Iowa college student dies after fall from cliff

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2019

In a Facebook post on Saturday night, Briar Cliff University called Norton "a passionate environmental science major, exemplary student, and dedicated athlete".

"It is with very heavy hearts that we confirm the sudden passing of Briar Cliff University's Andrea Norton", the spokesperson said. Witnesses say she repositioned herself for a photo when she fell.

On the same weekend another tragedy took place at Fordham University, where a student died after falling from a campus bell-and-clock tower during what some students claim to be a "rite of passage".

The environmental science major from Sioux City, Iowa had been on a hiking trip with college friends at the time of the accident, according to her obituary.

More than 60 people responded to the scene, and it took nearly five hours to recover her body.

Sheriff Wheeler said Norton's death was a reminder of how unsafe these popular spots like Hawksbill Crag can be.

According to Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler, the crag where Norton died is considered one of Arkansas' most photographed hiking areas, and several people have died there in recent years. The school is working out arrangements with Norton's family for a memorial service in the near future, a BCU spokeswoman said Sunday afternoon. He said people die from falling at the spot every couple of years.

She was on her school's volleyball team, which shared its condolences on social media.

Andrea interned as a naturalist at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Sioux City, researched breast cancer at Sanford Health and planned to study aquatic ecology at Central Michigan University this summer, Tamera said.

"Her smile could light up a room and she brought joy to all around her". Andrea also "embodied BCU's values in everything she did including her compassion for all, a love for the environment and an openness to everyone she met", BCU said in a press release.

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