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Open initiation gives students insight into fraternity life

Delta Tau Delta will be hosting an open ceremony Tuesday night to give students an inside look into fraternity life.

The ceremony, “The Right of Iris,” is the only open initiation for the University greek life.

Beau Slater is a member of Delta Tau Delta, and was the guide for ceremonies for two years.

“The Right of Iris is a public pre-initiation for Delta Tau Delta,” Slater said. “It is a preparation for the actual initiation for members but we invite others to watch the ceremony.”

There is a private initiation after the “Right of Iris” exclusively for members of Delta Tau Delta to watch, said Slater.

“We do the Right of Iris so we can teach others that aren’t affiliated with fraternities and sororities what ceremonies are like,” Slater said. “It is also an opportunity to talk about rituals and relate to other greeks.”

Senior Damon Barnett is also a member of Delta Tau Delta and said the history of the “Right of Iris” is from the origins of the fraternity.

“The main reason we do the Right of Iris is Delta Tau Delta merged with the rainbow fraternity in 1886,” Barnett said, “and we do the ceremony out of respect for the rainbow fraternity so their traditions don’t die out.”

Slater agrees with Barnett about the history and reasons why they joined.

“Rainbow and Delta Tau Delta merged because they wanted to strengthen their numbers in the fraternity,” Slater said.

The “Right of Iris” is a ceremony Slater enjoys performing and watching.

“I love the Right of Iris,” Slater said. “It has a lot of symbolism and talks about what it means to be a man.”

The ceremony will take place in the Union Theatre at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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