FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Brenique Wright and Houston Baptist’s Emma Guindon are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. All Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Wright led McNeese (11-13, 3-0 SLC) to a 3-1 record for the week, falling 6-1 to No. 3 Oklahoma on March 3. The Cowgirls were then able to rebound and sweep Incarnate Word over the weekend with 7-2, 7-1 and 1-0 results to kick off the Southland Conference schedule.Guindon picked up a pair of wins from the circle the Huskies (11-7, 2-1 SLC) last week. Her efforts came on a pair of complete-game shutouts striking out 13 in her two games without allowing an earned run.The awards mark the first of the season for the both winners.Softball Hitter of the Week – Brenique Wright, McNeese – OF – Jr. – Moore, Okla.Wright provided McNeese with the only run of the game against No. 33 Oklahoma by blasting her first home run of the season. The junior then carried her offensive output over to the Southland Conference opening series sweep over Incarnate Word. In the trio of games against UIW, Wright batted .500 with three hits, four RBI, one double, one homerun and four walks. She was also a perfect 5-for-5 on stolen bases and captured a .615 on-base percentage.Honorable Mention: Mima Doucet, Southeastern Louisiana; Cayla Jones, Northwestern State; Kali Clement, Nicholls; Autumn Sydlik, Houston Baptist.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Emma Guindon, Houston Baptist – Fr. – Tomball, TexasGuindon helped the Huskies to a 3-1 record by going 2-0 on the week with a pair of shutouts. Over 14 innings, she struck out 13 batters while allowing six hits. The right-handed pitcher from Tomball, Texas, limited her opposition to a .133 batting average.Honorable Mention: Megan Landry, Nicholls; Alley McDonald, Southeastern Louisiana; Rio Sanchez, Central Arkansas.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News May 17, 2019 636 Views Share On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, by a vote of 236-173. The act includes protections for LGBTQ people against discrimination in housing.The act is intended to approximate current state anti-discrimination laws on a national level, providing a blanket of protection against discrimination throughout the country, adding protections against LGBT discrimination into the the federal Civil Rights law.A Move Toward EqualityThe Equality Act is one of several steps that has been made this year to protect LGBTQ homeowners from discrimination. Earlier this month, Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine in promoting the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019. The senators are introducing legislation intended to add gender identity and sexual orientation to the classes that are protected from discrimination by the Fair Housing Act. “All Americans deserve a fair and equal opportunity in the sale, rental, or financing of housing,” said Senator Collins. “Throughout my Senate service, I have worked to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans, and it is time we ensure that all people have full access to housing regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. I urge our colleagues to join us in supporting this important legislation.”“Safe and affordable housing is the basic building block for all Americans seeking to achieve economic, educational, and personal success,” said Senator King. “No one should be denied access to this vital resource because of who they are—but unfortunately, under current law there are no protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This is wrong, plain and simple. We need this legislation to make sure LGBTQ Americans have the same access to housing as anyone else.”Diversity, Inclusion, FairnessThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently ruled that landlords could be held liable for discrimination if they failed to respond to harassment faced by tenants who belong to a protected class.In its ruling, the three-member panel of judges said that not only did the Fair Housing Act create liability when a landlord intentionally discriminated against a tenant based on a protected characteristic, but “it also creates liability against a landlord that has actual notice of tenant‐on‐tenant harassment based on a protected status, yet chooses not to take any reasonable steps within its control to stop that harassment.”During 2018, the American Mortgage Diversity Council hosted a series of LGBT Town Hall events, bringing together participating servicers and LGBT community groups for a day of discussion regarding issues affecting the LGBT community from both a homeownership and workplace inclusion perspective. Those meetings eventually led to the publication of a white paper on the topic, which you can read here. Discrimination Diversity LGBTQ 2019-05-17 Seth Welborn Protecting Homeowners from Discrimination