NPHC Meet the Greeks Picture and Greek Booths in the LI Quad

What are they saying?


Fraternity and Sorority Terms


ADVISOR - An alumna or alumnus who serves as a resource and educator for the chapter and its members.

ALUMNA - an initiated sorority member who is no longer in college. (plural: Alumnae).

ALUMNUS - an initiated fraternity member who is no longer in college. (plural: Alumni).

BID - a formal invitation to join a sorority or fraternity.

COB - Continuous Open Bidding. The recruitment process after Formal Recruitment for Panhellenic Sororities, which allows women interested in joining an NPC group to express interest and join.

CROSSING - similar to initiation, a ceremony where a neo becomes a member of a group. Often used by the NPHC and USFC groups.

BROTHER - a term used by members of a fraternity when referring to one another.

CHAPTER - The locally, chartered group of the larger, national organization, which is designated by a special Greek letter name.

DIVINE NINE - The nine members of the NPHC who formed Historically Black fraternities and sororities.

GREEK - what a sorority or fraternity member is called because the organization bears a Greek letter name.

HAZING - activity which caused undue stress placed on any member that can be mental or physical and is strictly forbidden by California Law and University policy.

INITIATE - a person who has recently learned the ritual of a fraternity or sorority and is a full member of his/her fraternity/sorority.

INITIATION - The formal ceremony at which the ritual is revealed to the new members and they becomes a full member of their fraternity/sorority.

LAVALIERE - a necklace with Greek letters on it. Sorority women can wear these necklaces with their sorority’s letters, and many become lavaliered upon receiving a lavaliere from their boyfriend with his fraternity’s letters.

LEGACY - a person whose parent or sibling is an alumnus/alumna or active member of a national fraternity or sorority.

LINE The persons pledging together through intake.

MEMBERSHIP INTAKE - The process some organizations use to accept new members. Often used by the NPHC and USFC groups.

MIXER or EXCHANGE- sorority and fraternity members meeting together socially to get acquainted.

NEOPHYTE (NEO) - New member of an organization, often used by the NPHC and USFC groups.

NEW MEMBER - (also associate member or candidate) someone who has accepted a bid to join a fraternity or sorority, but has not been formally initiated.

NEW MEMBER PIN - a distinctive insignia worn on the chest designating a new member of a particular fraternity or sorority for the period of time between bid acceptance and initiation.

NEW MEMBER PROGRAM - a period of education when each new member learns about his/her fraternity or sorority.

NPHC - National Pan-Hellenic Council; The umbrella organization for historically Black fraternities and sororities.

NPC - National Panhellenic Conference umbrella organization to member sororities.

PHILANTHROPY - a service project or fundraising event undertaken by fraternity or sorority chapters on the campus, community, or national level.

PIN - (also badge) a distinctive insignia worn on the chest designating a member of a particular fraternity or sorority.

POTENTIAL MEMBER - someone who is participating in informal or formal recruitment.

PROPHYTE - Older member of an organization, often used by NPHC organizations

RITUAL - the traditional ceremonies of a fraternity or sorority containing the secrets shared between members.

SISTER - a term used by members of a sorority when referring to one another.

SOROR - a term used by sorority members when referring to one another, typically used by NPHC member sororities

The Greek Alphabet

alpha

Alpha

beta

Beta

gamma

Gamma

delta

Delta

Epsilon

Epsilon

zeta

Zeta

eta

Eta

theta

Theta

Iota

Iota

kappa

Kappa

Lambda

Lambda

Mu

Mu

nu

Nu

xi

Xi

Omicron

Omicron

Pi

Pi

Rho

Rho

Sigma

Sigma

Tau

Tau

Upsilon

Upsilon

Phi

Phi

chi

Chi

Psi

Psi

Omega

Omega