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The Sorority and Fraternity Pledging Process and Ceremony

Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) Pledge

With some colleges already half way through their recruitment weeks, many of you have been asking what to expect at the pledge ceremony and from the pledge process for fraternities and sororities.

When a potential new member accepts a Greek bid invitation, they become a new member, formally known as a pledge. The word “pledge” has received a negative connotation and as a result, many organizations have chosen to adopt the new title of “member” for the person pledging and “new member education” for the pledge period itself. The ceremony event, however, is still usually referred to as the pledge ceremony. Read the rest of this entry »

What to Expect at Panhellenic Sorority Bid Day

An Alpha Gamma Delta Bid Day Card

With some schools already half-way through their recruitment weeks, many of you have been asking what to expect on Bid Day for Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment.

Bid day is the day that every girl who has been through the complete recruitment process (meaning they have attended every sorority’s recruitment party and been invited back to at least one chapter) receives their sorority bid.

The bid is an actual invitation to join the pledge period of a specific sorority. In most cases, bids are distributed in an envelope, similar to a party invitation. The potential new members open their cards and normally cry or squeal with delight and run (yes, literally run) to their new sorority house. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Stand Out at Rush

With some schools already half-way through their recruitment weeks, many of you have been asking how to stand out during sorority and fraternity recruitment.greek life

Begin by looking at your school’s Greek life website to get an idea of what to wear. You’ll want to dress comfortably so that you can draw on all of your self-confidence. It’s harder to feel self-assured when you’re uncomfortable.

Try to subtly stand out from the crowd. Girls should choose a memorable piece of jewelry or interesting color dress and guys should choose a memorable hat or distinctive colored shirt, Don’t try too hard though, you want to fit in well with their organization.

[Also read What to Wear to Sorority Rush or What to Wear to Fraternity Rush.]

When holding conversations with the members, most are looking for key factors to ensure that you will be an active, contributing member to the organization. They want to know that you are: Read the rest of this entry »

How to Transition to College Greek Life after Pledging

greek for meCongratulations! You made it through rush week, bid day, you’ve pledged, and got yourself to be a full-fledged member of a fraternity or sorority on your campus! At, this week’s guest blogger for, we’re champions of all the benefits the Greek system offers, and are more than simply your sorority apparel and fraternity apparel headquarters – we’re your Greek go-tos! We’re Greeks ourselves, and made the transition from regular ol’ college student life to Greek life, too. It’s not always as easy as you’d think, so read on for ways to make your transition as smooth sailing as possible!

Higher Standard of Ethics

Many Greek organizations are esteemed in rich tradition and have been around for decades, if not centuries! They have a specific mission, goals, and most importantly, a code of ethics. You’ll be expected to ensure your behavior falls in line with these ethics, such as contributing positively to the community, participating in philanthropic events, and upholding high academic standards. Of course, your personality and fun spirit should still shine through; just know that your actions now reflect not only on yourself, but on your fraternity or sorority, too! Read the rest of this entry »

What Happens at Fraternity and Sorority Initiation Ceremonies

Sorority InitiationThis guest post provided by a source who has requested anonymity as they expose one of the most secretive parts of Greek collegiate lifestyle.

After experiencing the new member process, often times fraternity and sorority pledges worry about what lies ahead at the initiation ceremony.

The purpose of initiation is to teach the new members about the significance behind all the organization’s symbols, Greek letters, motto, rituals, etc. It is an explanation of everything incorporated to the organization, followed by a pledging of the members commitment to the organization, its current, past and future members of unwavering friendship, and dedication to the organization’s social, scholastic and moral growth. After a member professes their vows (depending on the organization, vows are recited through a motto or creed, signed in a book, sung through ritual songs, or proven by an activity) the pledge becomes an active member.

The ritual ceremony is universally a huge secret (with the exception of the fraternity Delta Upsilon who has an open initiation), and therefore is different for all organizations. Nationally, however, every initiation is the same within an organization. For example, XYZ sorority at the University of Texas has the exact same initiation as XYZ at New York University, but ABC at the University of Texas does not have the same initiation as XYZ. Since each initiation is the same, the ceremony becomes the binding connection that interlocks each member to the national organization. Often times complete strangers (who find out they’re in the same national organization) will become instant friends for this reason, already having a common bond. Read the rest of this entry »

What to Wear to Sorority Rush

With fall sorority rush just around the corner, along with back to school shopping, many girls are wondering what to wear during the recruitment process.

Here are some college fashion tips I have found to hold tried and true throughout the years:

What to wear to sorority recruitment

What TO wear to sorority recruitment

Begin by looking at your school’s Greek Life website, because sometimes the days of recruitment (especially Panhellenic) are themed and any dress codes for recruitment parties are announced on their websites. You’ll want to dress comfortably, as you’re going to need all of your internal confidence. It can be hard to feel self-assured on the inside when you’re uncomfortable on the outside.

Try to subtly stand out from the crowd. Choose a memorable piece of jewelry or interesting color, it will make the members remember you more. With so many girls, some can get lost in the shuffle. Members tend to remember “the brunette with the black bow head band” over plain Janes. Don’t try too hard though, you want want to appear to mesh well into their organization. Read the rest of this entry »

What to Wear to Fraternity Rush

With fall fraternity rush and back to school shopping approaching, many guys are wondering what to wear during the recruitment process.

Here are some tips I have found to hold tried and true through out the years:

What to wear to fraternity recruitment

What TO wear to fraternity rush

Begin by looking at your school’s Greek Life website website, because sometimes the days of rush will be listed as formal, semi-formal, casual, etc. Be sure to wear comfortable outfits, you will need all of your internal confidence, and sometimes it is hard to feel self-assured on the inside when you’re uncomfortable on the outside.

Try to subtly stand out from the crowd. Choose a memorable hat or interesting colored shirt, it will make the members remember you better because sometimes there are so many guys that some get lost in the bunch. Members tend to remember “the guy with the fedora and aviators” over another guy in an American Eagle polo. Don’t over-do your outfit though, you also want to appear to blend well into their organization. Read the rest of this entry »

27 Frightening and Disgusting Fraternity and Sorority Hazing Tactics

Going through the process of fraternity recruitment and sorority recruitment can be intimidating enough, the idea of “selling yourself” to a group of daunting peers in hopes of social acceptance and life long, unwavering friendship is frightening, then add in the fact that you’re probably a college freshman and have just left home, your pets, your friends and your family, the situation makes me nervous just remembering it.

And yes, hazing does still happen with in the Greek community. Within any culture, traditions will evolve and intensify as the society grows; such is the case with hazing. Hazing started as a way for new members of the Greek organizations to prove their loyalty to the organization they wished to join. With exclusivity of membership, officers in the organizations could request or demand that prospective members prove that they wanted to be apart of the club so badly that they would never tell its secrets, and that they would be an active and contributing member.

Over the years, hazing turned from mere favors (such as delivering requested things on campus, washing member’s cars, baking sweets for members, serenades, etc.) to more intensified requests (buying things for members, doing homework for members, cleaning common rooms of chapter houses, etc.).

Then, eventually, hazing took a dangerous turn when members realized that belittling, embarrassing, and mentally and physically breaking down pledges was an easier way to ensure that only the mentally and physically strongest of the potential new members made it through their recruitment process.

Here is a list of some of the worst hazing cases, viewer discretion is advised: Read the rest of this entry »

30 College Date Party Ideas for a Can’t-Miss Event

One of the most well-known Greek life traditions is the weekly or bi-weekly mixer. A mixer, also known as a social or date party, is when a fraternity invites a sorority to an event just for the two organizations. A private mass date, if you can imagine. There’s definitely a lot of booze and dancing involved.

Normally mixers are parties held at the fraternity house, private events at local bars, comedy clubs, movie theaters, restaurants, sporting events, tailgates, etc. Sometimes they can be lavish events at country clubs, or simple cheap BBQ’s in a park.

Often times the fraternity and sorority will theme their mixers and members will come dressed to the theme. It’s a great way to increase excitement and participation for the event.

If you are planning a mixer here are some great theme ideas:

    • “I’m glad I’m not…”: Dress as something you are not (cheerleader, pregnant, the Joker, a freshman, a fan from an opposing sports team, a nerd, etc.).
    • 80’s prom: Big hair, big sleeves and cheesy music are all you need.
    • Above Par: You’ll need golfing attire like argyle and tweed, and monogrammed golf tees.
    • Anything but Clothes: Dress in anything but clothes (Twister board, a picnic blanket, caution tape, a cardboard box, inner-tube with flippers, etc.).
    • Be my Date: Dress as a date on the calendar (Christmas, Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Gras, Saint Patrick’s Day, 4th of July, Halloween, etc.)
    • Board Shorts & Bikinis: A luau-themed party will be complete with tropical drinks and fresh, bright flowers.
    • Celebrity: Spin this a number of ways – come as your favorite celebrity, have a red carpet Oscar-esque party, or even create the scene for your own tabloid debacle.
    • Come as You are: Last minute social notice, you go in literally what you are wearing when you find out about the event.
    • Cops and Robbers: Have fun dressed as good guys and bad guys, just don’t have the real cops called!
    • Cowboys and Indians: This wild-west theme can include a poker table, sexy fringe and generous portions of good barbecue!

Wild West College Part

  • Decades: Dress as a stylish person from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, or ’90s.
  • Dudes and Dolls: You and your date can dress like a well-known doll (Barbie and Ken, Woody and Jessie from Toy Story, action heroes, Cabbage Patch Kids, etc.).
  • Famous Couples: Go as far back as the romantic Romeo and Juliet, or as recent as the train-wreck Tiger and Elin.
  • Graffiti: Everyone wears white shirts, then have plenty of markers on hand to decorate one another. Ties in well with the 80’s theme!
  • Kentucky Derby: Big, fancy hats, a crisp seersucker suit with a bright bow tie, and a supply of mint juleps will set the scene for this Southern-inspired party.
  • Kindergarten: Recreate your look from the first day of kindergarten, serve finger foods, spiked juice boxes, and try silly games like hopscotch or kickball.
  • Letter S: Build your party around the letter S. Serve sandwiches and shiraz, play sixty’s music or bands that start with S, and dress like something that starts with the letter s, like a sailor, singer, softball player, snowman, Snoopy, shacker, etc.). This can apply to any letter.
  • Masquerade: The ultimate in classic dress-up! Have everyone bring a mask, or have the supplies on hand to make them at the party.
  • MTV: A true rock-star, music video-themed party where everyone’s favorite songs are played and they arrive dressed like MTV stars like Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, etc.).
  • Nautical and Nice: Take a page from the Hamptons and wear nautical attire. That’s boat shoes, plaid shorts and bright Polos for the guys, and bold navy and white stripes against soft khaki shorts for the girls. A crab boil is the perfect dinner to tie the theme together.
  • Neon colors: A perfect excuse to buy glow sticks, black lights, and really tacky lipstick!
  • Olympics: Each couple can represent a different country, play light-hearted games like Bocce, horseshoes, or even volleyball, and serve an array of international cuisine. The torch is a must!
  • Pajama Jam: Sexy or comfy, everyone arrives in their favorite PJs for a cozy party. Have plenty of popcorn and show a movie outside.
  • Peace and Love: Throw-back to the groovy 60’s with a tie-dye or boho look.
  • Red Light, Green Light: If you’re single you wear green, if you’re in a relationship you wear red, if “it’s complicated” you wear yellow.
  • Speak Easy: A sexy, smokey cabaret-themed party inspired by the roaring 20’s.
  • Superhero: Dress like as your favorite comic book or action movie star, like Batman, Wonder Woman, Cat Woman, SpongeBob SquarePants, Captain Planet, etc.).
  • Ties and Tiaras: This black-tie event will show everyone you really can clean-up from your typical campus look.
  • Toga Party: The standard fraternity party, this is a throwback to your Greek roots.
  • What Used to be Cool: Trends from the past like scrunchies, spandex, acid wash jeans, flannel and worker boots, poodle skirts and leather jackets… you get the idea.

If you’ve enjoyed a really creatively-themed party, let us know about it in the comments below!

Sorority and Fraternity Concert Series

Sorority TourThe founders of The Sorority & Fraternity Tour believe “that there is no better social scene than the college Greek community” so they have produced a music tour with sponsors like CRUNK!, iChill, Muscle Milk, Oakley and Vans shoes to bring music legends and new bands to sorority and fraternity houses across the country.

The bands will also give “behind the scenes” storytelling, an opportunity for a more personalized experience with their fans.

This year’s roster includes Silver Medallion, Kelley James, Tyrone James, and Mateo. Ideally created for a sisterhood, philanthropic or bid day event the event can be exclusive to a chapter or open to the campus or Greek community.

The company is looking for campus representatives to help produce a concert at their colleges. provides the advertising materials for the event, but encourages the chapter member to initiate promotional campaigns, build Facebook event pages, Tweet about the event and more,  if they chose to invite non-member guests.

On the night of the concert, the artist or band and their tour manager will arrive two hours before the arranged show time to set-up and play a set of between 60 and 90 minutes each night and then stay to for a meet and greet and to sign autographs. The concerts can be inside or outdoors and the company also sends merchandise tables so fans may purchase CDs and T-shirts.

To invite Fraternity and Sorority Tour to your campus or to apply to be a representative, visit today.


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