Fordham student injured in fall from bell tower

Posted April 16, 2019

A tragedy took place at Fordham University this past weekend, when a 22-year-old student plunged to her death after climbing the University clock tower.

The New York Police Department said Sydney went to the campus clock tower with her friends at around 3am on Sunday to get a view of the skyline.

Sydney Paige Monfries, 22, was participating in an early morning climb to the top of the Keating Clock tower on Fordham's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx when she reportedly fell almost 40 feet through an opening in the 83-year-old Gothic structure's first landing, The New York Post reported.

Reportedly seniors were planning to climb the tower and touch the bell. "He told me some seniors (wanted to go) to the tower to take some pictures and have a good time before graduating".

The university is investigating how the students gained access to the tower, which an official says is normally locked. She was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital where she died later that day, CBS News reported.

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", Mr McShane wrote in his letter.

"Fordham will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time", McShane said.

NBC reports that the iconic clock is "off limits" to students.

A dean at the school at the time told the Ram that students were subject to discipline if they were found to have entered the tower. "I think a large part of the reason people want to do this so badly is that the school doesn't allow it", said Patrick Burke, Fordham College at Rose Hill '14. The door to the tower is always locked, and only authorized staff can access the tower, the university said.

University officials said Monfries died after losing her footing and falling some 30 feet onto a landing below. "I, personally, never heard about that". Her family has been notified but her name was not yet released.

Our deepest condolences are with Monfries' family and friends during this incredibly hard and tragic time.