Active: A fully initiated member of a fraternity or sorority, often called a “brother” or “sister.” Applies to collegiate members.
Alumna(ae) or Alumnus(i): An initiated sorority or fraternity member who has graduated from college.
Bid: A formal invitation to join a Greek chapter.
Chapter: 1) The collegiate group of a national fraternity or sorority. 2) Weekly meetings of individual Greek organizations.
Continuous Open Bidding (COB): The period during which any group not having its quota of members may rush and recruit individuals.
Fraternity: The name that applies to all Greek-letter organizations. Each is symbolized by its ritual, a badge/pin, and a strong tie of friendship.
Greek: A student affiliated with a fraternity or sorority.
Initiation: The formal ceremony in which pledges/associates become full members of a Greek organization.
Interfraternity Council (IFC): The governing body of all fraternities.
Legacy: A potential member who has a family member that is an active or alumnus of a fraternity or sorority.
Quota: The maximum number of women a Panhellenic sorority may recruit during formal rush.
New Member: Someone who has accepted a bid to join a fraternity or sorority. To “pledge” is also the process of joining a Greek-letter organization.
Panhellenic Council: A local organization affiliated with a national counterpart and composed of representatives of each local sorority chapter.
Philanthropy: A charity/service project sponsored by chapters.
Sorority: The term applied to women’s Greek organizations; in actuality, sororities are formally termed “women’s fraternities.”
Recruitment: The activity by which Greek organizations seek new members.
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