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Badmouthing: Saying negative things about another fraternity, sorority, or independent living group; prohibited by Rush rules.

Badmouthing: Saying negative things about another fraternity, sorority, or independent living group; prohibited by Rush rules.

Bid: An official invitation to join a fraternity, sorority, or independent living group; will be given out this year starting Oct. 4.

Cross-rushing: Seeking bids from two or more FILGs simultaneously.

Closing desk: When an FILG has no more outstanding bids, it closes its desk and considers Rush over.

Dry Rush: From Friday, Sept. 20 until an FILG closes its desk for Rush, members can not serve or provide alcohol to anyone at any Rush event or function.

Flushing: Slang term for encouraging rushees to leave a living group and/or referring them to another living group.

FILG: Fraternity or independent living group.

FILG Apparel: No FILG apparel may be given to a rushee until a bid is accepted. Loaning of articles for the purpose of comfort (warmth, dryness) is acceptable, but these articles may not be worn to another FILG.

Hazing: Method of initiation that willfully endangers the health of a student; prohibited by Massachusetts law. Under the law, hazing includes mental and physical trauma.

IFC: Interfraternity Council, the governing body of all FILGs; manages FILG rush.

ILG: Independent Living Group; a living group that is neither fraternity, nor sorority, nor dormitory.

Judcomm: Judicial Committee (The IFC and the Dormitory Council each have their own Judcomm). Judcomm representatives monitor living groups and events for violation of rush rules.

Letters: FILG apparel.

LGC: The Living Group Council. A subdivision of the IFC, it governs only independent living groups.

Overnighting: Sleeping over at an FILG residence during Rush, a practice accepted and encouraged by IFC Recruitment Committee.

Panhel: Panhellic Association, the local chapter of the national sorority association; manages sorority Rush, which will occur this year at the end of January.

Pledges: What new members of some fraternities and sororities are called after an initiation program but before they become full members.

Rush: Official two week period from Sept. 20 to Oct. 5, when FILGs are open to prospective pledges. According to IFC rush rules, rushing is defined as “making specific references to any FILG ... that is not initiated by the prospective student.”

Rush Chair: An elected officer who is in charge of Rush events and recruitment for their fraternity or ILG.