More colorful than computer language, and infinitely more practical, Georgia Tech’s special social vocabulary is yet another tradition that unifies the Tech family and sets Tech apart from other schools. Study this glossary, and after a few days, you will be able to understand Tech upperclassmen and all their buzzwords.
THE BRIDGE – The 5th Street Bridge that extends the Tech campus into Midtown Atlanta; the bridge is mostly used to walk to and from Technology Square.
THE BURGER BOWL – The grassy area behind West Campus dorms and opposite the Tech police station where Greek Week events take place and rugby games are played. It is the former site of a Burger King.
CA – Community advisor; student staff member on each floor of non-Freshman Experience residence halls.
CAMPANILE – Large fountain in the center of campus outside the Student Center.
CRC – The Campus Recreation Center; sometimes refers to Stamps Field behind the CRC where intramural sports are played.
CHAPTER – Meeting held once a week (usually on Wednesday) by all campus sororities and fraternities; also refers to the Tech branch of a national organization.
CLICKERS – The personal remote controls used in lectures and Q&A sessions that instantly transmit students’ answers to the Personal Response System (PRS). They can be used for in-class polls, attendance checks, discussions, and quizzes.
THE COMMONS – Refers to the collective areas of the Student Center in which students hang out, study, shop, and eat.
D-DAY or DROP DAY – The last day to drop a course without penalty.
DEAD WEEK – Last week of classes before final exams.
EAST – Refers to the east side of campus, which is home to seven traditional residence halls, the Brittain Recreation Center, North Avenue Dining Hall, and the East Campus Quad.
THE FLAG BUILDING – Smithgall Student Services Building, which houses the Dean of Students Office and many others. The lobby contains flags of every nation represented in the Tech student body.
FLUSH LETTERS – The dreaded letters of rejection from prospective employers. Rejection may also be referred to as “getting flushed,” as in “I just got flushed!”
THE FOUNTAIN – Fountain in front of the Library.
GPA, OVERALL – Cumulative grade-point average. “My overall is 3.4. I’ll do better next year.”
GOING GREEK – Used to describe anyone who is pledging a campus fraternity or sorority.
THE GOOD WORD – To Hell with Georgia!
THE HILL – Refers to the area around Cherry Street, near the Tech Tower and the Carnegie Building. Also used as a general term for members of the administration. “Wonder what the Hill thought about this year’s Ramblin’ Wreck parade!”
HOME PARK – A neighborhood off 10th Street where many Tech students reside.
THE HOUSE – The living or meeting quarters of a fraternity or sorority. “We have a meeting at the house tonight.”
JACKET GUARDIAN – a new safety initiative launched on Tech’s campus in 2011 that uses cellphone technology to help Georgia Tech Police locate and assist students in emergency situations.
JUNIOR’S – A popular, on-campus dining spot that was part of the Tech tradition for forty years; it closed in 2011.
KEEP THE “T” IN TECH – a campaign started by the Student Government Association in 2011 to discourage students from stealing the “T” off Tech signs and property.
MA TECH – The cherished name used by Tech students and alumni as the personification of Georgia Tech.
NASA, SST, or THE DISH – The Space Science and Technology Building. A huge satellite dish is propped in front of it. SST is the more popular reference.
THE ’NIQUE – Nickname for the Technique, the student newspaper.
NORTH AVE. – Refers to the residence hall community located on the south side of campus on North Avenue; also could refer to the North Avenue Dining Hall, which opened in 2011.
OSCAR – Online Student Computer Assisted Registration. An online listing of courses offered each semester.
PCS – Printing and Copying Services. The printing office, located at 811 Marietta Street, is where students can get photocopies of their class notes.
PL – Peer leader. A student staff member for each unit in Freshman Experience residence halls.
THE P.O. or BOX – The campus post office in the Student Center. “I’m on my way to check my box.”
PETERS PARK – Parking deck on Bobby Dodd Way that has tennis and basketball courts on top of it.
THE QUAD – The academic quad located on West Campus where the Instructional Center is located.
RATS – The traditional term used for freshmen.
TECH WALKWAY – The walking path next to the Skiles Building, formerly known as Skiles Walkway.
STINGER – A bus that runs throughout campus and surrounding areas.
STINGERETTE – A shuttle that provides on-campus transportation by reservation.
THE THRILLERDOME – The Hank McCamish Pavilion, formerly known as the Alexander Memorial Coliseum, is Tech’s basketball complex. The complex is currently undergoing renovation. It is also referred to as “the Coliseum.”
THE TOWER – The Administration Building tower embellished with “TECH” in gold and white neon letters.
T-SQUARE – An online teaching, learning, and collaboration software used in some Tech classrooms.
THE V – The Varsity drive-in restaurant on North Avenue. Home of the “naked dog” and F.O. (frosted orange). Also known as “The Greasy V.”
WEST – Refers to the west side of campus, home to five co-ed freshman residence halls, Woodruff Dining Hall, the Campus Recreation Center, and the Burger Bowl.
WHAT YEAR ARE YOU? – The length of time a student has attended Tech; “I’m a third-year” (instead of traditional academic years such as freshman, sophomore, etc.).
THE WHISTLE – The steam whistle that blows to signal class changes at five minutes before each hour. It also blows whenever Tech wins a home football game.
WOODY’S – A nickname for the Woodruff Dining Hall.
WORD – A general term for any type of information, such as old quizzes or finals that may be helpful for surviving any professor’s course. All students can ask their professors for word.