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active
A fully initiated member of a fraternity or sorority.

alumna (fem.)
An initiated member of a sorority no longer enrolled as an undergraduate student (i.e. graduated); plural is alumnae.

alumnus (masc.)
An initiated member of a fraternity no longer enrolled as an undergraduate student (i.e. graduated); plural is alumni.

bid
An invitation to membership from a fraternity/sorority to a potential new member.

brother
A member of a fraternity.

chapter
The local collegiate membership of a fraternity/sorority.

continuous open bidding
For Panhellenic: Also called open bidding and informal membership recruitment; COB bids may be extended and accepted at any time during the school year other than formal recruitment.

dry recruitment
The practice of not serving alcoholic beverages at any recruitment functions.

formal recruitment
The period of time of membership recruitment by some Greek organizations (prior to the new member [pledge] process) where students meet fraternities and sororities through activities and events.

induction
The traditional ritual which brings a student into the new member education process of a fraternity/sorority.

initiation
The traditional ritual which brings the new member into full membership in the fraternity/sorority.

intake/pledging/new member period
Process for which new members are educated about a chapter's history, organization, members and tenets of fraternity/sorority life.

legacy
A potential new member whose parents or siblings were a member of a fraternity/sorority.

new member
An individual who has accepted a bid and is engaged in preparing for initiation.

pledge
Another name for a new member. A new member pledges commitment to learn about the organization and uphold its ideals.
 
potential new member
A person interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority.
ritual
An activity which bonds the organization together and is traditionally secretive.

rush
Another name for formal recruitment process.

sister
A member of a sorority.

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