Summarized by Rosemary Pollock
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.