College Senior Falls to Her Death From Fordham University

A 22-year-old Fordham University was crtically injured as she climbed the school's bell tower early Sunday with other students to snap

Sydney Paige Monfries, 22, from Portland, Oregon, fell from a bell tower as she attempted to take photos of the NY skyline.

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

The 22-year-old had gone to the tower with friends about 3am to get a better view of the city, according to police.

The father was seen sobbing as he left the hospital with one of the priests a short time later.

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", Mr McShane wrote in his letter. "I don't think they went up there with the intent thinking that it would be possible to fall".

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"Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, and her family and friends-theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief", Rev. Joseph M. McShane said in a statement.

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.

Monfries had been climbing the tower with a group of fellow seniors when she tripped on debris on the tower's spiral staircase and plunged more than 12 metres, reportedly smashing the back of her head open.

According to the university, Monfries had climbed the clock tower with some friends.

It was reported that Sydney may have been participating in a "rite of passage".

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Students say it has become a rite of passage to climb the tower and snap pictures before graduating, according to The Observer. That's part of the allure for some students, The Observer reported.

Sydney Monfries was rushed to hospital in "extremely critical condition" after falling 40ft from a bell tower.

"It's like a tradition, apparently, for seniors to sneak into the tower and climb up. If it is, it's kind of stupid", junior Linda Yenicag said.

Howe stated that it is too early to know if the lock was tampered with. She posted a video from the top on Snapchat early Sunday, the newspaper reports.

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