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12 The Dally Tar Heel ) Wednesday, January
Ben Cornelius, Managing Editor
Ed Rankin, Associate Editor
Elliott Potter, Associate Editor
Laura Scism, University Editor
Keith Hollar, Dry Editor
Tony Gunn, State and National Editor
R.E1D Tuvim, News Editor
Sara Bullard, Features Editor
Chip Ensslin, Arts Editor
Gene Upchurch, Swm Editor
Allen Jernigan, Photography Editor
'Goodbye Dooley': UNC
coach lured by security
No one should be surprised that Bill Dooley last week decided to leave
Carolina to become football coach and athletic director elsewhere.
Dooley, 43, has reached the point in his life where he must want security in
an occupation in which longevity is related directly to the performance of
youngsters less than half his age. Dooley's contract at Virginia Tech is for
five years is football coach and athletic director, renewable for five
additional years as athletic director. His job as football coach will be
reviewed after the first five years. If he's successful with the football program
and progress is substantial within the athletic department, he'll no doubt
I " ' . receive an extended contract after
t; ' " " the first ten years. Should he
v The "Goodbye Dooley" cheers
I subsided with more successful
f seasons, but the coach probably
could imagine more of the same,
particularly if he had a bad season
with good talent. Where would he be
Bill Dooley if he were forced out?
Dooley now is the boss a position he wanted for years. When Homer
Rice left the UNC athletic director post in January 1976 to become football
coach and athletic director at Rice University, Dooley wanted the job. But it
meant giving up his Carolina football position, a sacrifice he didn't want to
Dooley leaves Carolina's program with young talent and a chance for
considerable success in the coming years, but he has done something for
which he must be commended. He has taken a step toward securing himself
in a field where the end of a career is just a losing season away.
Court shatters meetings law
A recent N.C. Supreme Court decision allowing closed meetings of the
UNC law faculty shatters the spirit of the state's Open Meetings Law. That
legislation was passed to promote and insure cooperation between public
servants and those they serve.
The high court ruled against six UNC law students members of the
Student Bar Association who argued that the school was covered by the
Open Meetings Law prohibiting governmental bodies from meeting behind
closed doors. The students filed a lawsuit in April 1976 after they were
barred from a faculty meeting by Robert G. Byrd, law school dean.
The N.C. Superior Court and the Court of Appeals agreed with the
students and ordered the meetings open to the public. The lower courts said
the faculty was a governing body, citing its authority to make policy
decisions such as the establishment of curricula, scholastic standards,
admission requirements and law school size.
But the maiority opinion of the Supreme Court, written by Justice 1.
Beverly Lake, ignores these responsibilities and simply labels the faculty as a
group of employees of the UNC Board of Governors.
Lake does not mention that many of the faculty's decisions largely
determine how and where money taken from the pockets of the state's
taxpayers is spent.
In the minority opinion, the sole dissenter Justice James Exum
expounds clearly on this point: "These decisions by the faculty, we must
remember, are made regarding a school supported by tax dollars. Clearly in
making them the law school faculty is conducting the public's business,
making decisions which affect the public interest and, in short, acting as a
Lake also suggests that any group whose decisions are reviewed by a
higher authority are exempted from the Open Meetings Law. But, as Exum
notes, no recommendation made by the law school faculty has been reversed
since 1963. In effect, the faculty has become a group of important
lawmakers who now can conduct its business under a veil of secrecy.
The Open Meetings Law has been limited dangerously by the decision
made by Lake and the other five justices who ruled against the students. It
should send the General Assembly scurrying to design a new piece of
legislation that can escape the tamperings of the Supreme Court and
maintain an atmosphere of trust between the governing and the governed.
Meanwhile, officials such as Dean Byrd can promote trust and cooperation
by keeping their meetings open.
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85tf year of Bdltorlal freedom
continue only as athletic director
after the first five years, he'll be able
to hire and fire football coaches for
the Gobblers without constantly
feeling the ax against his neck.
Dooley still hears echoes of the
clear cries for his resignation during
a 3-7-1 season two years ago, a
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his team should hnve dnnr hetter
Waikiki besieged by Tar Heels
Carolina fans soak up
By ED RANKIN
HONOLULU - At first glance, the
scene is normal enough. It's late
December, and you're in an arena with
about 6,000 other people watching the
Tar Heels romp to yet another victory in
a Christmas basketball tournament.
But then you wince from the sunburn
on your back, or stroll into the balmy
outdoor "concessions" area for a Mai
Tai or perhaps begin to chuckle as you
start to count the number of UNC fans
decked out in their new, wildly floral
"aloha" shirts. Now you realize that not
only are you 5,500 miles away from
home, but you're watching Carolina
play basketball on a tropical island in
the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It's not
Blue Heaven, but, baby, it ain't bad.
Few of the more than 500 UNC
alumni and friends who journeyed to
Honolulu for the Rainbow Classic to
soak up Tar Heel basketball and
sunshine would argue with that
assessment. Nor would they deny that
the trip would furnish them with
nothing but pleasant memories during
the long, cold winters remaining in their
lives. Oh sure, there was that
unexpected five-hour layover at L.A.
International for the charter from the
Charlotte area (for reasons too long to
enumerate here). But some persons on
this plane found solace in catching a
glimpse of the Captain and Tenille in the
airport and can at least claim firsthand
knowledge that, yes, it can rain in
Southern California. The Raleigh
charter got right in the swing of things
by singing Carolina fight songs and
consuming gallons of liquor provided
by an open bar. These people definitely
were easing themselves into the aloha
Hawaiians have a phrase to describe
their laid-back outlook of life "hang
loose." And it seemed most Carolina
people had little trouble adapting to a
way of life that has two speeds, slow and
A method of self-destruction
By JAMES S PAULDING
With the recent upsurge in public
sentiment favoring the death penalty, a
growing number of critics are going on
the counteroffensive with a claim that
capital punishment may in fact be an
invitation to murder.
William C. Bailey, a sociologist at
Cleveland State University, has
surveyed crime statistics in 42 states and
found that, on the average, more people
kill each other in states that have the
death penalty than in states without it.
This is true, he says, even allowing for
regional, cultural and other differences.
For instance, in 1968 those states
which had abolished the death penalty
experienced an average of 0.21 first
degree murders per 100,000 population.
States with capital punishment saw
nearly three times as many first-degree
murders 0.58 per 100,000.
Roughly the same statistical spread
holds up for second-degree murder,
homicides and total murders.
The explanation, say Bailey and
others, is that capital punishment offers
certain types of deranged personalities
an acceptable means of suicide.
The death penalty "becomes a
promise, a contract, a covenant between
society and certain ... warped
mentalities who are moved to kill as part
of a self-destructive urge," says Dr.
Louis Jolyon West, head of the
department of psychiatry at UCLA.
West claims that capital punishment
"breeds more murder than it deters."
"These murders," he says, "are
discovered by the psychiatric examiner
to be consciously or unconsciously
an attempt to commit suicide by
committing homicide. It only works if
the perpetrator believes he will be
executed for his crime."
West says he knows of cases in w hich
"the murdered left an abolitionist (non
death penalty) state deliberately to
commit a meaningless murder in an
executionist state, in the hope of forcing
society to destroy himn."
Gary Mark Gilmore, who was
executed Jan. 17, 1977 by a firing squad
in Utah, is often cited as an obvious
example. Some of his prison
psychiatrists said Gilmore sought out
his own death by murdering two young
men in senseless, execution-style
slayings. Following his conviction,
Gilmore demanded the death penalty be
carried out despite the many objections
of his attorneys.
West cites other examples:
In 1965, a Texas farmer walked
into a roadside cafe with a shotgun and
blasted to death an Oklahoma truck
driver he had never seen before. He said
later, "1 was just tired of livitm."
very slow. Hawaiians disdain the hustle
bustle of the Mainland. You go their
speed or you don't go at all, but your
arm doesn't exactly have to be twisted.
Most UNC alums had downshifted
noticeably after only a day. Of course,
most of these were seen armed with
drinks like Blue Hawaiis, Mai Tais,
Chee Chees and Tropical Itches to speed
Someone, however, forgot to passthe
word to the basketball team to "h-ang
loose." The Heels jumped to big leads in
all three games of the Classic and never
were seriously threatened. Not that the
Carolina fans there expected anything
different. Any fears about the strength
of the tournament's field were quashed
by a Hawaiian escort on the bus from
the airport to the hotel two days before
the Rainbow Classic began. "Yeah, I
guess you will be celebrating pretty big
on Friday night (championship round).
Everyone knows you have this thing
wrapped up." It's the kind of line that
would make Dean Smith cringe but was
music to the ears of weary travelers who
didn't fly twelve hours to see their Tar
Heels lose in the first round.
Everyone found different ways to
amuse themselves during the day .Some
visited the other islands, others just
sprawled on Waikiki and many sat
around pool bars and imbibed. One
alumnus, Hugh Morton, opted against
the mundane and for the spectacular.
The former Daily Tar Heel
photographer owns Grandfather
Mountain and promotes many of the
hang gliding events there, Morton
decided that his first hang gliding
experience would not be off his own
mountain but from the top of a 6,000
foot peak on Oahu's East Shore. He flew
tandem for 40 breathtaking minutes
before coming to a soft landing on the
white beach below. Never say that UNC
alums are not hardy souls.
Most of the group chortled with glee
about North Carolina's frigid weather
In 1964, a lifer in an Oklahoma
prison escaped and went on a spree of
violence. After he was recaptured he
petitioned the court to have himself
electrocuted, complaining that the state
had gone back on its word three years
before when he pleaded guilty to a
murder but was spared.
In 1958, James French killed a
motorist who gave him a ride in
Oklahoma. He asked for the death
penalty, but his public defender
successfully pleaded for a life sentence.
Later, in state prison, he deliberately
strangled his cellmate.
According to West, "During a
psychiatric examination in 1965 French
admitted to me that he had seriously
attempted suicide several times in the
past but always 'chickened out' at the
last minute." (Gilmore also attempted
suicide while in prison, apparently
afraid his execution would be further
"French's basic motive in murdering
his inoffensive cellmate," West said,
"was to force the state to deliver to him
the electrocution to which he felt
entitled and which he deeply desired."
In 1966, French became the only
person to be executed in the United
States that year.
Many psychiatrists have long
observed the intimate relationship
between murder and suicide. West said
UNC alumnus Hugh Morton took time
gliding off Oahu's East Shore. Photo by
as they basked in a warm Hawaiian sun.
But it was over too soon. It is always
that way in paradise. Tar Heel travelers
now grappled with the disagreeable
thought of sipping Primo beer or eating
their air-shaped pineapples as the only
ways to relieve that aloha spirit. And,
for the deranged
that in England nearly half of all
murders are followed by suicide
attempts, of which two-thirds succeed.
Thus, about one-third of all murderers
in England kill themselves.
In Denmark, some 40 percent of
murderers kill themselves.
Dr. Bernard L. Diamond, a
psychiatrist at the University of
California at Berkeley, says the
relationship has been known to exist for
at least 200 years.
He cites a Danish law dating from
1767 that provides there should be no
capital punishment for "melancholy and
other dismal persons" who murder "for
the exclusive purpose of losing their
Diamond said that a man he
examined at San Quentin Prison in 1959
the day before his execution confessed,
finally, that the reason he murdered
three women was "for the express
purpose of dying by legal execution."
The same convict told a state
investigator ' that he had twice tried
suicide before the murders, "but lacked
the guts." He agreed to talk to Diamond
the day before the execution only on the
condition that the execution be carried
"It took three murders and an
attempted fourth to complete his
suicidal mission," Diamond later wrote
in a psychiatry journal.
off from the Rainbow Classic to go hang
unfortunately, that is simply not the
next best thing to being there,
Ed Rankin, a senior history major
from Concord, N.C, is associate editor
for the Daily Tar Heel.
"I asked him what he would have
done," Diamond said, "if California had
had no capital punishment. He
answered, 'I would have had to gotf
another state where they did have
capital punishment and do it all
Diamond concedes that if capital
punishment is eliminated, such people
still might seek death in other ways, such
as a shoot-out with police. For them, he
says, suicids is difficult, if not
Despite the statistics, advocates of the
death penalty remain convinced that it is
an effective deterrent. California state
Sen. H. L. Richardson, founder of Gun
Owners of America and a leading
advocate of the death penalty, says that
"to deny the deterrence of the death
penalty is to deny all cause and effect.
"Every man has a right to his own
mental aberrations, and these
psychologists and sociologists are no
different than anybody ele,"
But Diamond and his colleagues
counter that for every murder that
might be prevented by capital
punishment, at least as many more will
This column was provided courtesy of
the Pacific News Service.