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Police Log

Rush Terms

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