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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Fight Club Phenomenon Spurs BYU Review of Housing Policies
Deseret News 23May00 D3
By Jeffrey P. Haney: Deseret News staff writer
School studying whether brawls violate policies

PROVO, UTAH -- The demise last month of the Provo Fight Club didn't put an end to the practice by any means. Now a video of two coeds fighting in an apartment complex that is approved for BYU students has appeared on local newscasts, prompting BYU to again review its policies, this time reviewing the policies for approved housing.

Under BYU's policies, single BYU students are required to live in BYU approved housing, unless they live at home with their parents. Apartment complexes and other residences must meet BYU's rules to gain the university's approval. Now BYU spokeswoman Carri P. Jenkins says the school is looking at the rules so see if fights, like the one in the video, could lead to BYU revoking approval. "We are looking into it," Jenkins told the Deseret News. "This is not an Honor Code review of students, but we are looking into the policies and events of this nature taking place at BYU-approved housing."

The video shows two women wearing boxing gloves swinging at one another while being cheered on by a crowd. According to BYU, the fight occurred more than a month ago at Branbury Park, a BYU-approved apartment complex.

However, BYU hasn't investigated individual students for violating the Honor Code, which hadn't envisioned the fights. Jenkins says that BYU hadn't investigated students' involvment in the Provo Fight Club because the fights hadn't taken place on BYU property or in student housing. Now this video made the University look at the issue again.

Jenkins says that BYU hasn't changed its position on the fights, "We strongly discourage our students from participating as a spectator or a participant," she said. "Our primary concern is safety."

The fights are part of a nationwide phenomenon that seems to have swept through Utah Valley as much as other places in the wake of a popular movie "Fight Club" starring Brad Pitt. The city of Provo is also looking at the issue and considering banning the fights from the city. Under its proposed ordinance, promoters of fighting events would need written approval from the mayor for the events. The ordinance would also require fighters to wear headgear and mouthpieces and require that a medical doctor be present.

The phenomenon also made the front page of the Arizona Republic today, where a controversial video shows two Phoenix-area High School students fighting, without gloves or other protective gear. The video is particularly controversial as one fighter reportedly slams the other's head into a concrete wall.


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