University student dies after falling 12m from campus bell tower

University student dies after falling 12m from campus bell tower

A Fordham University journalism student just weeks from graduation died after falling from the iconic campus clock tower, apparently while trying to take a picture.

Police say a group of senior students climbed the tower at 3 a.m. Sunday morning when the 22-year-old woman fell 30 to 40 feet inside the tower.

The 22-year-old had gone to the tower with friends about 3am to get a better view of the city, according to police. This is the first fall inside the clock tower, she said, noting that the university officials have sometimes given tours of the tower to "satisfy students' curiosity about it, and reduce the likelihood that they would attempt to enter the structure without authorization".

The school said it was investigating how the students gained access to the tower. She was rushed to St Barnabas Hospital in "extremely critical condition" where she later died.

"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.

"Fordham will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time". "I think a large part of the reason people want to do this so badly is that the school doesn't allow it", said Patrick Burke, Fordham College at Rose Hill '14.

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"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, a university senior told Observer "the doors aren't always locked".

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

A dean at the school at the time told the Ram that students were subject to discipline if they were found to have entered the tower. But some said they have never heard of being allowed inside the tower.

Freshman Grayson Brown, 19, told the Post his mother sent him a text Sunday that said "stay out of the bell tower!"

The budding journalist, who was due to graduate next month, had completed a string of internships at a news network, InStyle magazine and a public relations company.

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