ABCs of Going Greek

Before you join, learn the basics of Greek terminology.

Active - An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority.

Alumna/Alumnus - A member of a sorority or fraternity who is not affiliated with a collegiate chapter.

Bid - A formal invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.

Bid Matching - A system of matching a potential new member's preference with a sorority.

Brother - A term used within a men's fraternity when referring to other members.

Chapter - The local group of a national fraternity or sorority.

Dues - Fees for fraternity or sorority membership.

Fraternity - A national organization for men based upon mutual interest, friendship, and assistance.

Greeks - Students affiliated with Greek-letter fraternities and sororities.

Independent - A person who is not a member of a Greek-letter organization.

Initiation - The ceremony in which a new member becomes a fully active member.

Interfraternity Council (IFC) - Governing body for men's fraternities at QU.

Legacy - A potential member who has a relative that is a member of a fraternity or sorority.

New Member - Title given to a potential member from the time he/she accepts a bid until the time he/she is actually initiated.

New Member Education - A period of time spent learning about fraternity and sorority life prior to initiation.

Open Bidding - A period of time when there is informal, continuous open bidding (COB). Bids may be extended and accepted without preferential or involved procedures.

Panhellenic Council (QPC) - Governing body for women's sororities at QU.

Philanthropy - Community service and fundraising efforts to promote human welfare. Each fraternity or sorority undertakes its own philanthropies.

Quota - The number of new members any sorority may pledge during the specified formal recruitment period.

Recruitment - A process of mutual selection whereby each woman (potential member) and each sorority is able to make an educated decision by getting to know one another.

Recruitment Counselor - Sorority members who serve as counselors and resources to potential members during women's formal recruitment.

Ritual - The traditional, sacred ceremonies of a chapter, which are usually secret.

Sister - A term used within a women's fraternity when referring to other initiated members.

Sorority - A group of women banded together for social and educational purposes.

Greek Symbols:
A- Alpha (al-fa)
B-Beta (bay-tah)
D- Delta (del-tah)
G - Gamma (gam-ah)
E - Epsilon (ep-si-lon)
Z - Zeta (zay-tah)
H - Eta (ay-tah)
Q - Theta (thay-tah)
I - Iota (eye-o-ta)
K - Kappa (kap-ah)
L - Lambda (lamb-dah)
M - Mu (mew)
N - Nu (new)
X - Xi (z-eye)
O - Omicron (om-e-cron)
P - Pi (pie)
R - Rho (row)
S - Sigma (sig-mah)
T - Tau (taw)
U - Upsilon (oops-i-lon)
F - Phi (fi)
C - Chi (k-eye)
Y- Psi (sigh)
W - Omega (o-mega)

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