We Should Adorn a Cannon on the Top of Canon Hall

Maggie Cavanaugh

In this world, there are few things as important as great architecture. Great architecture moves us forward in a practical manner – it stirs and excites us. And Nova Nation, nothing would excite me more than putting a cannon on top of Canon Hall. 

While I recognize that the ‘Canon’ in Canon Hall is intended to represent the Bibular Canon, I offer the counterpoint; Villanova is meant to represent a cool place, and cannons are definitely cool.

The benefits of putting a cannon on top of Canon Hall are many. It would give our Blue Key tour guides yet another talking point, and when our parents and friends from home come to visit, they would be awestruck by our cannon. This cannon could be purely decorative, or it could be functional as well. A functional cannon could be used to defend from the surely coming zombie apocalypse or the coming storm of underclassmen desperate to live in the Commons. Truly, the possibilities are endless. At the very least, the cannon could help distinguish Canon Hall from the other beautiful, but similar, buildings in the Commons, shading in character that students for generations will appreciate. 

Wildcats, picture it. You’re 38. You’re rich.  You have a wonderful spouse and beautiful children. You bring them back to campus and show them Canon Hall. 

“It’s spectacular,” comments your oldest. Your youngest can only nod in agreement, for she is so in awe of the cannon. 

The eternal challenge issued by St. Augustine, to “Become what you are not yet,” calls us to evolve with time and aspire to new heights with each passing day. The next step in our evolution is to put a cannon on top of Canon Hall.