Fraternity and Sorority Life 101

Active: An initiated fraternity or sorority member who is affiliated with a campus chapter

Alumna: A graduated member of a women's sorority/fraternity (plural is alumnae)

Alumnus: A graduated member of a men's fraternity (plural is alumni)

Badge: The badge of an initiated member is received during the initiation ceremony and worn in a designated location

Bid: A formal invitation for membership from a Greek-letter organization

Big Brother/Sister: An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority who serves as a sponsor, advisor or special friend to a new member, guiding them through their new member program or initiation

Brother: A term used by fraternity members to refer to one another.

Call: A vocal sound (sometimes high-pitched) used by members of cultural-based Greek organizations to acknowledge one another

Chapter: A term used to describe the collegiate group of a fraternity or sorority

Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC): CPC is the governing body of all sororities at Wingate; this organization provides leadership and programming for the chapters

Crossed: The actual date of initiation into a cultural-based Greek organization

Dues: Semester costs of being in a fraternity or sorority; they may be broken into smaller monthly payments

Greek Week: An annual celebration held in the spring 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 Greek membership

Intake: The educational process that one goes through in order to become a member of a cultural-based Greek organization

Interfraternity Council (IFC): IFC is the governing body of all three fraternities at Wingate; this organization 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 cultural-based Greek organization’s new member class

New Member: A potential member who has accepted a bid from a fraternity or sorority

Philanthropy: A community service and/or fund-raising project sponsored by a chapter

Pi Chi: A representative from a sorority that aids potential members in their formal recruitment process

Potential New Member: An individual interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority

Probate/New Member Step Exhibition: A stepping routine put on by the new members of a cultural-based Greek organization to signify their accomplishments

Quota: The number of women to whom each sorority may extend bids

Recruitment: Refers to the process by which chapters select new members

Ritual: The traditional, secret initiation ceremonies of a fraternity or sorority

Sister: A term used by sorority members to refer to one another

Stepping: An elaborate performance-involving dance, marching and the traditional culture of a cultural-based Greek organization

Stroll: A line dance done by members of cultural-based Greek organizations (Usually at a party or step show)