Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Fordham student dies after falling from clock tower

Fordham student dies after falling from clock tower

A university student plummeted to her death from a 40ft bell tower while trying to take Instagram photos of the NY skyline. Some students said the incident happened during a senior student tradition.

Christopher Rodgers, dean of students at Rose Hill, told The Ram in 2013 that since "the clock tower is rather unsafe, and therefore secured area of campus, students would likely face disciplinary action if they entered it".

"I heard they were just getting a better view of the city", one senior student said.

Monfries had been climbing the tower with a group of fellow seniors when she tripped on debris on the tower's spiral staircase and plunged more than 12 metres, reportedly smashing the back of her head open.

Sydney Monfries was rushed to hospital in "extremely critical condition" after falling 40ft from a bell tower. "They are always doing some kind of cleaning or renovation", she said.

On Sunday night, the university released a statement saying, "Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, and her family and friends".

The waiter, whose roommate allegedly arrived on the scene shortly after the fall, said she was gravely injured. "If he wasn't there, I don't know, she might have been worse off", he said.

Sydney Paige Monfries, 22, from Portland, Oregon, fell from a bell tower as she attempted to take photos of the NY skyline. Sydney, as she wrote on her social media sites, was studying journalism and interned at InStyle magazine.

The university said they will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously.

Instead, she was strapped into a rescue basket which was lifted out of a window before being lowered to the ground. Emergency responders rushed her to St. Barnabas Hospital to try to save her.

Her death was announced to students in an email sent by the school, which described the "unimaginable loss" suffered by Ms Monfries' family, friends and school community.

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