Sorority Life Fact Or Fiction: Scream Queens’ KKT

If you’ve tuned into new Fall television premieres at all then you’ve probably watched or heard about Scream Queens on Fox. Love it or hate it, there is an ounce of fact and of fiction about sorority life within the heavy social satire it exhibits.

10. Fact: Sorority girls love coordinating their outfits. 

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Everybody knows that the Chanel’s love rocking pastels, jeweled collars, and fake fur and you and your little love wearing matching lettered sweatshirts. Which is basically the same thing. Am I right?

9. Fiction: Less than ten girls live in a sorority house. 

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Normally if you’re in a housed sorority there will be more like 50-80 girls living in the house at any given time depending on the size of the house and the live-on restrictions of your campus. Normally, most girls live in the house their sophomore year with one or two roommates and then off-campus in a house or apartment their junior and senior year. You may live with friends in your sorority or maybe not. You should also consider that some sororities are unhoused and others have designated communities within the dorms. That said, Scream Queens is extremely unrealistic in the sense of the large living and closet spaces the KKT sisters have within their house.

8. Fact: Holiday celebrations are even more fun in a sorority.

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Halloween, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day. You name a holiday and there will probably be a philanthropy event, party, cookie swap, or some other sisterhood activity associated with it.

7. Fiction: Sororities condone hazing and dangerous or demeaning rituals like hell week.

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Contrary to the media, hazing is not a widespread issue in Greek life. Whether you’re looking into rushing a local, Panhellenic, Divine Nine, LGBT+, academic, religious, or service sorority, we all report to councils and/or the greek life headquarters on campus. That said, they do not and we do not condone hazing in any way or form. In fact, we spoil our new members. We give you t-shirts, notifiers, an amazing house to live in, and a family to love not for four years but for life. Sigma Kappa among other sororities even has a philanthropy called RESPΣΚT to celebrate the benefits of sorority membership while condemning hazing and other negative behaviors. They aim to provide anti-hazing, self-esteem, and empowerment workshops, activities, and resources year round.

6. Fact: When your song comes on you drop everything else. 


The Weeknd, Nick Jonas, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj. We’ve all got that artist with that perfect song that we just love to dance to, rock out to, and belt the words out to loudly and obnoxiously. Whether you’re at a function, in the house, or out in public, it is your time to shine.



A Webster’s Meets Urban Dictionary For Greek Life Terminology

Every group has their own kind of lingo, and Greek life is the same in this matter. Whenever I am on the phone with my parents explaining something regarding my life in a sorority, I feel like I have to stop every other minute to explain what I just said. So, for anybody who understand the struggle, I have compiled a list of words and their definitions that are constantly used when talking about Greek life.

We’ll start with the more legitimate terms that are used when talking about Greek life.

Chapter (noun 1:) How to refer to a specific Greek organization on campus. We refrain from calling them a “house,” because many organizations on campuses throughout the nation are un-housed.

Chapter (noun 2:) A meeting every week that individual chapter’s have with their members to talk about upcoming events and announcements. Also known as the most tedious hour of your week.

NPC: National PanHellenic Council. They run the sorority life show throughout the nation.

PHA: PanHellenic Association. These guys focus on sorority life on specific campuses.

IFC: Interfraternity Council. The guys who take care of all of the fraternities on a campus.

MCGC: Multi-Cultural Greek Council. Greek organizations that embrace different cultures and ethnicities on campus.

NPHC: National PanHellenic Council. The Greek community that consists of African American fraternities and sororities.

Gavel: A meeting at which members of every chapter of a specific Greek council join together to talk about their council as a whole and specific chapter’s involvement in the council.

Now that we have covered the important lingo that you should use when discussing different chapters on campus, let’s get into the Urban Dictionary version of this vocabulary lesson, shall we?

Pair: A social function in which a fraternity and a sorority throw down.

Pre-Game: Getting together with a smaller group to drink a little bit before a main event. Or, if you are going to a date party, the place where you get all of your drinking done in a short amount of time so that you have a buzz when you get to the venue.

Quad: A social function in which two fraternities and two sororities join forces and throw down even harder.

Probo: Probation. It can be academic, social or chapter-wide. Whatever it is, you do not want to be on it, because it basically means “sucking the fun out of your college days.”

Shacking: Staying overnight with the person you are hooking up with.

Shack Shirt: A shirt you get to put on over your going out clothes after having shacked with somebody.

Walk Of Shame: The funniest thing to observe, the saddest thing to experience.

Darty: Day-party. When the weather is nice and you just can’t wait to party, you must have a darty.

E-Board: Executive board, also known as the people you do not want to see you acting outrageous at a party, because they will send you home and put you on social probo.

Frat Rat: A young lady who tends to frequent a certain fraternity on campus so often that she practically has a key-code there. She is almost definitely hooking up with/has hooked up with one or more members of the fraternity.

Tier System: An irrelevant invention that declares which chapters are “top” and “bottom.” Synonymous with “does not matter whatsoever.”

Social Climbers: People who care about the tier system too much. Synonymous with “the worst kind of people.”

Browning Out: Not necessarily blacking out, but definitely being unable to remember elements and timeframes of the night.

Blacking Out: What happens when you take that one last shot and the rest is un-remembered history.

Greek Husband/Wife: Your Greek spouse can be somebody you consider your best friend and would never/have never hooked up with.

Pledges: The kids pledging a fraternity that semester. Also known as the people you need to be really, really nice to because the job of a pledge is not an easy one.

Drunk Brunch: Eating delicious brunch food with your sisters the day after a party and you all find out who shacked with who.

Themed-Party: Typically consist of costumes and extra drunken debauchery.