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Fight Club Housing Review Continues
Deseret News 23May00 D3
By Jeffrey P. Haney: Deseret News staff writer

PROVO, UTAH -- A spot on a television tabloid show, exposing two women wearing boxing gloves, wildly swinging at each other and surrounded by a cheering crowd, found its way onto a local TV newscast and ultimately into Provo's City Council chamber. The "Fight Club" match was held at Branbury Park, an apartment complex in Provo, Utah that holds "approved housing" status.

BYU spokeswoman Carri P. Jenkins said the school started looking into the rules governing the strict BYU Honor Code. "We are looking into it, " she said. "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."

A BYU "approved" designation means that the owners have pledged to abide by the rules established by BYU. If owners do not receive approval, BYU students cannot live in the complex. Students found in violation of the Honor Code face expulsion or suspension.

There were no investigations into student involvement before this week's airing of the show. The owners of Branbury are cooperating in the school's review of the incident. Its lucrative "approved" status will not likely be yanked, Jenkins reported. BYU has not changed its position on the Fight Club phenomenon that has swept thru Utah Valley.

"We strongly discourage our students from participating as a spectator or a participant," Jenkins said. "Our primary concern is safety." Provo's City Council is considering an ordinance that would require written approval from the mayor if the fights are held on city property. Provo's council will consider adopting the ordinance on June 6.


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