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GREEK LIFE The Office of Greek Life, and the many volunteer chapter/grad advisors, support, challenge and nurture the 34 diverse fraternities and sororities at Carolina, involving 3,300 students, representing 17% of the undergraduate population, as they strive to become the Premier Greek Community in North America. These values-based organizations uphold their founding values of Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Friendship on a daily basis.

GREEK LIFE CONTACT INFORMATION: Phone: (803) 777-3506 E-mail: OR Website:







Alpha (al-fah)

Beta (bay-tah)

Gamma (gam-ah)

Delta (del-tah)

Epsilon (ep-si-lon)

Iota (eye-o-tah)

Kappa (cap-ah)

Lambda (lamb-da)

Mu (mew)

Nu (new)





Rho (row)





Sigma (sig-mah)

Tau (taw)


Upsilon (Oopsilon)


Phi (fie) or (fee)


Zeta (zay-tah)



Eta (ay-tah)


Xi Omicron (zie) or (zee) (om-i-cron)


Chi (kie)


Psi (sigh)


Theta (thay-tah)


Pi (pie)


Omega (o-may-gah)

GREEK TERMS Active: an initiated member of a sorority or fraternity, who is currently paying dues to their chapter.

Chapter: the name applied to the local organization of a national fraternity or sorority.

Alumna: a graduated sorority member.

Continuous Open Recruitment: the process by which sororities under total membership of 200, pledge new members

Alumnae: two or more graduated sorority women. Alumnus: a graduated fraternity member. Alumni: two or more graduated fraternity men, or a group of men and women. Badge: sorority pin worn by an initiated member. Bid: a formal invitation to join a fraternity or sorority. Big Brother/Sister: an active member chosen to assist and advise a new member. Brother (Frater): an active member of a fraternity.

Formal Recruitment: a series of events during sanctioned Fraternity or Sorority Rush. Fraternity Council: the governing body of all fraternities. Grad/Chapter Advisor – initiated member of the organization that provides advice and guidance to the officers and members. Initiation (Crossing): a ritual based ceremony that marks the acceptance of a lifetime commitment to the fraternity or sorority.

Intake: the process by which new members are identified and asked to join Alpha Kappa Alpha, Chi Upsilon Sigma, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi. Legacy: the daughter, sister, son, or brother of an initiated chapter member. New Member: a new member of a fraternity or sorority, aspiring to become an initiated member. New Member Educator: a sister or brother responsible for overseeing the development of new members and their preparation for initiation. Philanthropy: Service project/charity undertaken by Greek letter organizations on a campus, in a community, or on a national level. Pin: the fraternity or sorority’s badge of pledgeship or membership.

Pi Chi: a disaffiliated sorority woman or fraternity man who acts as a counselor during the recruitment process. Potential New Member: a non-member who is eligible to participate in the recruitment process and visits Greek organizations with an interest in possibly affiliating with one organization. Quota: the number of new members a sorority may pledge during formal rush. Recommendation: a written letter or statement recommending a man or woman for membership in a chapter. Sister (Soror): an active member of a sorority. Social: a social function between a fraternity and a sorority Sorority Council: the governing body of all sororities.

Univ. of S. Carolina Greek Recruitment Guide 2009  

Recruitment Guide and Annual Report for the University of South Carorlina Fraternity and Sorority Community.