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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-07-09

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City: Berkley
Kudos: Computer Whiz

Rochelle Schwerin, a junior at Berkley High School
and the Oakland Schools Technical Center in Royal
Oak, headed to. Lansing in April to take the grueling
four-hour test for the technical computer application
skills competition. She brought home the gold — first
place — and participated in the national contest
June 25 in. Kansas City, Mo.

How did you get
interested in com-
"I've been work-
ing on computers
since sixth grade,
but only recently
got into wanting
to be a computer
programmer. Now
I'd like to get my
master's in it."

What was the test like and how many people did
you compete against?
"Fifteen people came from all around Michigan
— three from Oakland Technical Center Southeast
— and we competed in Lansing. We had to do
things like fix Microsoft Word problems and trans-
fer them to a PDF file, reconstruct whole
PowerPoint presentations and make a graph in

What do you like about-working with computers?
"I like the technical part of it. I'm amazed at
how the computer, a device in front of me, con-
nects me to the whole world. I can find out about
anything, from news to music. I mostly look up
news and sports on the computer."

What, do you do for fun?
"I love to play basketball. I'm 5 feet 9 inches and
play for the varsity team at Berkley High."

Is computer programming hard for you?
"If you put your mind to it, you can do any-
thing. That's my mentality when I go into things
like the technical field." ❑

— Sharon Zuckerman, staff writer


Know a Doer — someone of any age doing interest-
ing, meaningful things in their life outside of their
job? Share suggestions with Keri Guten Cohen, story
development editor, at (248) 351-5144 or e-mail:

What's New At The Zoo?

Reality Check

never saw animals in the wild. The phrase "to see
the elephant" came into common usage in the
19th century as a way to express the wonder of a
he Detroit Zoo has
young person's first exposure to the vast world
pulled off one of the
beyond his own hometown.
great visual tricks of all
In its day, the Detroit Zoo was regarded as a
time. It has made its
model because many exhibits did not have bars
elephants disappear.
and its animals were seen in a "natural" setting. I
Zoo Director Ron Kogan says it still recall my first visit when the sight of an
is not humane to keep these large
uncaged rhinoceros scared the bejabbers out of
creatures, who roam over a vast
me because I didn't know that it was separated
territory in the wild, confined to
from us by a deep, hidden pit.
such a small area. So they have
But maybe its day is past. After all, we now
been sent off to a preserve and
have the Animal Channel.
will rove in pre-
So if zoos are obsolete, which seems to be
sumed bliss.
the ultimate meaning of the disap-
Kogan's decision is con-
pearing elephants, what should
troversial. Judging from
the city of Detroit do with
'letters published in local
this large piece of land it
newspapers, animal
Iv" owns in Oakland County?
rights activists, most of
One word. -
whom do not live in
Michigan, think it is a
What better way to
brilliant plan while
expand the city's tax base
local residents, who
than putting up homes in a
actually visit the zoo,
hot residential area like
are not happy.
Royal Oak-Huntington
I can see the activists'
Woods? You could also
point, although I am not wild about
include the adjoining city-
people who throw paint on fur coats and protest
owned Rackham Golf Course.
any medical research, however beneficial, involv-
Why, Detroit would be back over a million
ing animals.
population easy. There's probably some deed
Animals should be treated with kindness and
restrictions involved here, but I'm sure the city's
care, and this ethic extends even to those we plan crackerjack legal department could get around
to have for dinner.
those in a hurry. The two suburbs involved might
But Kogan's decision begs the larger question.
not be too happy, either. But this could be a
Aren't all zoos inhumane by their very nature? If
windfall for the hard-pressed Royal Oak School
his logic is extended, shouldn't his own job be
District. More condos mean more kids, after all.
There will be those regressive souls who will
The phrase "pacing like a caged tiger" has
mourn the passing of the zoo. But they must
entered the language as a cliche. Obviously, the
understand that we have evolved to a higher level
big cats aren't happy about being there. So if you
of consciousness and that stuff in Genesis about
wave goodbye to the elephants, why not to the
having dominion over the birds and beasts isn't
lions and tigers and bears, oh my?
to be taken seriously anymore.
Zoos were organized as a source of entertain-
Besides, there's big bucks in condos. They're
ment and education for an urban population that worth their weight in ivory. [11


George Cantor's e-mail address is

Shabbat Candlelighting

"When I was born, my mommy started lighting another Shabbos candle for me because I am so
special to her. Soon, I will be 3 and I will light my own."
— Me _ nucha Polter, 2, Bloomfield Hills
Friday, July 9, 8:53 p.m.
Friday, July 16, 8:49 p.m.

Shabbat Ends
Saturday, July 10, 10:03 p.m.

Shabbat Ends
Saturday, July 17, 9:57 p.m.


To submit a candlelighting inessage,. call Miriam Amzalak of tbe Lubavitch Women's Organization at (248) 548-6771 or e-mail: miriamamzalakl@juno.com

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