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  Fight Club Phenomenon Spurs BYU Review of Housing Policies
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.

  Fight Club Housing Review Continues
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.

  Fight Club Guys Cry Uncle, Say Media Spotlight Too Hot
Saying the publicity and media hype had made their lives too difficult, the founders of the Provo Fight Club announced yesterday that they have ended the secret, late-night boxing matches based on the Brad Pitt movie "Fight Club." They also acknowledged that an earlier announcement that they had stopped was a ruse to deflect attention from them.

  Special Collections named in honor of Elder L. Tom Perry
The Special Collections Department in Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library will be named in honor of Elder L. Tom Perry of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during ceremonies on Friday (May 26).

  New dean for BYU General Education and Honors
Alan L. Wilkins, academic vice president of Brigham Young University, has announced the appointment of a new dean of General Education and Honors.

  BYU Family Studies Center has new director
The Family Studies Center at Brigham Young University has appointed a new director to manage research and outreach activities. D. Russell Crane, a BYU professor of marriage and family therapy, has been selected for this position and will also serve as associate director of research for the School of Family Life.

  Fire in LDS Chapel Cuts Short Sunday Meetings
A fire in an LDS chapel in Long Beach, California forced the Virginia Ward to cut short its meetings Sunday. The 150 Church members in the building were all safely evacuated and the Long Beach Fire Department responded to the blaze, which caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.

  LDS Ward's Humanitarian Service
In observance of Humanitarian Services Day on Thursday, about 300 workers put together the bandages, along with children's items ranging from clothes to toys. The materials were donated by local companies and residents.

  BYU Credited With Completing Shift In Utah To More Women Graduates
According to the Utah System of Higher Education 1998-1999 reports, there are now more female graduates than male graduates with bachelor degrees. Utah is the last state in the union to make this shift.

  State park planned near Mount of Olives
A 44 acre national park will be built on the slopes of the Mount of Olives, The Jerusalem Post has learned. The national park will be located between the Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus, the Brigham Young University's - Jerusalem Center, and the Old City. The approval for the site is seen as a significant advance to right wing efforts to cut off the capital's Old City from the rest of Arab east Jerusalem.

  Historic Home of Former LDS Apostle Is Crumbling
The historic 109-year-old house of former LDS Apostle John W. Taylor is crumbling, and will require $300,000 to $400,000 to fix. The 9,000-square-foot house on the corner of 700 East and 2700 South is now used as a boardinghouse for veterans, parolees, probationers and the disabled. And its current owners are trying to save and restore it.

  BYU "Lighting the Way" capital campaign concludes
The final decade of the 20th century has had a significant financial impact on Brigham Young University. This was the decade in which BYU launched its "Lighting the Way for the 21st Century" capital campaign, the most ambitious campaign in the school's 125-year history, generating more than $411.7 million.

  Deseret News endows 4 universities
William James Mortimer, the publisher of Deseret News, recently announced the establishment of endowed scholarships for print journalism at four Utah universities. The announcement came at the banquet celebrating the 150th anniversary of the newspaper.

  BYU Religious Education sponsors Salt Lake City seminar
"Christ, Savior, Son of God" is the theme for a scripture seminar in Salt Lake City sponsored by Brigham Young University Religious Education and the LDS Church Education System.

  BYU astronomy professor to receive national honor
A professor of astronomy at Brigham Young University will receive the George Van Biesbroeck Award for his lifetime contribution to the field of astronomy.

  Marie Tuttle featured at May 30 BYU devotional
The associate dean of the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University will speak at a devotional Tuesday (May 30) at 11 a.m. in the Joseph Smith Auditorium.

  LDS Humanitarian Services Facilitates Band Instrument Donation To Bolivia
A Salt Lake City business had excess inventory of band instruments, and LDS Humanitarian Services found a use for them -- in Bolivia. The Piano Gallery, a Utah music dealership bought out a competitor who had band instruments that the store couldn't use. So the firm started looking for places to give the $350,000 worth of instruments away.

  Marriott School students make kits for the poor
Marriott School staff members and two local Boy Scouts worked together to assemble educational kits which will be sent to Church Humanitarian Services for distribution. Scouts Quinten and Preston Christensen constructed the chalkboards as part of their Eagle Scout requirements. The boys each spent over 40 hours on the project, from fund-raising to securing materials to teaching others how to cut, sand, drill, and paint.

  Ricks College's AS400 Featured in Publication
Behind the scenes of daily business on the Ricks College campus is an AS/400-based centralized data services. The IBM monthly publication for users of AS/400 took a look at the college's system in the May issue. By integrating all of its AS/400 applications, the college has made resources to ease the life of students, faculty, and staff. Processes for admission, registration, financial aid are linked together. The AS/400 contains the college catalog. Accounting process of accounts receivable and payroll track individual students personal records. Grade reports, medical records, and on-campus housing data are stored in the same system.

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