Greek Terms to Know
Alumnus/Alumna (Alum for short, and Alumni if you’re talking about more than one alum) – An initiated member who has graduated from college.
- Bid: A formal invitation to join a chapter.
- Brother/Sister: A term used by active members in a chapter when referring to each other.
- Chapter: The collegiate group of a national or local fraternity or sorority.
- Formal Rush: A period of structured membership selection.
- Greek: Any Member of a Greek letter social organization (sorority or fraternity).
- IGC: Inter-Greek Council, a representative government body of all fraternities.
- Initiated Member: Any member who has completed the new member process and has gone through the initiation ceremony.
- Initiation: A formal ceremony that brings about the transition from a potential new member to initiated member.
- Legacy: A person whose parent, sibling, or grandparent is an alumna or active of member of a sorority or fraternity.
- Local: A term referring to a chapter only at MHU.
- National: A term referring to the central organization of a given fraternity or sorority.
- Pin: The member pin is worn on the chest designated an active member of a certain Chapter. A pledge pin is similar and is used to designate on a pledge of a chapter
- Potential New Member (Pledge): A person who has accepted an invitation to a chapter and has not yet been initiated.
- Pledging (New Member Process): A trail period of adjustment of fraternity or sorority life.
- Rushee: An undergraduate college man or woman who participates in rush.