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With so many schools participating in and completing both men’s and women’s formal recruitment recently, we compiled a list of common Greek terms that are important to understand. Below are some of the vocab words you may hear as a member of a Panehellenic or IFC organization.
Active: A fully initiated member of a fraternity or sorority
Bid: An official invitation to join a Greek organization
Chapter: The formal name of the local organization of a national fraternity or sorority
Fraternity: A Greek organization typically understood as being restricted to men; however, women’s organizations can also be traditionally defined as a fraternity
Minority Greek Council (MGC): Governing body of minority Greek organizations
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC): Governing body of national sororities
Philanthropy: A Greek organization’s specific organization that members donate volunteer hours and the organization often donates money
Pin: Specific badge or symbol worn by a member of a fraternity or sorority
Recruitment: The formal process of engaging PNMs to join a Greek organization
Recruitment Guide (also Rho Gamma, Rho Chi, Greek Councilor, etc): A disaffiliated member of a sorority or fraternity designated to aid PNMs through the recruitment process
Sorority: A Greek organization restricted to women
Those are many of the formal terms you may hear when you’re thinking about going Greek. You may also hear a few of the following terms throughout recruitment:
Dirty Rushing: Refers to the forbidden act of sorority actives promising PNMs a bid, contracting PNMs outside of the allotted time within the house, giving PNMs gifts, or any other prohibited and unethical form of recruiting
Dry Rush: Alcohol is forbidden at all fraternity/sorority recruitment events
House: May refer to the actual structure of a sorority or fraternity. Also an informal name for a sorority or fraternity itself (eg “What house are you a member of?”).
Hotboxing: More than one sorority active speaks to a PNM at one time during recruitment
Pledge: New Member of a fraternity or sorority who has not been initiated into the organization
Pledge Class: Group of individuals that have participated in recruitment, accepted their bids, participated in New Member education and events, and been initiated during the same year
Pledgeship: Designated amount of time between bid acceptance and initiation into the Greek organization
Ranking: The process of a Greek organization selecting members to return to their house during recruitment, and the simultaneous process of a PNM of selecting which houses she would like to return
Rush: Informal name for the formal process of recruiting PNMs to join a Greek organization
Rushee: An individual participating in recruitment (PNM)
Suicide: The act of scoring or ranking only one Greek organization after the preference round of recruitment (if said individual does not receive a bid to the scored organization, the individual does not receive a bid to any Greek organization). This is the outdated way of defining “intentional single preference”.
Of course you remembered your clothes, a desk lamp, (extra-long) sheets, and all the other dorm room essentials that you use every day. However, there are some necessary and easily forgotten items that you should be sure find a place in your dorm to make a comfortable transition from home to campus.
Sleep Essentials: You may be used to your quiet bedroom and hours of luxurious and uninterrupted sleep. Cut to the dorm room, where not only do you share the room with another person, but you share the building with hundreds of other students.
- If your noisy neighbors keep you from getting a restful night of sleep, purchase a sleeping mask and earplugs.
H20 Essentials: I remember chatting with fellow out-of-state student at orientation who asked if I had tasted the tap water in our college town. Confused, I of course went home and tried the tap water…and it tasted like dirt! A water filter can clean any questionable contaminants and tastes out of tap water.
- A Brita filter is inexpensive and can be easily found at Target or Wal-Mart. Pour your filtered water into a reusable water bottle and you can save tons of cash instead of buying water bottles.
Rain Essentials: One item I completely forgot to pack when I went off to college was my favorite pair of rain boots! On that first rainy day I was one of the only students running to class in my flip-flops and t-shirt, drenched head to toe. With few exceptions, no matter where you go to school you’re going to run into a rainy day.
- Be sure to pack rain boots, an umbrella, and a rain jacket to keep dry!
Laundry Essentials: It’s easy to remember detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets. However, if you plan on using the washing machines in the dorms, you’ll need a few rolls of quarters to put those other laundry necessities to use!
While we suggest making some extra room for these items, it’s important to remember that college dorm rooms are very tiny. A few things to leave a home when you’re packing for college:
High School T-shirts: You’ll receive an absurd amount of free t-shirts in college, and your “Class of 2011” senior shirt will end up getting stuffed in the back of your drawer.
- Leave the old t-shirts at home, or send them to a company that specializes in making t-shirt quilts that you can use on your bed.
Extra Pillows: After pledging a sorority, purchasing a koala Pillow Pet I just had to have, and the Peep pillow my grandma insisted on sending to me for Easter, I had trouble finding a place to sleep amongst the unnecessary pillows all over my bed.
- Although adorable, leave the decorative pillows at home; these pillows will end up taking up what little floor space you have left.
Fancy Formals: Sports teams, clubs, sororities, and fraternities often throw date nights and formals.
- However, long Prom dresses aren’t college-appropriate and you’ll be more apt to wear short cocktail dresses to these types of events.
Here at Real Life 101, we’re absolutely addicted to our iPhones. But with so many apps out there, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. We’ve complied a list of some of our favorite, and most useful, iPhone apps for college students.
PosiMotion’s G-Park: If you brought your car to school, you may have already spent an afternoon wandering through parking lots trying to remember where you parked. With this $0.99 app, you can park anywhere, click the “Park Me!” button, and later hit the “Where Did I Park?” button to find your car! An excellent buy for students on large campuses.
Pandora: A classic favorite, this app provides free streaming music. Pick just about any genre or artist, and Pandora creates a specialized station just for you! The classical station is excellent for those nights in the library, and Top Hits is our choice for those long treks across campus. Pandora is available for Blackberry and Android too!
Pizza Finder: Pizza is the perfect meal for just about any occasion: a long all-nighter in the library, getting ready for a night on the town, or late night munchies after a night on the town. This FREE app uses your location to provide a list of restaurants and phone numbers to access that cheesy pizza you’ve been craving, instantly!
MyFitnessPal: If you’re worried about the Freshman 15, never fear with this FREE app. MyFitnessPal gives you the option to set a goal weight, and record your caloric intake and exercise habits. The app lists thousands of food options, and you’ll be able to find nutrition facts for just about any meal (we just looked up the calories in a Chik-fil-A chicken sandwich… Yikes). This app will be available soon for Blackberry too.
Fandango: This convenient, FREE app uses your location to list theatres and movie times in your area. An easy way to plan the perfect date night! Fandango can be used with Blackberry and Android.
Kik: If you or a friend is planning to study abroad, you might want to consider downloading this FREE app. Using text messaging when you’re out of the country can be very expensive, but if you are dying to tell your best friend about that crazy night in Barcelona, consider sending them a message using Kik! Kik uses your data plan to send messages rather than your texting plan, so messages can be cheaper, or even free, to send from anywhere! Kik is also available for Android.
HeyTell: iPhones give you access to connect with your friends in a wide variety of mediums: texting, calling, even FaceTime! And now, this FREE app allows you to use your phone like a walkie-talkie to send instant voice messages to your pals. An easy and time-effective way to plan a time to meet your friend down the hall for dinner, or drop a quick hello to a friend from home! HeyTell can also be used with Android phones.
- In 2009, only 19.7% of college graduates were hired directly out of school. That’s down from 26% in 2008 and 51% in 2007.
- The difference in pay for high school graduates and college graduates is no longer as significant as it has been historically. 
- Workers entering the workplace during a recession earn an average of 23% less than workers hired during good economic times. Studies show those differences persist nearly 20 years later.
- The national unemployment rate for workers under 25 is currently 18.8%, almost twice the national rate for all workers.