Active: A fully initiated, undergraduate member of a fraternity or sorority
Alumni: Sorority or fraternity members who have graduated from college and are no longer in the collegiate chapter.
Bid: A formal invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.
Big Brother/Big Sister: An active member assigned to be the personal mentor to a new member.
Chapter: A local unit of a national or international fraternity or sorority.
Charter: Documentation from a national organization that serves as a license to operate a chapter of their organization on a specific campus.
Interest Group: A group of students who have been recognized by the college and/or a national organization but who have not yet received a charter.
InterFraternity Council (IFC): The representative governing body of all the fraternities at Marietta College.
Initiation: A Ritual ceremony/tradition that welcomes the new member into full membership status of that fraternity/sorority.
Legacy: Someone who has an older family member that is a member of a particular Greek organization.
Panhellenic Council: The representative governing body of all the sororities at Marietta College.
Intent Card: A specific card that prospective members must fill out and turn into the Greek Life office before receiving a bid.
Recruitment: The designated period of time in which all sororities and fraternities hold events for new members to join the chapter.
PNM (Potential New Member): A student of Marietta College that has not yet pledged or accepted a bid to a sorority.
Prospective Member: A student of Marietta College that has not yet pledged or accepted a bid to a fraternity.
Pledge/New Member: An uninitiated member of a fraternity or sorority, who has received and accepted a bid, but has not gained full membership status yet.
Ritual: The traditions that tie together the values and principles of a Greek letter organization.