|From the 1904 yearbook, Echoes|
For many years after placing the cannon in front of the Main Building, men students of the university celebrated athletic victories and other events by firing the cannon. These ceremonies resulted several times in the breaking of windows in the Main building, so the university decreed that firing the cannon should be abolished. It was then filled with cement.
|Katherine Hobson photograph album circa 1906|
The cannon, named Federalista, quickly became the backdrop for campus portraits, hazing activities, and pranks.