Going Greek: A Guide to Sorority and Fraternity Terminology and Symbolism

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Lavalier

A necklace or charm of a fraternity that is given from a fraternity brother to his girlfriend, symbolizing his commitment to her. It also symbolizes the acceptance of the chapter. A man typically gives his girlfriend a lavalier prior to their engagement. It is considered a very special, sentimental gesture by both the fraternity and the girlfriend if she is in a sorority.

Pinning

This is where a fraternity brother “pins” his girlfriend with the badge of the fraternity, symbolizing his long-term commitment to this person, and most likely a precursor marriage. This is a time-honored tradition and symbolizes that a brother views his girlfriend in the same, if not higher regard, than his fraternity brothers. At times, this isn’t always met with acceptance by the brothers of the fraternity but it also denotes the sacrifice and commitment a brother makes to his chapter.

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By Laine McKenna

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