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powering. It is his impressive
knowledge of international issues that
shows students he means business.
"You have to listen very carefully
through the whole three hours of class
because he is saying important things,"
h said one of Nincic's students, LSA
junior Rick Magder.
"I DON'T KNOW too many
"professors who can talk for three hours
,,non-stop I respect him for having the
knowledge to do that," Magder said.
Nincic excels in lectures because he
knows enough facts to tackle real issues
instead of sticking solely to abstract
,theories, added LSA senior Dayne
Myers, who is also in Nincic's class.
By understanding both the theory and
concrete problems, students remember
what they learn, Myers said.
Nincic's teaching style "teaches you
more thanany other class. I wish every
professor did the same thing," he ad-
ded..
BUT NINCIC abates the praise and
4 instead says his courses are intense
because of tne subject matter, not his
teaching. The nuclear arms race and
national security issues demand a sen-
se of urgency that evades other -cour-
ses.
"It's difficult to give students an
urgent feeling about cellular biology,"
said Nincic. "But when you are dealing
with questions of prosperity and pover-
ty, or security or insecurity, or life or
death, it is somewhat easy to do."
Nincic says filling his lectures with
current examples not only keeps class
interesting for students but also main-
tains his own enthusiasm.
UNLIKE SOME professors who lec-
ture from the same yellowing notes
year after year, Nincic writes each
week's lecture during the plane ride.
"I take what I teach seriously and I
choose topics simply because I am in-
terested in them: I don't think one could
teach well if one is teaching something
that he isn't personally interested in,"
he said. '
A genuine fervor for learning and his
openess to a variety of viewpoints
distinguishes Nincic from most
teachers, according to his colleague
and friend Jerrold Green, a political
science professor.
"NINCIC IS one of the last true in-
tellectuals," said Green. "He's not

cience prof flies to class

The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 2, 1983 - Page 9
Andropov may surface
at Parliament session

peddling anything."
And he will be greatly missed next
semester, said Political Science Prof.
Lawrence Mohr. "I'm sorry to lose
him. We all are."
Nincic's $14,000 salary for teaching the
course more than covers his travel
costs. but he says commuting has
been a strain.
HE USUALLY spends the weekend in
Ann Arbor with his wife, who works in
Detroit, and his 12-year-old son, before
returning to New York Monday mor-
nings.

'I don't know

too

many
who
three
stop.'

y professors
can talk for

hours

non-

- Rick Magder
LSA Junior

NINCIC'S WORK and what he
teaches students points out that arms
buildup often times is a result of a
country's economic planning cycles
and not necessarily a strategic threat to
another nation.
Yet the public, and the governments
of both the U.S. and the Soviet Union
tend to overlook economic issues in
national security problems and view
events too narrowly, Nincic said.
Tunnel vision about national security
issues increases the likelihood of
military confrontation, he said.
RASH ACTIONS such as invading
Grenada are harmful because they
legitimize the use of violence, Nincic
said. He said such actions warrant
public criticism but the public doesn't
know enough about international issues
to be critical.
People are naive about foreign af-
fairs and many are too occupied with
short-term concerns to understand the
potential consequences of international
events, he said.
"We have to understand that things
which we don't see in the streets, in our
homes, in our workplaces or which we
don't read about in our local papers are
nevertheless things which will affect
the way we will live tomorrow - as
much or more so whether we are going
to live tomorrow," said Nincic.
IN HIS classes, Nincic tries to give
students the necessary tools for under-
standing such vital issues that have
very few - if any - evident answers.
"The most you can do is provide
students with the tools to think," said
Nincic. "If you are dealing with issues
that have no obvious answers the only
way to grapple them is to think ac-
tively."
Most students, however, are ac-
customed to more pragmatic education
where answers are readily available.
The most vital issues that face students
and the U.S. today have no answers, but
require knowledge to be understood.
That responsiblity lies with the
education system, but Nincic said he
isn't optimistic that American schools
can fulfill that role.
"Our education system is just too
pragmatic. One which teaches people to
only establish very proximate causal
links in their own destiny and the world
around them," he said.

MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet Union
announced yesterday that its
Parliament will meet Dec. 28 and
Western diplomats speculated that
President Yuri Andropov will preside.
Andropov has not been seen in public
for 104 days.
As head of the Presidium of the
Parliament, Andropov's presence is
considered mandatory. His reap-
pearance could provide the first solid
evidence on the state of the 69-year-old
leader's health as well as give an in-
dication of how firmly he holds power.
During his absence, there have been
rumors that Andropov was seriously ill
and questions have been raised about

An dropor
.. expected to lead Parliament

who is running the country.
The announcement by the official
Tass news agency and the government
newspaper Izvestia did not mention
Andropov, saying only: "The
Presidium of the U.S.S.R. Supreme
Soviet has decided to convene the ninth
session of the 10th U.S.S.R. Supreme
Soviet in Moscow on December 28."
But Western diplomats and Iast
European sources speculated thatthe
announcement of the session was
delayed until yesterday because An-
dropov's health was doubtful before
then, and that now it was likely the
Soviet leader will attend.

i i i

Nincic, who has taught at the Univer-
sity since 1977, said he is not leaving out
of dissatification with the school, but
said he wants to return to New York
where he grew up.
Both of Nincic's grandfathers and his
father were among the founding
diplomats of the United Nations and as
a child Nincic bounced back and forth
between Belgrade, Yugoslovia and New
York.
Despite his family's involvement
with international issues, Nincic says
his interest in political science
developed independently.
After receiving a bachelors degree in
political science in Brussels and a doc-
torate from Yale University, Nincic
went on to do research, including his
most famous work on the economic af-
fect on the arms race.
"Nobody has ever taken the pains or
had the creativity to demonstrate those
issues as (Nincic) did with data," said
Mohr.

'U' student jailed for missile protest

(Continued from Page 1)
Several minutes after the Ann Arbor
protesters were arrested, five anti-
-Cruise Missile activists from
"-Milwaukee paraded-up-to the plant with
a full-sized model of a Cruise Missile.
The five sat down beside the replica
-blocking traffic entering the plant.
SHERIFF'S officers surrounded the
' group, and after a small delay to cut a
chain with which one protester had
fastened himself to the effigy, carted
them off to be booked.
Because those arrested yesterday
defied the court injunction, all were
arraigned on charges of contempt of
court along with trespassing and con-
spiracy to commit a misdemeanor.
Members of the Ann Arbor protest
group chose to stay in jail rather than
post bond, according to Janis Michael,
spokesperson for the Michigan Alliance
for Disarmament.
SOME OF those arrested requested
Mbail because of poor conditions at the
akland County jail; which has been
illed beyond capacity.
'~Garrigues, convicted of 'contempt
ednesday, was arraigned on criminal
respass charges yesterday, which
:carries a maximum penalty of 30 days
',in jail and/or a $50 fine; and conspirac-
y to :commit a misdemeanor, which
"could bring her one year in jail or a
$1,000 fine.
Garrigues and Ringo, who arranged
to get incompletes for all their fall

classes, said they plan to remain in jail.
Ringo said she would probably be "twid-
dling my thumbs a lot."
She said she was frightened to go to
jail, but felt she must take action.
Though a long-time peace activist,
Ringo said the missile plant only 40
miles from Ann Arbor - "In my own
back yard" - inspired her to action.
"What finally outweighed the risk in
going to jail was the risk is not doing
it," Ringo said. "The Cruise Missile is a
gigantic step in escalating a nuclear

war."
At Williams International, it was
"business as usual," according to Dave
Jolivette, Vice President of Public
Relations for the corporation. he also
said that "We respect their rightsfor
peaceful demonstrations," but that the
company has an obligation to protect
the rights and beliefs of its 1400 workers
at the Walled Lake site.
Jolivette declined to say whether
there was discussion of the protests
within the plant.

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