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Below are definitions of commonly used Greek terms:
  1. Active - A member who has been initiated into lifelong fraternity or sorority membership and participates in chapter activities at the collegiate level.  This member must also be in good standing academically and financially within the organization
  2. Bid - A formal invitation to continue on the new member education process for a sorority or fraternity
  3. Big (Brother or Sister) - An active member of a sorority or fraternity who serves as a mentor to a new member, guiding her/him through the new member program (pledging).
  4. Call/Chant - Audible sounds used by members to acknowledge or gain attention of other members.  Calls may vary regionally within organizations and some orgs may use more than one call.
  5. Chapter - A local group of the larger organization designated with a Greek Name (ex: Alpha Beta Gamma - Alpha Chapter)
  6. Crossed - Crossing over from a pledge to a full member.
  7. Drop - Used to refer to someone who de-pledged or stopped pledging.
      • Drop Letters - Formal process of disassociation from sorority or fraternity.  This person would be able to pledge another organization in the future should she/he wish to.
  8. Greek Council - The self-governing body of the social Greek Community at SUNY Delhi.
  9. Interest - Title of a potential new member who the group knows to be interested. 
  10. Line - The members of an org's new member class.
  11. Local - Organizations that have only an Alpha Chapter at one particular institution.
  12. National - Organizations that have chapters throughout the country at various institutions.
  13. Neophyte aka NEO - A new member of an organization.
  14. Pledge Success Conference (PSC) - Takes place once a semester; this program provides information to candidates and pledge team regarding study skills, time management and the current New York hazing laws.
  15. Pledge - A candidate that is engaged in the new member education process.
      • Pledging - Can refer to either the candidate going through the new member education process or the organization that is conducting the new member education process for prospective brothers or sisters.
  16. Regional - Organizations that have multiple chapters in a particular region
  17. Rush - A series of social events and gatherings that allow prospective and current fraternity or sorority members to get to know each other.  This is prior to the new member education process.
  18. Sands - A members of different organizations that crossed the same semester

Student Activities

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Joliana Hunter-Ellin 
Greek Life Advisor

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and Community Center

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Recognized Greek Organizations

ΔΩE - Delta Omega Epsilon (DOE)
KΣE - Kappa Sigma Epsilon (KSE)
ΛAΥ - Lambda Alpha Upsilon (LAU)
ΛIΥ - Lambda Iota Upsilon (LIU)
TΔΧ - Tau Delta Chi (TDX)
TKE - Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE)
TRI  - Tri-Atelier Fraternity (Tri-At)

BΔE - Beta Delta Epsilon (BDE)
- Zeta Delta Tau (ZDT)
KΩI - Kappa Omega Iota (KOI)
MIΥ - Mu Iota Upsilon (MIU)
OΞΩ - Omicron Xi Omega (OXO)
ΣΩE - Sigma Omega Epsilon (SOE)

Co-Ed Fraternities
BKΞ - Beta Kappa Xi (BKX)
ZΦΩ - Zeta Phi Omega (ZPO)
ΥΔE - Upsilon Delta Epsilon (UDE) 

Last Updated: 2/19/16