The glossary below contains various terms that are used regularly by members of fraternities and sororities. 

Active: A member who has been initiated into a lifelong fraternity or sorority membership and participates in chapter activities at the collegiate level

Alumni(ae): An initiated fraternity or sorority member who has graduated from college or withdrawn from the campus

Badge: The pin of an initiated member or new member 

Bid: A formal invitation to membership in a fraternity or sorority

Call or Chant: An audible sound used by members to acknowledge or gain the attention of other members.  Calls may vary regionally within organizations and some organizations may use more than one call

Chapter: The local collegiate group of a national fraternity or sorority

Continuous Open Bidding (COB): The period outside of Panhellenic formal recruitment when sorority with membership may extend bids

Collegian/Collegiate Member: A formally initiated member of a fraternity or sorority

College Panhellenic Council (CPC): The governing body of the Panhellenic sororities at UWG

Crossed: The same as being initiated.  The term means different things to different groups, but generally means crossing over from being a pledge to being a full member.  Most groups record this time to the second.  Term also refers to crossing the "burning sands"

Formal Recruitment: A period of structured membership selection

Fraternity: A name applying to all Greek Letter organizations by ritual, pin, and st

Interfraternity Council (IFC): One of three governing body of fraternities at UWG.  This governing body governs those fraternities that have a membership with the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).

Informational Meeting: A meeting to gain insight about an organization

Intake: A discreet process that an individual goes through to become a recognized member of a NPHC
or MGC organization

Initiation: A formal ceremony that brings about the transition from new members to initiated members

Legacy: A brother or sister, son or daughter, niece or nephew, grandson or granddaughter of a sorority member

Line: NPHC/MGC term somewhat equal to a new member class

National: A term referring to the central organization of a given fraternity or sorority.

North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC): A national organization composed of 66 national member men’s fraternities and alumni associations.

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC): A national organization composed of 26 member sororities, each of which is autonomous as a social. Greek-letter society of women.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): A national organization composed of four sororities and five fraternities whose membership is historically African-American, and locally the governing council for six organizations.

New Member: A member of a fraternity or sorority who has not been initiated.

New Member Program: New Members learn the history, ideals and values of fraternity and sorority life. The time frame of the New Member Program varies for each chapter.

Philanthropy: A charity undertaken by fraternity or sorority chapters on a campus, community, or national level.

Pin/Badge: The active pin is worn on the chest designating an initiated member of a certain chapter. A new member pin is similar and is used to designate a new member of a chapter.

Potential New Member (PNM): A person interested in being a member of a fraternity or sorority

Recommendation: A letter written by a member of the fraternity or sorority recommending men or women for membership

Ritual: The values and beliefs by which members of an organization live which is oftentimes depicted in organizational ceremonies

Recruitment/Rush/Intake: The activity by which chapters seek new members

Quota: The specified number of new members each Panhellenic sorority can accept during formal recruitment