Rose Hill Student Dies After Fall from Keating Hall Tower

Fordham University student falls climbing campus bell tower to take photos

She was with other seniors when she fell through an opening on the first landing of the tower, the paper reported.

Fordham's student paper, the Fordham Ram, detailed the risks and dangers of climbing the tower in a 2013 article.

Sydney Monfries, 22, a senior at New York City's Fordham University, died Sunday as a result of the injuries she sustained when she fell inside the campus' famed Keating Hall tower.

"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.

However, Anne said the Keating Hall clock tower was regularly left open at night. The 22-year-old and her friends reportedly climbed the tower's stairs in the Bronx, roughly 3 a.m. Sunday morning, and was later rushed to the hospital after getting critically injured.

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

The clock tower is supposed to be off-limits for students, but the Times reports that other students heard rumors about people finding a way inside.

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.

A Portland, Oregon, native, Monfries was studying journalism at Fordham and was expected to graduate in May. "Over the years, a very small number of students have been found in the area, and the circumstances have usually been simple curiosity", the dean, Christopher Rodgers said.

"I'm not sure if it's a tradition", junior Linda Yenicag said, according to CBS.

'It's like a senior thing to go on the most popular building on campus. Morales admitted that it was common behavior for students to go "late at night at around one or two drink and see the view". But there is no bell in the tower, the school said.

Shortly before she died, Sydney uploaded a video to Snapchat from inside the bell tower.



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