today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium. The Learning Tree may charge for their services and supplies, but Fogle said this is not to make a profit. Usborne Books will donate 50 percent of all sales from the book fair at the College in the form of free books to the Learning Tree. All of the books sold at the fair are published by Usborne Books, a company founded in England that has been a presence in the United States for the past 20 years. “Last year’s [book fair] was very successful and we received a very nice selection of books,” she said. Fogle said the book fair was planned before Christmas due to the hectic nature that comes with the end of the academic semester. Usborne books are published in 71 languages. Due to their international audience, Usborne books tend to be culturally neutral, Richards said. The Learning Tree is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in 251 Madaleva Hall. Jayne Fogle, director of the Learning Tree, said last year’s book fair “turned out very nicely” for the center. Usborne Books, a supplier of educational materials, and the Learning Tree, a resource education center that benefits Saint Mary’s students and faculty as well as teachers and parents in the Michiana community, co-sponsored a book fair, which began Tuesday at the College. The selection of books covers a wide range of topics including history, science and fictional stories as well as activity and learning books. “We charge for everything because we do not have a budget,” she said. “However, the prices are reasonable as they are only used to replenish the materials.” “The Learning Tree has all the resources and more that I need for my field placement,” Bartzen said. “Jayne Fogle has all the teacher manuals, workbooks, and activities for us to refer to when creating units and plans. Also with the Ellison cutters and hundreds of cut outs the variety for projects and displays is endless.” She said she hopes students will be able to purchase books as Christmas gifts and that education majors at the College will be able to buy materials for some of their classes. While the Learning Tree is mainly focused on education majors at Saint Mary’s, other College students and teachers from the South Bend School district come to the center for learning materials, Fogle said. There are books for a variety of ages and the selection is quite diverse, Usborne consultant Karen Richards said. “I really like that we are able to have something like this on campus,” Bartzen said. “It is hard to know what to buy considering I do not know the grade level I will be teaching next year, but I know that it will be a great resource for when I do.” Richards, a former teacher, is an advocate for Usborne published books because of their educational value and good quality. Though she has not yet purchased anything from the book fair, Elementary Education major Natalie Bartzen hopes she will be able to benefit from the fair’s selection in the future. Bartzen said she believes the center is a valuable resource. The Learning Tree sells a myriad of learning materials including educational games that focus on science, math, and language arts and other educational supplies. Most of the materials are geared towards students ranging from preschool to sixth grade. Education students at Saint Mary’s are able to check out the books at the Learning Tree to help with their class projects and to be used when they are student teaching. Students who tutor at local schools in the community are also available to check out books.last_img read more

DPAC’s basement floods, delays football awards ceremony

first_imgRepairs of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) are set to continue this week in response to a flood that damaged the lower level of the building on Dec. 12.The flood was caused by a break in a six-inch water line that served DPAC’s fire protection system, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said. The exact cause of the water line break is unknown, he said.“There are currently several theories as to why [the break] occurred, but we may never know the exact cause,” Brown said. “We have taken several measures to reinforce this connection and are evaluating similar connections in other buildings.”Brown said mechanical and electrical equipment in the DPAC mechanical room, as well as lower level floors and walls were damaged. The flood also resulted in a 45-minute delay of a football awards ceremony being held in the building, DPAC facilities manager Alex Scheidler said.Scheidler said there were initially six inches of water in most rooms on the lower level of the building and three feet of water in the mechanical room where the break occurred. A quick response by the University prevented further damage, he said.“It was amazing because by that night, the first response team stayed all night,” he said. “So they arrived at about 10 p.m. give or take, and they were here until 6 in the morning – and then another crew came and replaced them and they worked through the day Saturday.”Film, Television and Theater (FTT) department chair Jim Collins said because of this quick response, the flooding did not impact students’ final exams. The impact of the damage will continue to be minimal for both students and faculty, he said.“Since the flooding occurred on the Friday night before exam week, the response crews were able to make significant head-way over the weekend,” Collins said. “The impact on FTT courses was limited to moving final exams to other locations in the DPAC on the Monday of exam week. The classrooms on the lower level were at least operational for test-taking the rest of the week. We’ve been given the “all-clear” to go back to using the classrooms as we did before but we’ll know more after the first week of the semester.”However, there is still more to be done in the coming weeks, Brown said.“There are still repairs going on as the baseboard material had to be ordered, some of the floor tiles became loose and needed to be replaced and the carpet in several offices is being replaced,” he said.Scheidler said what’s been accomplished so far is already impressive.“The response on the University’s part … the fire chief said he’s worked at other places and he said in the real world, this wouldn’t be happening, Scheidler said. “… Normally, in another building somewhere in town if this had happened, you’d just have caution tape and no one would be going in the space except the people working to clean it up. So it was remarkable to have all the resources and a quick response.”But the flood still provides an opportunity for improvement, Scheidler said.“I think there’s a great opportunity to improve things, as far as evacuation and things like that,” he said. “There are things we are able to improve — they went well, but it’s an opportunity to see what could be better. That’s the good that comes out of it.”Tags: DPAC, DPAC Flood, Facilities, FTTlast_img read more

Notre Dame alum raises awareness about sexual violence with humor

first_imgEric Richelsen | The Observer Monday evening, the Gender Studies Program and the Department of Film, Television & Theater co-sponsored Notre Dame alumnus Christian Murphy’s presentation on how his company uses comedy to combat relationship violence.Murphy is the co-founder and executive director of Catharsis Productions, an organization that uses humor and theater to open conversation and awareness about sexual violence. Murphy said he and co-founder Dr. Gail Stern started Catharsis Production in the hope that they could use their passion for theater to make a difference.“[Stern and I] both had people very close to us who had been victims of rape, especially while we were in college and we recognized the dearth of sexual assault awareness programs that weren’t dry, pedantic and really uncomfortable to the audience that they were trying to serve,” Murphy said. “So we wrote a play called ‘Sex Signals’ … We did this with the hope of using humor and audience interaction as tools to open up a dialogue with audiences that may have felt they didn’t want have this conversation.”Murphy said when the audiences in these productions are asked to raise their hand if they think rape is wrong, there has never been a person who has left his or her hand down. He said this begs the question: why is sexual assault still happening if everyone knows it is wrong? One of the main reasons is lack of awareness, he said. Catharsis Productions, Murphy said, hopes to meet audiences where they’re at to show them that sexual assault is very real.According to Murphy, Catharsis Productions’ main audiences are college campuses and the military. While the organization’s first audience was a college campus, today, every soldier coming into the United States Army is required to see “Sex Signals,” Murphy said.Beyond awareness, Murphy said Catharsis Productions looks to educate its audiences on bystander intervention strategies and their social responsibilities to potential victims.“We challenge [the audience] to call out aggressive behavior or sexist or demeaning comments,” Murphy said. “We expect them to intervene when they see others taking advantage of a friend that may appear drunk. We urge them to hold their own friends accountable when their friends look to take advantage of other people in vulnerable situations. And we do all this by providing various examples of how they can intervene in safe, non-confrontational ways.”Murphy said Catharsis Productions hopes to one day change the world.“The Catharsis Productions mission statement is to change the world by producing innovative, accessible and research-supported programing that shifts oppressive attitudes and transforms behavior,” Murphy said.Tags: Catharsis Productions, Notre Dame, Sex Signals, sexual assault awarenesslast_img read more

Robinson-Blais campaign suspended until Tuesday

first_imgJudicial Council issued a press release early Friday morning announcing the “complete suspension” of junior Corey Robinson’s campaign until 12 a.m. Tuesday.Robinson, a receiver on the University football team, and sophomore Rebecca Blais are candidates for student body president and vice president, respectively.The suspension comes as a result of supposed violations of section 17.1(d) of the student union constitution. The section details the specific times and places candidates may campaign for the student body election.“Section 17.1(d) was violated due to an interview which was conducted with a media outlet before campaigning could constitutionally begin; this interview was determined to constitute campaigning,” Judicial Council said in the press release.The campaign period officially began Jan. 26 when Judicial Council announced the three tickets that had received sufficient petition signatures to secure a spot on the ballot in next Wednesday’s election.Juniors Louis Bertolotti and Elizabeth Fenton as well as juniors Dominic Alberigi and Jennifer Cha will also appear on the ballot.Judicial Council declined to answer which interview led to the allegations filed last week, however a number of local and national media outlets including The Observer, ESPN and Bleacher Report reported Robinson’s candidacy the day it was announced.Both the Bertolotti-Fenton and Alberigi-Cha tickets released statements Sunday night in response to the sanctions.“It is always a shame to see an allegation filed, especially this early into the campaign,” the Bertolotti-Fenton ticket said in the statement. “Our ticket has the utmost respect for the constitution of the student union, and we hope that it will be respected for the remainder of the campaign by every candidate and by whatever administration eventually takes office.”The Alberigi-Cha ticket said they hope to avoid further distractions throughout the remainder of the campaign period.“It saddens us to see the fair election process broken down by violations, because they distract from the candidates’ platforms,” the Alberigi-Cha ticket said. “All of us have intriguing ideas to offer, which should be presented to the students in an honest manner. We truly believe that ideas, passion and capability should ultimately determine who wins this election, and we trust our peers to vote in the best interest of the Irish family.“We sincerely hope that the remainder of the campaign period will be conducted with greater fairness and respect.”The student body debate will take place next Monday Feb. 8 in the basement of LaFortune Student Center, and the election will occur Wednesday Feb. 10.The Robinson-Blais campaign did not respond to The Observer’s request for a comment.Tags: Corey Robinson, Notre Dame, Student governmentlast_img read more

Faculty reflect on inclusion initiatives at Notre Dame

first_img“We have not only top-down focus, but we have bottom-up momentum. When you have one or the other, it’s hard to get that change. But when you have both, you at least have the promise of change,” Hugh Page, vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs, as well as the dean of the first year of studies program, said in a town hall on diversity and inclusion Monday evening.The event was sponsored by the Diversity Council and featured a panel of administrators including Page, Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president for student affairs, Maureen Dawson, assistant dean in the first year of studies program, and Maura Ryan, associate provost and vice president for faculty affairs. The panel was moderated by John Duffy, the Francis O’Malley Director of the University Writing Program and associate professor of English. Chris Collins Administrators, left to right, Maura Ryan, Maureen Dawson and Hugh Page gathered Monday evening to discuss issues of diversity and inclusion in a town hall sponsored by Diversity Council.In his opening remarks, student body president Bryan Ricketts said the University has a “checkered history” on inclusion and diversity efforts.“Our University chose not to admit women until 1972. Its first black student came in by accident through a Navy training program that assumed he was white. Even within the past five years, gaining full recognition for our LGBTQ students took, in part, a sustained student movement, and many of the initiatives you will hear about tonight owe some of their urgency to the Call to Action, a collective action that began after the Black Student Association and African Student Association found fried chicken parts in their mailboxes,” he said.Exploring pathways forward on issues of diversity and inclusion will require sustained dialogue, Ricketts said.“The initiatives that will be presented tonight have been praised by some faculty and students for being a clearly demonstrated commitment to progress and criticized by others for being too little and too late,” he said. “Finding a path forward that respects both of these viewpoints is a challenge accepted by our presenters, and I would like to thank them for their demonstrated commitment to these issues.“But I am hopeful that at a University whose mission statement ‘requires, and is enriched by, the presence and voices of diverse scholars and students’ and perhaps more importantly ‘prides itself on being an environment of teaching and learning that fosters the development in its students,’ together, we will be able to fully realize its call to be a home of learning and growth for all members of the human family.”Diversity recommendationsHoffmann Harding said the division of student affairs adopted a set of 21 diversity recommendations in the spring of 2014, as a result of 160 interviews conducted with students, faculty and staff, and prompted by data from surveys on student satisfaction with campus life.Notre Dame students experience a level of overall satisfaction that is significantly higher than the average of peer institutions, however, in regards to diversity, students experience a level of satisfaction that is much lower than the average of these peer institutions, Hoffmann Harding said.“In every single group, including I might add, majority students, white students, our satisfaction with the level of diversity on our campus is much lower than our peers,” she said. “I’d like to look, in part, on that result as a shared vision … we all know we can benefit from a more diverse environment here at Notre Dame.”The 21 diversity recommendations are re-evaluated every six months and grouped into four categories, Hoffmann Harding said.“I make no representation, however, that they are perfect, nor the complete and total and final answer as to how we will ultimately will meet that climate result — which is what I would ultimately love to see,” she said. “It’s a list that should and must continue to evolve and change.”The goal of the recommendations in the first group is to improve the presence and readiness of division of student affairs staff to serve a diverse student body, she said.The goal of the second group of recommendations is to augment services offered by Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS), and the goal of the third group of recommendations is support for students with high socioeconomic need.“Remember, we walked into this endeavor and this study by looking at results that were cut by race and ethnicity,” she said. “ … What we heard from many students is ‘hey, you’re missing something in terms of welcome and inclusion on campus,’ and that’s that students, regardless of their ethnicity, might not feel welcome on this campus or feel that they’re able to succeed as quickly as possible because they come from a very distinct and different set of economic circumstances.”The goal of the fourth group of recommendations is a visible commitment to diversity, which includes posting the “Spirit of Inclusion” statement in residence halls and student affairs offices, as well as honoring a graduating senior who promoted a spirit of diversity and inclusion during his or her time on campus with the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award.Moreau First-Year ExperiencePage said the Moreau First-Year Experience was created in a four-year process, that included “brainstorming, conversation, reflection and strategic planning.” The creation of the Moreau First-Year Experience was centered around Basil Moreau’s vision of education, as an enterprise that is “helping young people to completeness.”“The goal of the entire process was to address one simple question: What can we do to welcome and orient, over an extended period of time, Notre Dame’s newest students?” he said. “And to do so in a way that is consistent with the educational charism of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and that invites everyone to be part of a larger project that involves the building of a diverse and welcoming community, in which students are broadly attentive to issues of wellness, intellectual climate, discernment and the like.”Dawson said the Moreau First Year Experience is structured so the topic of diversity is addressed multiple times throughout the academic year.“We wanted to build into Moreau a sense of weekly conversation and iterative learning, that topics that are important come back in different ways across the year,” she said.The tenor of the course is one of “welcome and inclusion,” Dawson said, continuing themes emphasized in Welcome Weekend.“Welcome Weekend, that first contact at Notre Dame, was really about understanding this place, getting to know people and hopefully getting a sense of how to make a mark, how to make a Notre Dame experience both an individual statement and one of unity,” she said.A primary goal of the Moreau First-Year Experience, going forward, Page said, will be greater training of instructors to facilitate “difficult” conversations on topics like diversity and inclusion.“What we really put in place is kind of a revolutionary teaching concept: the idea that the person who serves as the instructor in the classroom, will not necessarily be the expert … but in many respects be a fellow traveler with you,” he said.Office of the provostRyan said initiatives in the office of the provost to increase diversity and inclusion among faculty have been informed by a 2013 climate survey. The office has hired a director for academic diversity and inclusion, who will begin in April.“All of us in the provost’s office consider diversity and inclusion to be our most significant initiative this year,” she said. “We engaged since last summer in broad diversity and inclusion training for our academic leaders, and we will continue that endeavor.”Provosts, deans, institute directors and department chairs have participated in training programs so far, Ryan said. “Our hope is to expand that training to wider circles of faculty and, in particular, faculty that are involved in search committees, committees on appointments and promotions, faculty who are serving on provost’s advisory council,” she said. “I think what was particularly helpful was what are the particular challenges here at Notre Dame in identifying issues of inclusion and exclusion, in issues of diversity.” Tags: Diversity, inclusion, Moreau First Year Experience, town hall meetinglast_img read more

New York Governor Orders Essential Workers To Wear Face Masks

first_imgNew York State Image. App users, tap here to video watch.ALBANY – At Sunday’s press conference, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an executive order directing employers to provide a face covering or mask to essential workers who are directly interacting with the public.Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor, said it’s up to the employers to provide the masks.“You’re an essential worker, you should be protected. You shouldn’t have to go out and put yourself in unnecessary danger, and continue the spread of the virus,” DeRosa said. Governor Cuomo announced the devastating news of 758 lives being lost from COVID-19 on Saturday. This marks the sixth straight day of more than 700 deaths from the virus. The death toll across New York state is now at 9,385, according to Cuomo.On the bright side, the number of people being hospitalized continues to decline, and the amount of people being discharged from the hospital is on the rise.According to Cuomo, the curve is really beginning to flatten in terms of the number of hospitalizations across New York State. The governor reminded everyone that New York’s curve is likely in a plateau right now.According to Johns Hopkins University, as of Sunday there are 181,825 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across New York State.The question of when to reopen businesses and schools resurfaced at Sunday’s press conference. Governor Cuomo re-iterated that the decision has to be made based on the facts, and Cuomo says there is not enough data to make the decision right now.Although the governor did not offer a timetable, he did however have three keys to reopening:• The opening of schools and businesses must be coordinated• Rapid COVID-19 testing must be available• Need federal helpGovernor Cuomo said, “we want to reopen as soon as possible.”The governor said the state is at a $10 billion to $15 billion deficit from the virus, and the CARES Act ignored state governments. Governor Cuomo said New York will need federal assistance to reopen.At the press conference, Governor Cuomo called on the federal government to provide a total of $500 billion in aid to all states.At Saturday’s press conference, Governor Cuomo said he wanted the reopening of schools and businesses to be coordinated with surrounding areas, and on Sunday he said he was meeting with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut to discuss their next steps forward. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dule Hill Is Obsessed with Blacklist, Barrino & Booze

first_img CELEBRITY: Tim Omundson “The man likes his scotch. It’s always good to have a drinking partner.” After Midnight MOVIE: Coming to America “Too many reasons to name but Ruben Santiago Hudson trying to sell some bootleg Rolex watches? How can you not be obsessed with this movie?!” Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 RANDOM OBSESSION: Bourbon, Scotch & Whiskey “I’m on a mission to taste them all. Who’s with me?!” Dulé Hill APP: Nomino “It’s a fun social game launching soon and I’m one of the founders! Check it out:” BOOK: Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho “It’s an easy read filled with so many simple truths.” Related Shows Theater stars know what’s hot in entertainment, fashion and pop culture, so decided it was high time to tap in to the after-hours obsessions of our favorite stage actors. Dulé Hill is currently starring in Warren Carlyle’s After Midnight as The Host of the show, which presents the sound and glamour of the Harlem Renaissance and celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at the legendary Cotton Club. When this Emmy nominee isn’t tapping into his dancing roots at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre eight shows a week, he’s obsessing over NBC’s newest hit drama, Broadway’s celebration of Janis Joplin and the island of Jamaica. Read on to find out what else this eclectic star can’t get enough of! SONG OR SINGER: Fantasia “‘Stormy Weather.’ She blows me away with this song every night.” FASHION DESIGNER: Paul Smith “The suits man, the suits!” BEAUTY PRODUCT: Eminence Organics “It just feels right on my face, ya dig? …Wait, what?!” View Comments VACATION SPOT: Jamaica “Other islands are nice but I’ll always love my roots.” Star Files TV SHOW: Blacklist “James Spader is a badass.” STAGE SHOW (OTHER THAN MY OWN): A Night With Janis Joplin “These ladies can SANG!” ATHLETE: Joe Montana “He’s one of the few people I would be really excited to meet. If I could catch or intercept a pass from him? Whaaaaat! C’mon, son! #NinerNation.”last_img read more

Bring It Home! Les Miserables Revival Opens on Broadway

first_img Will Swenson Les Miserables To celebrate the New York return of the worldwide hit, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson illustrated our favorite group of escaped convicts, parole officers, revolutionaires, hookers and more. Tear down the barricades! The new Broadway revival of Les Miserables opens on March 23 at the Imperial Theatre. This reimagined Les Miz is led by Broadway newcomer Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean, the convict who rebuilds his life, and Tony Award nominee Will Swenson as his adversary, police inspector Javert. Nikki M. James Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Ramin Karimloo About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. wishes the cast and creative team of Les Miserables a thrilling opening as they continue to dream the dream night after night. The musical, which features such iconic songs as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “One Day More,” and “On My Own,” also stars Caissie Levy as Fantine, Tony Award winner Nikki M. James as Eponine, Andy Mientus as Marius, Samantha Hill as Cosette, Kyle Scatliffe as Enjolras and Cliff Saunders and Keala Settle as the Thenardiers. Star Files Caissie Levy View Comments Related Shows View All (4)last_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Kristin Chenoweth, Honeymoon in Vegas & More

first_img Star Files Take Kristin Chenoweth Home (Kind Of)In stores and online November 18Kristin Chenoweth’s forthcoming TV special Coming Home is sure to be awesome, so why not take home the music from the concert, too? With the live CD, you can sing along everywhere: During your morning train ride, throughout the budget meeting and on the gym’s treadmill. Just be sure to avoid the resentful glare of co-workers. Actually, maybe you should just sing in your bedroom—or in an empty meadow somewhere. Do Vegas Broadway-StyleBegins November 18 at the Nederlander TheatreGoing to Las Vegas involves a pricey, interminable plane ride to a land inhabited by dead-eyed casino lizards and the constant threat of heat stroke. Why bother? Instead, head to the bubbly musical comedy Honeymoon in Vegas, which begins previews today. This charming, tuneful take on the 1992 movie features a love triangle involving a Vegas gambler (Tony Danza), a commitment-phobic gent (Rob McClure), and the gal (Brynn O’Malley) they both adore. Click for tickets! Kristin Chenoweth Hey you, wrapped up like a wool burrito to fend off the cold—step away from the space heater. Crappy weather shouldn’t stop you from enjoying what Broadway has to offer, including a new Madame in Cinderella, the debut of a brand new musical, and two charitable concerts. Bundle up for this week’s picks! Have a Celia-bration with Megan HiltyNovember 23 at Joe’s PubThis year’s Sonnet Repertory Theatre’s benefit honors Tony-nominated stage and screen star Celia Weston. Details about this cabaret: It features appearances by Megan Hilty, Carol Kane and Alfred Uhry as well as video tributes from Linda Lavin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and others. Marc Shaiman is a contributing composer. There probably won’t be any impassioned didgeridoo solos, so it’s bound to be a great time. Click for tickets! View Comments Party All Night with Broadway RockersNovember 17 at le Poisson RougeLoads of Broadway talent—including Constantine Maroulis, Jarrod Spector and Courtney Reed—take the stage to belt five decades of youth-swooning hits in Rockers on Broadway: Teen Idols. Expect a few differences between this starry concert and your own music-crazed youth, including little-to-no screeching into hairbrushes and your parents futilely demanding quiet. The concert benefits the PATH Fund, which helps those in the arts and entertainment communities. Click for tickets! Bow Down to Cinderella’s New StepmomNovember 25 at the Broadway TheatreThe Real Housewives of Atlanta favorite NeNe Leakes has this reality TV thing down pat, so making her Broadway debut is the logical next choice. The screen star succeeds Sherri Shepherd as wicked stepmother Madame in Cinderella, which will conclude performances January 3, 2015. Add current stars Keke Palmer, Joe Carroll and Judy Kaye into the mix and you’ve got one enchanting evening on Broadway. Click for tickets!last_img read more

Your Guide to’s Complete Coverage of the Tony Awards

first_imgCan’t get enough of the Tony Awards? Neither can we! Relive the big night with this roundup of’s complete coverage. From who wore what to exactly what dance moves Kelli O’Hara busted out, we’ve got you covered!Fun Home & Curious Incident Top 2015 Tony AwardsWho took the stage and face a tap-dancing playoff? Check out the complete list of’s Top 10 Instagram Snapshots From the Tonys Red CarpetAs the stars stormed the red carpet, we were on hand to snap some quick shots before the festivities started.Fabulous Fashion! Top 10 Best-Dressed StarsKelli O’Hara gave a nod to the 19th-century Anna. Geneva Carr was a stunning (and patriotic) mermaid in red. Here’s whose looks we couldn’t get enough of.Thumbs Up! Kristin Chenoweth & Alan Cumming Are Wonderfully WackyKristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming pulled out all the stops as this year’s hosting duo. From a salute to Tommy Tune to new takes on their signatures “Willkommen” and “Popular,” we felt the two deserved a big thumbs up.Tony Odds & Ends: Helen Mirren Has Her Eye on the EGOT & MoreWe picked up plenty of tidbits from the winners in the press room. For instance, Dame Helen Mirren is one “G” away from an EGOT, and she knows just the way to get it.Revisiting Kristin Chenoweth & Alan Cumming’s Weirdest & Wildest CostumesShorts! Bald caps! E.T.! Not only did Chenoweth and Cumming do some crazy stuff as hosts, but they also wore a bunch of crazy stuff. Here’s the garb that nearly stole the show.High Notes, Throwbacks & Dressography: The PerformancesWe rank all of the Tony performances from the big night. Who nailed it? Who left us confused? Lessons of the Tony AwardsWe learned so much on Tony Sunday. Did you know that Josh Groban may or may not be able to predict the future?YAAAS! The 2015 Tony Award Winners Let LooseWhen you win a Tony, you’re allowed to go crazy. For example, you can make out with your new trophy. We’re looking at you, Kelli.Tony Ratings: Kristin Chenoweth & Alan Cumming vs. LeBron JamesAt an estimated 6.3 million viewers, the viewership took a considerable dip compared to previous years. What even is basketball?Tony Poll: Kelli O’Hara Danced Her Way Into Viewers’ Hearts During Her SpeechWe asked you which winner delivered the speech of the evening. To no one’s surprise, O’Hara and her sweet moves came out on top. See who else made you teary!Tony Poll: Fun Home’s Sydney Lucas Delivered the Performance of the NightWe also had to know: Which performance could you not stop rewatching? According to you, 11-year-old Sydney Lucas stopped the show, as did two other musicals, regardless of whether they received nominations or not.Watch It: Kelli O’Hara Also Wins Best Quick ChangeBest Leading Actress in a Musical wasn’t enough for O’Hara. Her “dressography” was also award-worthy during her The King and I performance.#TonyHunt! Our Favorite Cry Faces, On-Fleek Hair & MoreThroughout the evening, we tasked you with the ultimate Tony Scavenger Hunt. Here are just some of our favorite finds of the night from readers like you!Gallery! Walk the Red Carpet & Pop the Champagne with the WinnersBrowse through our exclusive photos from the big night. Beware: high volume of glamor…and shiny trophies.Squigs Salutes the WinnersAs a final tribute to the 2015 Tony Awards, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned a dazzling sketch of the eight winning performers and, of course, our two hosts. View Commentslast_img read more