Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Fordham Student In Serious Condition After Fall From School’s Bell Tower

Fordham Student In Serious Condition After Fall From School’s Bell Tower

"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", School President Joseph McShane wrote in a letter to students.

Ms Monfries was taken to hospital in a serious condition and failed to recover.

The Sun reported another student, only identified by the first name Dave, claimed Ms Monfries and her friends had dined at a restaurant where he worked shortly before the accident.

Students confirmed it has become "a rite of passage" to climb the clock tower, touch the bell and take pictures before they graduate from the university. University staff are investigating how the group gained access to the tower.

Monfries fell inside the tower (shown) through a gap in the landing.

After climbing the narrow staircase inside the tower, Monfries uploaded a video of the view to Snapchat, captioning it: 'Bell Tower, ' according to The New York Times.

However, Anne said the Keating Hall clock tower was regularly left open at night. Some students said the incident happened during a senior student tradition.


Cops say Sydney went to the campus clock tower with her friends at around 3am.

"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.

The Post reported that students who climbed the tower and took photos described it as a "rite of passage" at the school. "I, personally, never heard about that. If it is, it's kind of stupid", junior Linda Yenicag said.

Sydney was studying journalism and interned at InStyle magazine - being set to graduate in May.

The university said they will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously, which will present to her parents at the appropriate time.

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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