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TERMINOLOGY

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.