Helping Ukraine

By: Carla Tizcareno

With all the commotion going on with Russia and Ukraine, there are lots of questions going around. It’s hard to watch such a major and damaging event unfold from afar, but there are many ways that you, or someone you know, can help.

Donations are an easy and accessible way to help Ukraine during this difficult time. Donating money or resources is an extremely helpful and important thing. The thing is, after or during major events such as this one, many scammers take advantage of it to get money. It’s important to always check the source of the donations, or where they are going. Always do your research before you give and if you can, you should report any suspicious activity with donating sites.

UNICEF is a great example of a trustworthy organization that you can donate to. It was made almost 70 years ago. Their mission is to aid children around the world with health, education, safe and clean water, and even HIV prevention. They now have a specific spot to donate to Ukraine. Here is the link to their Ukraine donation site:

There is also UNHCR, which is an organization that focuses on helping people find refuge during dangerous events, like a war. On their website, there are multiple spots that lead to donating to Ukraine. Here is the link for their website:

The International Committee of the Red Cross is a great spot to donate as well. They are trying to send help and assistance to war victims, or victims of other situations of violence. They are a Switzerland based organization that is also aiding the people in Afghanistan.

There are many other organizations that can help as well. These are just some of the examples of great resources for donating to help the cause. Below are some others that are good too:

The history of ‘Vogue’

By: Julia Swee

‘Vogue’ is a high end fashion magazine based in New York City, New York. ‘Vogue’ is currently one of the most powerful and recognized publication businesses of the fashion industry, but it took a while before it would ever reach the amount of fame it has today.

Arthur Baldwin Turnure was an American businessman in New York in 1892, and had been in the market for a new weekly newspaper. He founded ‘Vogue’ with the intent to create a publication that celebrated the “ceremonial side of life”. The first issue was published on December 17 of the same year, with a cover price of just 10 cents. 

The very first editor of ‘Vogue’ was a woman by the name of Josephine Redding, who served from 1892 until 1900 and is credited for naming the magazine. At this time, women in high positions was very uncommon, and the hiring of Redding was a step forward for the women’s rights movement.

For the first 17 years of its existence, ‘Vogue’ was published every week for the general public. This changed when a largely known American publisher, by the name of Conde Montrose Nast, purchased ‘Vogue’ in 1909. This helped to grow the magazine, changing the targeted audience to both males and females and changing the publishing to every other week. 

In July of 1932, ‘American Vogue’ released its first color photograph on the cover of the magazine. This sparked more interest in the magazine as people were attracted to the pictures. 

As photography and color began to transform the magazine throughout the years, it gained more and more traction. In December of 1962, Diana Vreeland became editor in chief of the magazine.

After Vreeland came Grace Mirabella, who took up the position in 1971 through 1988. Mirabella enhanced the magazine to value many different interests by adding texts with interviews, arts coverage, and serious health pieces.

As Mirabella finished up her time with the magazine, Anna Wintour took her place at the end of 1988. To this day, Wintour is widely appreciated for her work on the magazine, and the fashion industry in general.

‘Vogue’ has been around for many many years, and throughout these years the magazine has influenced everyday lifestyle and fashion within America. 

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Breaking down the top moves in the 2022 MLB free agency

By: Abby Altman

Carlos Correa-Minnesota Twins

3 year/$3.5 mil

Image taken from: @MLB on twitter 

In a deal that nearly nobody was expecting, Carlos Correa signed with the Twins for 3 years, with an opt out option after each of the first 2 years. While this is a massive win for the Twins, most fans were expecting to see Correa with a larger contract, looking at up to 10 years. Correa chose the smaller of his options, however, and the Twins are looking to go for a title, rather than the rebuild many were predicting. 

Trevor Story-Boston Red Sox

6 years/$140 mil

The Red Sox were quiet for a lot of the offseason, waiting until just one top ranked SS was left in free agency to snag Trevor Story. Story had told the league he was only willing to play SS, and would not be moved to 2nd base if he was signed. The Red Sox appeared to have changed his mind, however, with Xander Bogaerts filling in the SS position, moving Story to 2nd. Bogaerts is a more dangerous hitter compared to Story, but Story’s defensive skills have been higher in the past. Overall, this is a complicated signing for the Red Sox, moving players all over the diamond to make room for Story. 

Freddie Freeman-Los Angeles Dodgers

6 years/ $162 mil

The defending World Series champ has been an Atlanta Brave for the last 12 seasons, and his off season was highly anticipated. The Dodgers lost Cory Seager to free agency earlier in the offseason, but made up for it nicely by landing the 2020 NL MVP, and defending WS champion for 6 years. Freeman batted .300 in 2021, and should help the already scary Dodgers attempt for another WS title this year. 

Kris Bryant-Colorado Rockies

7 years/ $182 mil

Although the team seemed interested, it never seemed likely that Colorado would land Bryant, especially not with a contract this monster in size. This signing is a good sign for Rockies fans, showing that they’re looking to add to what is already a decent rotation. Bryant will presumably play left field, alongside Charlie Blackmon. 

Nelson Cruz-Washington Nationals

1 year/ $15 mil

After being traded from Minnesota to the Tampa Bay Rays, it is likely that Cruz will keep signing small contracts for just 1 or 2 years at a time. Cruz is 41 years old, and doesn’t have the mobility he used to have to play outfield, keeping him solely at the DH position. Minnesota utilized the best of Cruz’s DH abilities, with him hitting 76 home runs in a Twins uniform in just 3 years. It is likely that we won’t see Cruz in the league for much longer, so any ability to sign him is a good signing. The Nationals, coming off a 65-97 season, are finding themselves in a difficult situation, so hopefully all goes to plan, with Cruz in the lineup. 

Jorge Soler-Miami Marlins

3 years/$36 mil

In 2021, the Marlins scored the 2nd fewest runs in the MLB, and Soler should quickly become the hottest bat in Miami. Even though Soler is a bit of a wildcard when he steps up to the plate, where you could see a towering home run, or yet another strikeout every other at bat. Regardless, the Marlins haven’t had the all star bat necessary to be contenders. Signing Soler should bring a big enough name to Miami to put them in the mix, but the Marlins still don’t have enough tools all around to make themselves contenders. With a few more big name signings, the Marlins could throw their name into the playoff ring, but for now Soler is just a small piece of the puzzle. 

Anthony Rizzo-New York Yankees

2 years/$32 mil

While it’s not the first base signing that many Yankees fans were hoping for, signing Rizzo is an okay addition for the Yankees lineup. Although he isn’t Freddie Freeman, Rizzo is a solid lefty batter and a good defensive first basemen, which is exactly what the Yankees need, especially after trading Luke Voit. In 2021, Rizzo batted .248, fitting in nicely with the Yankees combined .231 batting average. This isn’t the signing the Yankees needed to become runaway favorites for the AL East, but Rizzo is a big name and big names win games.