THE BRONX, NY — A Fordham College scholar has died after falling from a clock tower on campus, the varsity mentioned Monday.
Sydney Monfries, a senior at Fordham Faculty at Rose Hill, died after she fell contained in the Keating Clock tower, Fr. Joseph M. McShane, the college’s president, mentioned in an announcement. Monfries was climbing the tower with mates round three a.m. Sunday when she fell 40 toes, based on newsreports.
“Our hearts exit to Sydney’s mother and father, and her household and mates — theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief,” McShane mentioned.
Monfries’s loss of life got here just some weeks earlier than Fordham’s commencement ceremonies. The varsity will give her a posthumous bachelor’s diploma, McShane mentioned. The varsity additionally reportedly scheduled a mass in her honor on Sunday night.
Climbing the Bronx campus’ iconic clock tower to the touch the bell inside is taken into account “a ceremony of passage” for graduating seniors, based on The Observer, Fordham’s scholar newspaper. The varsity’s Public Security division is analyzing how the group bought into the tower, the paper reported.