Each year, the entering Simmons Freshman class would choose their own mascot, who then followed them through their four years at Simmons. The mascot would be featured in class skits, songs, stationary, and apparel, as well as in the college yearbook and newspaper. The chosen mascot would also make appearances at special events throughout the school year. Every freshman student was invited to submit ideas for potential mascots, and the class voted on the submissions. The mascot would then make his or her debut in May, at the freshman class's first formal.
The Simmons class of 1947 mascot was a skunk named Tabu S. Kunk. He was chosen at the Freshman class meeting on February 24, 1944, along with the class colors of orchid and white. Other class mascots from around that time included included Gremlin, the mascot of the class of '46, Blackie Lamb, the mascot of the class of '45, and Little Lulu, the class of 1944's mascot.
Tabu S. Kunk made frequent appearances at class events throughout the class's four years at Simmons and throughout Catherine Herring's scrapbook. He was present at the Sophomore Luncheon, greeting all of the students personally before they received their class rings, and he was living it up at the sophomore shuffle.