Common Greek Community Terms

Active: A formal initiated member of a fraternity or sorority.

Alumnae: A sorority member who has graduated from college.

Alumnus: A fraternity member who has graduated from college.

Alumni: Initiated members who have graduated.

Badge (pin):The insignia that designates your Greek organization.

Bid: A formal invitation to pledge or associate with a chapter.

Bid Day: final day of recruitment when the potential new member receives an invitation to join a chapter.

Brother: A term used when referring to other members of a Fraternity.

Brotherhood: Intangible, yet the most cherished of assets among all Greek members, brotherhood is the foundations of fraternity life. It is difficult to explain, but it can be basically characterized by each fraternity's most common and identifiable element.

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

Chapter:  A campus group recognized by the institution and the (inter)national fraternal organization.

Chapter Advisor: an alumni member who advises students in specific chapter procedures.

Colony: group of students who have started a new fraternity or sorority.

Community Service: Services volunteered by individuals or an organization to benefit a community or its institutions.

Crossed: The actual date of initiation into a multicultural Greek organization. The term is used to represent the symbolic “crossing of the burning sands."

Formal/Date Party: a social event held by one chapter to which each member may invite one date to attend.

Fraternity: A men's social student organization having secret rites; a student organization for scholastic, professional, or extracurricular activities. The term “fraternity” also applies to some women’s groups.

Fraternity and Sorority Advisor - Coordinator: University employee who advises students in academic and personal matters.

Greek: A member of a fraternity or sorority.

Greek 101: A retreat to educate the newly inducted members of the Greek System.

Greek Week: A special week each year where all the Greeks come together. This week includes such events as flag football, basketball, tug-of-war, and skit night. There is also a Greek day of service and mass. Greek Week at Villanova University helps promote unity within the Greek system.

Hazing: any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of an individual or which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, any organization operating under the sanction of or recognized as an organization by the University. (See the appendix of the Villanova University Student Handbook.)

Initiate: A fully initiated member of a chapter.

Initiation: Ceremony in which a new member begins full membership in that specific organization. Interfraternity Council (IFC): Central governing body of fraternities that provides service to chapters. The IFC holds chapters accountable for the policies and procedures of the council and the University.

Leadership: Many leadership opportunities are available within the Greek community. Not only are officer positions available in each chapter, but also Greek affiliation opens doors to organizations all over campus.

Legacy: Man or woman whose mother, father, sister, brother, grandmother, grandfather, or other immediate family member was or is currently a member of a particular organization. Each (inter)national organization may have their own definition of legacy.

Line: The members of a cultural Greek organization new member class.

List Social Event: A social event in which invitations are given to friends of the sponsoring fraternity. The fraternity then produces a list of invited guests, and those invited are bussed to a third party vendor for the event. (See the Fraternity List Party Guidelines in the Social Policy for policies regarding these events.)

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC): A representative body for Villanova'a multicultural Greek organizations.

Mixer: A social gathering between one (or more) sorority and one (or more) fraternity held at a third party vendor and limited to 3 hours. (See Social Policy for the policies regarding these events.)

NALFO: National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations is an umbrella council for Latino Greek Letter Organizations. The purpose of NALFO is to promote and foster positive interfraternal relations, communication, and development of all Latino Fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism and education.

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC): The representative body of national sororities.

Neophyte: A new member of a multicultural Greek organization.

New Member/Associate: Member of a Fraternal organization who has not yet been initiated.

New Member Pin: A pin that designates a new member of a Greek organization.

New Member Recruitment: The continual process of recruiting members for a Greek organization (usually IFC and NPC).

New Member Program: Time in which new members of a Fraternal organization learn about the chapter.

Panhellenic Council (Panhel): Central governing body of sororities that offers services to chapters and the community as a whole, from the Greek meaning all (Pan) Greeks (Hellenic).

Philanthropy: Charitable project to raise money and awareness for a particular cause sponsored by each chapter on campus.

Potential New Member: Student who participates in either formal or informal recruitment.

Presidents’ Council: The governing body encompassing all chapter presidents. Provides speakers for campus, organizes and coordinates Greek 101 and Greek Week.

Recommendations/References: Written letter recommending a potential member for membership signed by an alumnus, these are not necessary for students to participate in recruitment.

Recruitment: Social experience organized by the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils in which mutual selection allows each potential new member to determine chapter membership.

Recruitment Counselor: Woman or man who is available during formal recruitment to answer questions about recruitment.

Recruitment Guide (Rho Gamma): A disaffiliated member of an organization who assists potential members through the recruitment process.

Ritual: A detailed act or series of acts carried out by an individual to represent their organization’s values.

Scholarship: The Greek system at Villanova University strives for high scholarship. A minimum grade point average of 2.4 is required by sororities and fraternities in order to become an initiated member. Each chapter has a scholarship program to provide incentives, coordinate study hours, and to encourage members to achieve their highest academic goals.

Sister: A term used when referring to other members of a sorority.

Sisterhood: Intangible, yet the most cherished of assets among all Greek members, sisterhood is the foundations of sorority life. It is difficult to explain, but it can be basically characterized by each sorority's most common and identifiable element.

Social: The Greek system at Villanova University offers a well-rounded social life, and provides the opportunity for developing lifelong friendships. Many activities are organized not only to become closer to one’s sisters and brothers, but to members of other chapters as well. Men and women get together for informal or formal dances that provide many rewarding and fun memories.

Social Event: General term that includes mixer, formal, date party that must be registered in accordance with the social policy. (See Appendix)

Sorority: A women's social student organization having secret rites; a student organization for scholastic, professional, or extracurricular activities.

Strict Silence: Not discussing recruitment with non-sorority members outside of the recruitment events.

Stroll: A line dance done by members of multicultural Greek organizations (usually at a party or step show).

“Undergrounds”: Groups that are not recognized (inter)Nationally and/or by the University.

CONTACT INFO

Phil O'Neill
Assistant Director of Student Development for OSFL
Phone: 610.519.7280
Email: phil.oneill@villanova.edu

Jessi McPherrin 
Assistant Director of Student Development for OSFL
Phone: 610.519.7280
Email: jessica.mcpherrin@villanova.edu

Marian Moran
Administrative Assistant for OFSL
Phone: 610.519.7280
Email: marian.moran@villanova.edu

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