Glossary of Greek Terms

Active/Initiate: a member who is initiated into lifelong fraternity or sorority membership and is a member in good standing at the collegiate or national level

Alumna/Alumnus: an initiated sorority or fraternity member who has graduated from college

Alumnae/Alumni: two or more sorority or fraternity members who have graduated from college

Bid: a formal invitation to join a fraternity or sorority

Bid Day: last day of membership recruitment, which includes acceptance parties

Brother/Sister: term used by active members when referring to each other

Call/Chant: Audible sounds used by members to acknowledge or gain the attention of other members.

Chapter: the collegiate group of a national fraternity/sorority, designated by a special Greek name

Formal Recruitment: period of structured membership selection

Greek: a student who is a member of a social fraternity or sorority

Interfraternity Council (IFC): governing body for national fraternities

Initiation: the formal ceremony that marks the transition from new member status to full membership

Intake: The process NPHC and MGC chapters perform to recruit, interview, and select new members

Legacy: a Son/Daughter, brother/sister of a Fraternity/sorority member

Line: the new members of an organization who are presented at the same time

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC): the governing body for the culturally diverse fraternities and sororities at Baylor

National Panhellenic ConferenceNPC: the National Panhellenic Conference in which all eight Baylor sororities are members. NPC is the coordinating body of all college Panhellenic Associations in the United States and Canada (NPC History)

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): the governing council for the nine historically Black Greek-lettered sororities and fraternities

Orientation/New Member Education: a time in which the new members learn about the sorority or fraternity, its members, and chapter activities at the local and inter/national levels

Panhellenic Council: central governing body of NPC sororities

Philanthropy: a community service and/or fundraising project sponsored by a chapter

New Member (formerly known as Pledge): a member of a fraternity or sorority not yet initiated

Probate/Presentation: The introduction of New Members of an NPHC or MGC chapter to the Greek Campus communities

Prospective/Potential Member: a non-sorority or non-fraternity undergraduate who attends recruitment activities

Quota: the number of new members a Panhellenic sorority may take in one new member class

Recommendation: a written statement in support of a woman for a sorority written by an alumna member of that organization

Recruitment Counselor (Gamma Chi): Panhellenic Greek woman who guides prospective members through the membership recruitment process. This woman has completely disaffiliated herself from her sorority in order to provide objective advice and support.

Silence: period of time with no contact between sororities and potential members

Strutting/Strolling: Coordinated movements done in a line by NPHC and MGC organizations to show unity. Often demonstrated at social gatherings or during step shows.