We’ve got everything you need to know about fraternity and sorority life 101.
If you’re new to the world of fraternities and sororities, there may be terms and vocabulary that you don’t know. This handy reference should help you navigate Greek Life.
Active: A initiated fraternity or sorority member who is affiliated with a campus chapter.
Alumna: A female sorority or fraternity member who has graduated.
Alumnus: A male fraternity member who has graduated.
Badge: Awarded to new members during the initiation ceremony and worn in a designated location.
Bid: A formal invitation for membership.
Big Brother, Big Sister: An initiated fraternity or sorority member who
serves as a sponsor, advisor special friend to a new member. They guide the new member through the new member program or initiation.
Call: A vocal sound (sometimes high-pitched) used by members to acknowledge one another.
Chapter: A specific collegiate group of a fraternity or sorority.
Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC): The governing body of all Wingate University sororities. This organization provides leadership and programming for the chapters.
Crossed: The date of initiation into a cultural-based fraternal organization.
Dues: Semester membership costs for a fraternity or sorority; may be broken into monthly payments.
Greek Week: An annual spring celebration in which chapters participate in athletic events, community service, brotherhood and sisterhood activities and an awards ceremony.
Initiation: A traditional, secret ceremony that brings a new member into full membership.
Intake: The educational process that new members undergo to become a member.
Interfraternity Council (IFC): This is the governing body of the three fraternities at Wingate University. The IFC provides leadership and programming for the chapters.
Legacy: A potential member whose grandparent, parent, brother or sister is a member of a fraternity or sorority.
Line: The members of a fraternity or sorority’s new member class.
New Member: An individual who has accepted a bid from a fraternity or sorority.
Philanthropy: Each chapter engages in community service and/or fundraising for a cause.
Pi Chi: A representative from a sorority who aids potential members during the formal recruitment process. A Pi Chi is disassociated from her sorority during the recruitment process and offers unbiased guidance.
Potential New Member: An individual interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority.
Quota: The number of women to whom each sorority may extend bids.
Recruitment: The process by which chapters select new members.
Stepping: An elaborate choreographed performance, which includes dance, marching and traditional culture of fraternity or sorority.
Stroll: A line dance done by members, usually at a party or step show.
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