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Fordham student critically injured in fall from clock tower

Fordham student critically injured in fall from clock tower”

Investigators say the student apparently climbed into the tower with friends. But there is no bell in the tower, the school said.

Christopher Rodgers, dean of students at Rose Hill, told The Ram in 2013 that since "the clock tower is rather unsafe, and therefore secured area of campus, students would likely face disciplinary action if they entered it".

Police said the senior fell while trying to get a better view of the city's skyline.

Students told The Post it was a "rite of passage" among seniors to climb the tower, touch the bell and take photos outside one of the windows.

School officials said Keating Hall and the door to its clock tower are always locked and only accessible by authorized staff members, and this was the first time anyone had fallen from the structure.

University officials said Monfries died after losing her footing and falling some 30 feet onto a landing below. Her family has been notified but her name was not yet released.

"She couldn't breathe. She hit her head. If he wasn't there, I don't know, she might have been worse off", he said.

She is being treated at a nearby hospital, according to the report.

Sydney was studying journalism and interned at InStyle magazine - being set to graduate in May. The university said they will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously, which will present to her parents at the appropriate time.

United States media reported emergency services struggled to rescue gravely injured Ms Monfries from the building after they realised it wasn't possible to carry her via stretcher down the staircase.

During the painstaking process, a paramedic performed chest compressions on the young woman whose heart rate had dropped. Her condition was listed as critical at a hospital in the Bronx not far from the Fordham campus.

Her death was announced to students in an email sent by the school, which described the "unimaginable loss" suffered by Ms Monfries' family, friends and school community.



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