North Central College - Naperville, IL

Campus Lingo

Campus Lingo

"My daughter said that her RA, OL, and FYM all told her she should go to The Cage in WAC for SNAC after the CUAB event."
WHAT?

Welcome to North Central College, where acronyms and abbreviations abound! It may take some time to learn the lingo that your child may be using to talk about his or her college experience. Here is your cheat sheet:

Campus lingo

AHD
Area Hall Director, a live-in professional staff member who is responsible for the safe running of the residence hall.

The BH/Boilerhouse
Rolland Center Boilerhouse Café, a place to study and grab coffee and snacks.

Blackboard
A Web program that faculty members may use to keep students informed of relevant information, course documents and assignments.

CA
Commuter Assistant, an upper-class commuter student who serves as a resource for commuter students and plans events and activities specifically designed to keep commuter students connected to campus.

The Cage
Quick-service dining option in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center (WAC).

Card Access
Type of locking system that requires student ID card for entry. For safety, some buildings or rooms on campus remain locked or are locked at certain times of day. If you need access to the building and rooms and have permission to be in the space, waving a student ID in front of the card access reader will allow you to enter the building or room.

Cardinal Crazies
Not just a t-shirt but a way of life! This term is used to identify the most spirited Cardinal fans as well as the t-shirts that the College Union Activities Board hands out annually.

CardinalNet
A website devoted to gathering and linking online resources, students and community use.

Central Campus
Residential area that includes Seager Hall, Rall Hall, Geiger Hall, Schneller Hall and Student Village.

Championship Plaza
Brick plaza patio area, between Merner Field House and the Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. Championship Plaza is home to pre-game celebrations and other campus events.

Chippy
Nickname of the North Central College Cardinal mascot.

Chronicle
Campus newspaper, published every Thursday during the academic year.

CMaP
Cardinal Marketing and Promotions is a student group dedicated to getting the word out about all of our athletics teams. Annually they provide great incentives to anyone who supports the Cardinals.

Convo
Opening Convocation, the College’s formal and official opening to the academic year or Honors Convocation, the end-of-year formal recognition ceremony and celebration of student academic accomplishments.

Core
Core academic requirements, also referred to as general education requirements; classes every North Central College student must take prior to graduation.

Cross
The sport of men’s and women’s cross country. North Central has won 13 national titles and 44 CCIW championships in men’s cross country and six CCIW conference titles in women’s cross country.

CUAB
The College Union Activities Board, or a student group that provides social programming throughout the year. CUAB hosts events every Saturday night the first nine weeks of each academic term.

D-Term
December Term, the three-week time period after Thanksgiving when students can remain on campus to take a class, participate in a service experience, enjoy the many planned social activities or study abroad.

Dean's List
Honor reserved for full-time students with a grade-point average for the term of 3.6 or higher.

Downtown
Downtown Naperville, located just a few blocks west of campus or Downtown Chicago, easily accessible by train.

Dyson
The Dyson Wellness Center, located in Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, provides health and counseling services to students.

Enactus
This award-winning student organization - formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise -  was established in 1987 to teach how the free enterprise system works. Enactus runs its own business known as NCC's Best, a free- and direct-trade business that markets wares produced in seven countries by entrepreneurs striving to make the free enterprise system work.

Finals
Final examinations for courses take place Monday through Wednesday after Week 10 each term.

Focus
Student-led worship service held at Koten Chapel every Wednesday night.

Fort Hill
Patterson Hall, Ward Hall and the grassy area outside these two buildings.

FYE
First-Year Experience, designed to help you achieve academic success in your first year and encourage a meaningful relationship with your academic advisor.

FYM
First-Year Mentor, a peer leader in your First-Year Experience who will work with you to make your transition to North Central College successful.

GenEds
General Education requirements (also called core courses) are classes every North Central College student must take prior to graduation.

IDS
Interdisciplinary Studies or The Interdisciplinary Seminar is a course designed to prepare you to address complex problems that require input from more than one field.

Jefferson Plaza
Grassy area just north of Seager Hall where you may find students studying or relaxing.

Kaufman (or "K-Man")
Kaufman Dining Hall.

Kindling
The campus humor magazine.

Koten
Koten Chapel located in Kiekhofer Hall.

LAC
Larrance Academic Center.

Late Night Pancake Breakfast
Hosted at 11 p.m. the Sunday night before final exams each term, faculty and staff come together to serve breakfast to students.

LEV
The distinctive Leadership, Ethics and Values program at North Central College. LEV offerings include academic minors and concentration areas, courses and co-curricular programs.

Madden
Bartley and Maricela Madden Theatre is the black-box theatre located in the Fine Arts Center.

Merlin
A Web tool used by the College that allows you to search and register for classes, check your grades and manage your student account.

Merner
The Merner Field House.

Multicultural Student Center
The Multicultural Student Center, located in Goldspohn Hall, Room 28, provides a space for students to gather. This space also serves as a meeting location for several of the multicultural student organizations.

NCTV-17
Naperville Community Television, the local television station that often partners with North Central College and where broadcasting majors begin their trade.

North End
Residential area that includes Kimmel Hall and Seybert Hall.

OL
Orientation Leader, a guide through the Orientation Program who will serve as a resource during students' first days on campus.

The Pond
The Fort Hill Pond is located behind Patterson and Ward residence halls.

PTL
Premier Team Leader, a peer leader in the Premier Scholars Program.

RA
Resident Assistant, an upper-class student living in residence halls who serves as a resource and plans events to help students get to know each other.

Rall Symposium
Held the morning of Honors Day each year in spring term, the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research provides students a chance to present their research projects to peers as well as faculty and staff.

RecSports
Also referred to as intramurals, provides students with the opportunity to compete in traditional and nontraditional athletic activities in a fun and informal setting. RecSports also hosts a variety of fun and motivating fitness classes available to students at no extra cost.

Res/Rec
The Residence Hall/Recreation Center is the newest addition to campus. An environmentally friendly dual complex, it is home to 365 students and a competition-size indoor track and recreation center.

Richter
An independent study grants program that funds research projects for students conducting projects of unusual creativity, merit or scope. Entry into the program is gained through an application process.

SAAC
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee includes representatives from each athletic team and meets to plan events and discuss current issues facing student-athletes.

SAM
Student-Athlete Mentor, a peer leader who assists in the adjustment to life as a student-athlete.

SGA
The Student Governing Association is a group of students who serve as a voice of the student body and support initiatives to improve the college experience.

Shuttle
The free shuttle to the remote parking lot, Fox Valley Mall and Target provides regularly scheduled transportation to all students with an ID.

SNAC
Saturday Nights at The Cage, from 8 p.m. until midnight every Saturday, a time when you can enjoy food from The Cage and games with your friends.

South Side
Residential area that includes Ward and Patterson residence halls.

Swipes
The equivalent of one all-you-can eat meal at the Kaufman Dining Hall. Meal swipes can also be used to eat at The Cage during limited hours. Each residential meal plan consists of a combination of meals (or swipes) and bonus bucks.

The Union
A student-run "venue for social change" featuring live music and events, located off-campus at 129 W. Benton Ave. in downtown Naperville.  Sponsored by the Office of Ministry and Service.

The Nest
The name of our student section at athletic events.

Varsity Course
Required of all first-year student-athletes, the Varsity Course introduces student-athletes to the challenges and opportunities this special population experiences, while preparing them for leadership on and off the field.

Verandah
Verandah experiences are courses designed by faculty members to be personally stimulating for both students and faculty. Operating on a pass/no pass basis, Verandah courses may offer academic credit, without traditional exams, papers or course evaluations.

WAC
Harold and Eva White Activities Center.

Week 10
The last week of the 10-week term, and the week prior to final exams.

Wentz
Wentz Concert Hall is located in the Fine Arts Center.

WONC
WONC-FM 89.1 is the student-run campus radio station, operated out of Oliver Hall.