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Active: An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority.


Alumnus (Alumna, Alumni, Alumnae): An initiated member, or group of individuals, of a Fraternity or Sorority who is no longer in college.


Bid: An invitation to become a member of a fraternity or sorority.


Big Brother/Big Sister: An active member of a fraternity or sorority who serves as a mentor to a new member, guiding them through the new member process and initiation.


Chapter: A local group of the (inter)national organization.


Crossed: Primarily used within our MGC and NPHC communities and can be equivalent to being initiated.


Fraternity: A Greek-lettered fellowship of men fostering the common ideals of brotherhood.


Greek: A member of a fraternity or sorority.


Informational: A recruitment event for culturally-based groups.


Initiation: A traditional, secret ritual which brings an individual into full membership.


Intake: The process by which culturally-based organizations recruit, interview, choose, and educate new members.


Legacy: A potential new member whose grandparent, parent, brother or sister is a member of a fraternity or sorority.


Line: The members of a cultural Greek organization new member class.


Neophyte: Newest members of a culturally-based fraternity or sorority.


New (or Associate) Member: a member of a fraternity or sorority who has not been initiated.


Philanthropy: A cause devoted to raising money or awareness that can have significance to the fraternity or sorority itself.


PNM (Potential New Member): A person who has shown interest but not yet been offered or accepted a bid into a fraternity or sorority.


Prophyte: An older brother or sister who has taken part in the initiation of the organization's new members. Commonly used in culturally-based fraternities and sororities.


Recruitment Counselor/Rho Gamma: An upper-class member of a Panhellenic sorority, chosen and trained to assist PNMs during formal recruitment.


Ritual: Secret and inspirational ceremonies that are used to inspire and educated members about the importance of the organization.


Recruitment: The time when fraternities and sororities sponsor activities seeking PNMs and PNMs seek fraternal membership.


Sorority: A Greek-lettered fellowship of woman fostering the common ideals of sisterhood.


Unaffiliated: A student who is not in a fraternity or sorority.