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A Fordham Student Has Died After Falling From a Bell Tower on Campus

  • A 22-year-old Fordham University senior died on Sunday after falling from the school's famous bell tower.
  • She and her friends were trying to take pictures before graduation, which other students said was a rite of passage at the school.

    A Fordham University student named Sydney Monfries passed away yesterday after falling from the campus's famous belltower, according to the New York Post.

    Sydney, a senior, was a few weeks from graduating and was reportedly climbing the tower with friends to take pictures of the New York City skyline, which many seniors considered to be a rite of passage, according to some who spoke with the Post.

    She fell through a hole in the first level landing of the structure, tumbling inside it, hitting her head on the ground. The school claims that the entrance to the bell tower is always locked, but students who spoke to the press said it's easy to get in at night.

    The president of Fordham, Joseph McShane, released a statement to students confirming her passing.“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,” he wrote.

    “There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise — and mere weeks from graduation, Fordham will confer a bachelor’s degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time.”

    Sydney was a journalism student who had interned at various public relations firms and magazines in New York City. She was from Portland, Oregon.

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