Fraternity & Sorority Life Manual

25 Call: A unique vocal expression for a particular organization; used to recognize other members. (Please do not: Repeat an organization’s particular response or call. It is considered disrespectful to do so) Chapter: A term used to refer to undergraduate fraternity or sorority students in a particular Greek organization. This term is also used nationally to distinguish one group of students on a particular campus from those on another campus. Many national groups give their chapters names such as a Greek letter, or a combination of letters, or a Greek letter and a state. College Panhellenic Association: The governing body for Panhellenic sororities at NSU. COB (Continuous Open Bidding): An ongoing, open recruitment with no scheduled, specific, or campus wide activities. Bids may be extended at any time during the academic year. Colony: An organization that has been approved to move forward in becoming a chapter of a Social Greek-lettered organization. Crossing/Crossing over: A term used by UGC groups to indicate that a new member has been fully initiated into the group. Collegiate Fraternal Council (CFC): The governing body of the fraternities (typically NIC groups) at NSU. Divine Nine: The term used to describe the nine NPHC affiliated organizations. Dues: Charge of joining a fraternity or sorority. Each chapter’s dues are different and cover different expenses. Formal Recruitment: The selection period for IFC fraternities and PHC sororities of their new members. There are specific scheduled events. Also known as “recruitment week.” Greek/ Greeks: A term applied to students affiliated with a Social Greek-letter social fraternity or sorority. Handshake: A particular handshake unique to each organization only known by initiated members. Also known as a grip. Informational : A meeting held by the chapter for perspective members who are seeking information about the organization. Initiation: A formal ceremony where new members become initiated members. Intake: The term UGC (NPHC and MGC) groups use when they bring new members into their organization. Each chapter conducts intake in the spring semester and each group is assisted in this process by their Graduate Chapter and/ or National Organization. Interest Meeting: Organizations hold a formal meeting for potential new members that cover the application process, rules, etc. These meetings are generally geared to potential new members who have a serious interest in the organization. Legacy: Someone whose mother, father, sister, or brother, are members of a particular group. Some consider an aunt or an uncle a legacy also. Line: Being “on line” is a term for when a student is joining an UGC group. In 1990 all 9 NPHC groups prohibited “pledging” and began a process called intake (see definition above). Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement: A signed card by a potential new member after the last day of Panhellenic recruitment, indicating the potential new member’s preferences of the chapters that she attended in the last round. NMGC (National Multicultural Greek Council): The national umbrella council for a coalition of Multicultural Social Greek-letter organizations (MGLOs) The purpose of NMGC is to provide a forum that allows for the free exchange of ideas, programs, and services between its constituent fraternities and sororities and to promote the awareness of multicultural diversity within collegiate institutions. NPC (National Panhellenic Conference): The national umbrella organization of the College Panhellenic Association. NPC is made up of a group of 26 women’s sororities in North America. Representatives from each national sorority get together to support and promote sororities across North America.