Have you heard the terms "PNM", "IFC", "bid", and "chapter" and don't know what they mean? This glossary should give you a better idea of some of the terms used in the Greek Lingo:
PNM or Potential New Member- A person who is interested in joining an NPC sorority and will participate in recruitment. Formerly called "rushees" by sororities.
IFC- Interfraternity Council. The governing body of the NIC fraternities at Texas A&M.
NPHC- National Pan-Hellenic Council. The governing body of the predominantly African-American fraternities and sororities at Texas A&M.
MGC- Multi-Cultural Greek Council. The governing body of the predominantly asian and latino fraternities and sororities at Texas A&M.
bid- a formal invitation for membership, given out at the end of formal Recruitment week by one chapter to a PNM.
chapter- A branch of a national sorority, established at a campus. Each will have their own name, usually designated by Greek Letters. For example, Chi Omega, Xi Kappa chapter.
Alumna/Alumnus- a member of a sorority/fraternity who has already graduated.
Preference- After the end of all the events for one round of Recruitment, every PNM will board the bus and go to another location to decide which sororities she would most like to visit again the next day. This decision process is called preference and will occur after the Go Greek, Philanthropy, Skit, and Pref Night rounds of Recruitment. Chapters or members of chapters never see which sororities a PNM prefs.
Quota- The total number of new members each sorority is allowed to take at the end of Recruitment week.
Rho Gamma- A woman who has disaffiliated from her sorority for the process of Recruitment to give unbiased assistance to PNMs. These women will stand at the various houses during the week of Recruitment to help facilitate.
Philanthropy- A charitable organization that every NPC sorority at Texas A&M supports, both through financial aid and service. Most sororities at Texas A&M have a national philanthroy that their entire national sorority supports, as well as a local philanthropy that only their chapter supports.
Ritual- A secret ceremony of a Greek organization and the secret documents that outline the history and traditions of the sorority.
College Panhellenic- the governing body over the 12 NPC sororities and 1 affiliate member at Texas A&M.
Active- an initiated collegiate member of a chapter.
City Panhellenic- the Alumnae Association of a city that can provide information and assistance to women going through Recruitment.
Continuous Open Bidding- After the process of formal Recruitment, if a sorority did not meet quota they are eligible to give out a bid at any time during the year to a woman who they would like to become a member.
Snap Bid- After every sorority has submitted their bid lists (women they would like to extend membership to) and every PNM has submitted her preference card (final choices for which sorority she would like to join), sometimes the two do not match up. In this case, a PNM can receive a snap bid from a sorority that did not make quota and accept it on Bid Day.
Initiation- the secret ritual ceremony that a new member undergoes to become an active, official member of her chapter. Initiation traditionally should not include any form of hazing, and any instances of hazing should be immediately reported to CPC and the University.
New Member- a woman who has accepted her bid to join a sorority.
Maximizing your options- At Texas A&M, we have a policy which states that every PNM who goes through Recruitment will receive a bid from a chapter at the end of the process so long as she "maximizes her options". This means that at Preference (decision time at night when you rank your remaining houses), after the conclusion of all Recruitment parties, the PNM submits the maximum number of houses she wishes to return to that she is able to submit (a.k.a. she does not Single Intentional Preference) and she attends every event she is invited to throughout the week.
Single Intentional Preference- This is the situation in which a PNM only submits one or two houses that she would like to return to, also called "suicide pref". In a situation in which a PNM is invited to more than one party on a given round, but only decides she would like to pref one house, she may not be guaranteed a bid at the end of the week. There is no benefit to Single Intentional Preference and it is highly discouraged.
Silence- the period of no contact between PNMs and active members during the week of Recruitment and the week before Recruitment starts.
Dirty Rushing- Any attempt to convince a PNM to join a sorority that conflicts with any Recruitment Rules. This includes talking/contact during the silence period, etc.