Student, 22, dies after falling 12m from NY clock tower

Elias Hubbard
April 15, 2019

It is reportedly common for students at the university to climb the Keating Hall clock tower, touch the bell and take photos of the NY city skyline from outside one of its windows before they graduate.

The waiter, whose roommate allegedly arrived on the scene shortly after the fall, said she was gravely injured.

She was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in serious condition.

A school spokesman said the tower was off limits to students, "always locked" and that they were looking into whether the lock had been tampered with. "Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, her family and friends - theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief".

A university student plummeted to her death from a 40ft bell tower while trying to take Instagram photos of the NY skyline.

Fordham's president said in an email to the university community that Monfries would be awarded a posthumous bachelor's degree.

The university said authorized school 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". But there is no bell in the tower, the school said.

Fordham Public Safety is still investigating how Monfries and her friends were able to get inside.

Sydney Paige Monfries, 22, from Portland, Oregon, fell from a bell tower as she attempted to take photos of the NY skyline. Some students said the incident happened during a senior student tradition.

The budding journalist, who was due to graduate next month, had completed a string of internships at a news network, InStyle magazine and a public relations company.

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