badmouthing: saying negative things about another fraternity, sorority, or independent living group; prohibited by rush rules
bid: an official invitation to join an FSILG
Clearinghouse: the computer system used to track freshmen moving among FSILGs. Students can make themselves invisible to living groups in Clearinghouse by contacting the Residence and Campus Activities Office in W20-549.
Crossrushing: having bids from two or more fraternities simultaneously
crowding: the result of a housing system filled beyond normal capacity. Certain rooms are "crowded" from singles to doubles, double to triples, etc.
Dormcon: Dormitory Council. Dormcon represents students living in the dormitory system and manages dormitory rush.
flushing: slang term for encouraging rushees to leave a fraternity or ILG and/or referring them to another other living group
FMS: Freshman Messaging System. Computerized system for messages from parents, the administration, and FSILGs. FMSterminals are available in all dormitories.
FSILG: fraternity, sorority, or independent living group
hazing: method of initiation that willfully endangers the health of a student; prohibited by Massachusetts law
housing lottery: the Athena-based lottery used to determine dormitory housing; lasts from 4 p.m. tomorrow through 3 p.m. Monday
IFC: Interfraternity Council, the governing body of all FSILGs; manages FSILG rush
informals: sorority rush activities that are by invite only
in-house rush: used by dormitories to assign entries, floors, suites, and rooms to new residents
Judcomm: Judicial Committee. Judcomm representatives monitor living groups and events for violations of rush rules. Both Dormcon and IFC have their own Judcomm.
Panhel: Panhellenic Association, the local chapter of the national sorority association and a sub-group of the IFC; manages sorority rush
pledges: what new members of some fraternities and sororities are called after an initiation program but before they become full members
pref parties: the last parties held by sororities before bid lists are made up
Rho Chi: temporarily deaffiliated sorority member who acts as an impartial counselor for women rushing sororities; cannot mention or discuss her sorority