A student fell to her death in New York after trying to climb to the top of the Bell Tower at Fordham University. 22 year old Sydney Monfries was among a group of students who, at 3:00 am on Sunday morning decided to climb to the top of the Keating Hall and Bell Tower to take pictures and admire the view. As they were climbing up, Sydney fell through a hole in one of the stairway landings. She fell 30 to 40 feet and landed on the ground inside the tower. EMS found here there with multiple trauma to her head and body and had trouble getting a pulse. They were able to reanimate her and to rush her to the hospital. She was on life support for a few hours and ultimately died from her injuries.
A senior at Fordham College, Sydney was supposed to graduate in May. An intern at InStyle magazine, Sydney was studying journalism and specialized in digital technology and emerging media. She was a native of Portland, Oregon.
Fordham President, Joseph McShane told the parents they would receive a bachelor degree in journalism posthumously at an appropriate time.