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Glossary of Greek Terms

An explanation of words that have special meaning in the Greek community.

Active: An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority chapter

Alumna/Alumni: Any initiated member of a sorority/ fraternity who graduated or left college in good standing

Bid: A formal invitation to a prospective new member to join a chapter

Chapter: A group of officially chartered and recognized collegians at a given college or university

Colony: A new organization waiting for official recognition from their national leadership to start a chapter on campus

Continuous Open Recruitment (COR): Informal membership recruitment process when bids may be extended and accepted at any time during the school year other than during formal recruitment

Disaffiliation: Temporarily removing yourself from your chapter to assist during recruitment process

Exchange: A social event, usually a themed mixer, between a fraternity and sorority

Formal Recruitment: A formal week of scheduled events held during fall and spring quarters

Greek: A term applied to all fraternities and sororities

Initiation (Crossing): The formal ceremony where new members receive lifelong membership privileges in their chosen chapters

Interfraternity Council (IFC):  The campus governing body for all social fraternities

Legacy: A sibling, child, or grandchild of an initiated member of a sorority or fraternity

Multicultural Greek Council: The campus governing body for all culturally based fraternities and sororities

New Member: An uninitiated potential member of a fraternity or sorority (formerly referred to as "pledge")

Panhellenic Association: The campus governing body for all social sororities

Philanthropy: A charitable project sponsored by a fraternity, sorority, or the Greek community

Potential New Member (PNM): A man or woman seeking membership in a sorority or fraternity (formerly referred to as "rushees")

Recruitment: The new member selection process (formerly referred to as "rush")

Rituals: Ceremonies celebrated and conducted by every chapter of sororities and fraternities

Sigma Rho Chi: A member of a Panhellenic sorority who disaffiliates during formal recruitment to assist new members through the process

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