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Glossary

Alumna/alumnae – Someone who has graduated from a women's Greek Letter organization, plural is alumnae.  

Alumnus/alumni – Someone who has graduated from a men's Greek Letter organization, plural is alumni.

Bid – A formal invitation to become a member of a Greek Letter organization.

GLOS – Greek Letter Organizations and Societies

Chapter –The local campus group of a fraternity or sorority.  

Coed Council – The council that oversees and supports the three Coed fraternities at Dartmouth College: Alpha Theta, Phi Tau, and The Tabard. 

Colony – A newly-organized sorority or fraternity working towards official recognition on campus.

Dues – Fees paid to a Greek organization for membership, they are often paid per term.

GLC – The Greek Leadership Council that oversees and supports the five sub councils.  The presidents of each sub council are part of its executive board. 

IFC – The Interfraternity Council.  At Dartmouth, this council oversees and supports its member fraternities, including both national and local organizations. 

Legacy – When a relative, usually a parent, grandparent, or older sibling is in a Greek Letter organization and you join the same one (it could be at different schools), you have a legacy in this organization.  

Local Organization – A Greek Letter organization that is only found at Dartmouth. 

NALFO – National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations.  At Dartmouth, this council oversees and supports its three member organizations: Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc.; La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.; and Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.

National Organization A Greek Letter organization that has chapters at other colleges and universities around the country.

NPHC – National Pan-Hellenic Council.  At Dartmouth, this council oversees and supports its two member chapters: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 

New Member – A person who has gone through the recruitment process and is in the process of becoming an initiated member of the organization.

New Member Period – The time from Bid Day until initiation.

Panhel – Panhellenic Council.  At Dartmouth, this council oversees and supports its seven member sororities, including both national and local organizations.

Potential New Member (PNM) – Someone who could potentially become a new member of a Greek Letter organization.  This often refers to students who are going through recruitment or who plan on going through recruitment.  

Recruitment The process of joining or showing interest in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority.  Each of the sub councils has its own recruitment process.  This is commonly referred to as “rush.” 

Senior Society  The Senior Societies are separate from the Greek community that are only for members of the senior class.  The majority of these societies keep their membership secret, and are thus often referred to as secret societies.  

Six Principles Six principles that all Greek Letter organizations and members agree to uphold.  These include leadership, scholarship, service, brotherhood/sisterhood, inclusivity, and accountability.

Sub councils – The governing councils that operate under the GLC.  These include NALFO, NPHC, IFC, Panhel, and Coed Council.

Undergraduate Society – Social and residential communities that are not a part of the Greek community.   Amarna and Panarchy are the two undergraduate societies at Dartmouth.

Last Updated: 8/20/13