Greek Life

Glossary Of Terms

Active/Initiated Member :  A member who has been initiated into a fraternity or sorority. Typically used by IFC or PHC groups.

Bid :   A formal invitation from a fraternity or sorority to join the organization.

Chapter :   A way to refer to a campus entity of a specific organization.

Colony A new fraternity or sorority that is working to establish a chapter on WIU's campus.

Crossed :   The time when members are initiated. Typically used by UGC cultural interest groups.

Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) :  The specific unit within the Office of Student Activities that provides oversight, direction, and advisement for all fraternities/sororities and their respective councils

Intake :   The process the UGC cultural interest groups use to select new members.

Interfraternity Council (IFC) :   The governing body of predominantly NIC and the like fraternities on WIU's campus.

Inter/national Fraternity or Sorority :  A fraternity or sorority holding membership in the North American Interfraternity Conference, the National Panhellenic Conference, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, National Multicultural Greek Council, the like or a fraternity/sorority that has inter/national status.

Legacy A potential new member or active member who is related to a member of a fraternity or sorority.
Each Inter/National organization has different standards for determining legacy status.

Line :   New members of a UGC cultural interest group.

Neophyte (Neo) :   A newly initiated member of an UGC cultural interest group.

New/Associate Member :   A potential member who has accepted a bid to a fraternity or sorority and is not yet initiated. Typically used by IFC or PHC groups.

Office of Student Activities (OSA) :  The department of Western Illinois University whose responsibilities include the advisement of all recognized student organizations including fraternities, sororities, and their respective councils.

Panhellenic Council (PHC) :   The governing body of all NPC, and the like, sororities on WIU's campus.

Potential New Member (PNM) :   A person interested in joining a fraternity or sorority.

Prophyte :   An older member of an UGC group.

Recruitment The process the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils use to select new members.

United Greek Council (UGC) :   The governing body of historically cultural interest fraternities including groups nationally affiliated with the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), National Multicultural Greek Council, and others.