ACTIVE:

A current, initiated member of a fraternity or sorority.

BID:

An invitation from a fraternity or sorority for an individual to become a new member.

BIG BROTHER/SISTER:

The active member whom is tasked with guiding and advising a new member.

Chapter:

An individual colony which comprises a larger, national fraternity or sorority.

DUES:

Semester payments to one’s organization.

FORMAL HOUSE VISITS:

The part of rush in which recruits visit all fraternities or sororities in order to familiarize themselves with each chapter, its members, and its values.

GREEK COMMUNITY:

The confluence of individual fraternities and sororities in Sewanee in which Greek members and organizations comprise a greater, non-exclusive community whose value and impact extends far beyond the confines of individual chapters.

INITIATION:

The formal date in which new members become actives within an established organization.

Isc/IFC (intersorority council & interfraternity council)

A panel of elected students charged with governing and promoting cooperative actions within the Greek life community.

LITTLE BROTHER/SISTER:

The new member whom is the responsibility of a big brother or sister.

NEW MEMBER:  

An individual who has accepted a bid to an organization but has not yet been initiated.

RITUAL:

An event in which a chapter’s traditions are executed and exhibited as part of new member education.

Recruitment:

The process in which potential new members attend recruiting events held by the various organizations on a given campus. Held each spring.

SHAKE DAY:

The day in which individuals offered bids choose to accept one such bid and become a new member.  Shake Day occurs immediately following the last day of rush.

UPPERCLASS RUSH:

The period of rush for non-freshmen which is held each fall.