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The cupola is recognized as an important symbol of WKU. This symbol is not only representative of the University's past (Cherry Hall) but it is also representative of WKU's future (Guthrie Tower). The cupola in use encompasses several symbols useful in education. Simply as a vaulted roof structure on a building, a cupola draws attention to the structure, just as Cherry Hall draws attention as the symbol of the educational opportunity presented by Western Kentucky University.
Cupolas are often used as a means to admit air or light, much as a university offers the oxygen of knowledge and the brightness of opportunity. The cupola as a type of blast furnace is used for the re-melting of metals before casting. Education is simply the re-melting of a base of knowledge and the casting of the knowledge in a greater instrument for a person's future. The cupola, past, present and future, is the perfect symbol for the importance of continuity in support of WKU.