Fordham scholar dies after tower fall

Fordham College is mourning the lack of a scholar who fell to her demise from the campus clock tower simply weeks earlier than her commencement. Simply hours after her demise, the workplace of Fordham College’s president introduced that Sydney Monfries could be honored with a posthumous bachelor’s diploma.

College President Joseph M. McShane, S.J. knowledgeable college students, school and employees about Monfries’ demise in an e-mail Sunday night. “There are not any phrases adequate to explain the lack of somebody so younger and stuffed with promise—and mere weeks from commencement,” McShane wrote within the e-mail. “Fordham will confer a bachelor’s diploma upon Sydney posthumously, which we’ll current to her dad and mom on the applicable time.”

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Sydney Monfries will probably be honored with posthumous bachelor’s diploma from Fordham College after dying on the varsity’s Bronx campus on Sunday.

“I do know you be part of me in preserving Sydney’s household and family members in your ideas and prayers. And likewise know that you’re in mine,” McShane wrote.

A mass for Monfries will probably be held on the College Church Monday at 7 p.m., in response to the e-mail. Funeral preparations will probably be shared with the Fordham group as quickly because the college has them.

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Fordham College’s Keating Clock Tower on April 14, 2019.

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Monfries and mates went to the highest of the long-lasting campus clock tower round three a.m. on Sunday, apparently making an attempt to take an image, CBS New York experiences. College officers mentioned Monfries died after dropping her footing and falling some 30 toes onto a touchdown beneath. 

College officers are investigating how the scholars gained entry to the tower, in response to an e-mail from Fordham Public Security. 

In his first e-mail following the incident, McShane urged college students “to be sort to 1 one other, and to yourselves, within the days that observe.” He additionally listed sources for grieving college students. “Pease do not hesitate to make use of them: regardless of the way you attain out, I promise you somebody will probably be there to pay attention,” he wrote.

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