Published: Wed, April 17, 2019

Fordham University Student Dies After Fall from Clock Tower

Fordham University Student Dies After Fall from Clock Tower

One student, identified only as Anne, told the U.S. publication she believed Ms Monfries had climbed the tower with several other students when the tragedy occurred.

The senior student fell through an opening in the stairs and plummeted 40 feet, sustaining trauma to her head and body, according to the New York Times.

The infrastructure of Keating Hall made the rescue mission complex; medics were unable to maneuver the stretcher through the building's narrow stairway and had to use a rescue basket.

Sydney's family along with two priests rushed to be the hospital to be with her after the fall.

Her condition, as of April 14, was listed as critical.

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", Fordham University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, said in an email to the community. Monfries was due to graduate in May.


A 22-year-old Fordham University student was fatally injured early Sunday during a banned "rite of passage" at the Bronx campus.

Fordham Public Safety is still investigating how Monfries and her friends were able to get inside. A school spokesman said that the tower is always locked. The decision by Monfries and friends to fulfill this rite is what ultimately led to Monfries's tragic death only weeks before her anticipated graduation in May 2019, making the ascent up the bell tower a rite of passage only for those who are lucky enough to survive.

"It's scary, it's unsafe and I really feel bad for the person", Emma Azizo, a Fordham student, told WABC.

There have been no reports of anyone falling from the tower, according to CBS New York.

Gina Vergel, a university spokeswoman, told The Post that the door to the clock tower is always locked and that only facilities and public safety staff should be able to access it.

"You have to ride the ram", she said of a statue on campus, adding that students also "have to go into the tunnels underground and you have to go into the bell tower". Organizers held a moment of silence for Monfries this morning.

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