Ever wonder what a “Queen’s Tam” is? If you haven’t, you should, as you’ll be faced with fugly sightings of these things day in and day out from the moment you arrive on the Queen’s campus.
A tam, officially known as a Tam o’ Shanter by no one other than wikipedia, is a Scottish style hat. Simply put, it’s a beret like hat. The Queen’s Tam is a navy blue beret, with a giant red pom pom and the queen’s colours knitted in a checkered pattern around the bottom edge.
Frosh are given a “Queen’s Tam” during their first week of school. Most people wear Tams during football games, Homecoming, or other Queen’s celebrations, often accompanied by a pair of Queen’s coveralls (a beer cup does nicely as an accessory as well).
BooHoo the Bear, the Queen’s Mascot, often wears a Tam.