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greek terms and definitions

Active

: Fraternity or sorority member, currently in school, who has

completed his/her new member program and has been formally

initiated by his/her chapter

Bid

: A formal invitation to a potential new member on behalf of

that sorority or fraternity to join that specific group

Bid Day

: The day that potential new members receive their bids

Chapter

: The local group of a national fraternity or sorority

designated by a special Greek letter name

Formal Recruitment

: The major recruitment period of the year

during one weekend early in the fall semester. Formal recruitment

consists of different events sponsored by the Interfraternity and

Panhellenic Councils separately. Potential new members have the

opportunity to visit each chapter house and meet its members.

Fraternity

: A Greek letter organization characterized by a ritual, a

pin, and a strong tie of friendship

Greek

: A member of a sorority or fraternity so called because the

organization bears a Greek letter name

Initiation

: The formal, ritualistic ceremony during which a new

member takes final vows and becomes a full member of his/her

fraternity or sorority

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

: The representative governing body of

the fraternity system

Legacy

: A potential new member whose parent or sibling is an

alumnus/ae or active member of a specific fraternity or sorority

Nationals

: The governing body of each fraternity and sorority on a

national level; the central headquarters of a Greek organization

Panhellenic

: National and local council of sororities, the purpose

of which is to govern, to unify, and to aid sororities in their

relationships with one another and the college community

Philanthropy

: A service project undertaken by Greek members on the

campus, community or national level

Quota

: The number of women that each sorority may add during

Recruitment

Recommendation

: A written letter or statement recommending a

potential new member for membership in a fraternity or sorority.

It can be sent from alumni of any chapter and is sent to the chapter

of his/her fraternity/sorority on this campus.

Rho Gamma

: Sorority members who do not affiliate with their own

sororities during Recruitment, but serve as unbiased advisors to

potential new members during Recruitment

Recruitment

: A process whereby students interested in fraternities

and sororities can meet the members of each chapter and learn more

about the organizations

Potential New Member (PNM)

: Any student who is regularly

enrolled and is eligible according to scholastic requirements, who is

interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority, and who

has registered for Recruitment

Sorority

: A Greek letter sisterhood, also called a women’s fraternity

Howdo I send a sorority recommendation to BSC?

Although recommendations are not required by every chapter, Alums from chapters that exist at BSC are welcome to send

a recommendation on behalf of students registered for Formal Recruitment. There is not a standard form. However, each

sorority has their own recommendation form which can be located on their respective national website. To submit that form

to a BSC chapter, mail it directly to the address for the respective sorority which can be found in this booklet.

Thank you for your interest in BSC Greek Life andwelcome to the Hilltop!