Fordham University Student Dies After Fall from Clock Tower

Lester Mason
April 17, 2019

Monfries fell over 12m from the bell tower's staircase. Fordham University has responded to the tragedy by providing counseling to all students who seek it.

"It is with great sadness that I report that Sydney Monfries, a senior at Fordham College at Rose Hill, died today after sustaining a fall inside the Keating Clock tower in the early hours of the morning", Joseph McShane, the university's president, wrote in a letter sent to students, according to the New York Post. "And they were like trying to get good views of the city", student Antonia Greene told CBS New York.

The University will issue a more complete statement as soon as possible.

"I know you join me in keeping Sydney, and her family and loved ones, in your thoughts and prayers", Father McShane also said, reported the New York Times.

"In the past, authorized University officials have sometimes given tours of the tower, in part to satisfy students' curiosity about it, and reduce the likelihood that they would attempt to enter the structure without authorization", the spokesperson said. The 22-year-old and her friends reportedly climbed the tower's stairs in the Bronx, roughly 3 a.m. Sunday morning, and was later rushed to the hospital after getting critically injured. A bright student according to Fordham University staff, Monfries studied journalism and was an intern at InStyle Magazine with a promising future.

While the entrances to the tower are supposed to be locked, thrill-seeking students often find a way inside, the Times reports.

However, another student said they aren't sure. Her bachelor's degree will be presented to her parents. I'll never forget all of our memories back when you lived in NJ and I'll forever cherish them! Students say sneaking into the university's most recognizable building at night has always been a tradition for Fordham seniors.

'Recently people heard the door was open or found a passageway. "You have to go into the tunnels underground and you have to go into the bell tower". They usually go late at night at around 1 or 2 drink and see the view, ' Priscilla Morales told The New York Times.

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