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Holly Swanson

Holly Swanson is a State College-based freelance writer. She is on Twitter @statecollegemom and can be reached via email at hollyannswanson@verizon.net.

Articles by Holly Swanson

'Restore the Wins Rally' Offers Supporters Opportunity to Stand up for Joe Paterno
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'Restore the Wins Rally' Offers Supporters Opportunity to Stand up for Joe Paterno
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Holly Swanson
A giant 409 sign (four feet wide, seven feet tall) is the centerpiece of the event. Supporters are invited to sign their names to the sign, which will be delivered to the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. [Read More]
Winston Case Shows Hypocrisy of Media Coverage
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Winston Case Shows Hypocrisy of Media Coverage
53 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Holly Swanson
Many of the same media outlets that previously condemned Joe Paterno and his handling of the Sandusky scandal went out of their way to remind us that Winston shouldn't be judged on what might be false allegations. [Read More]
In Defense of Santa Claus
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In Defense of Santa Claus
55 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Holly Swanson
As a parent, there are few things as wonderful as watching your child's eyes light up when they see all the lights and decorations at Santa's Village. It's exciting to see Santa ride past our house on a firetruck on Christmas Eve. [Read More]
The Tao of Bill O'Brien
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The Tao of Bill O'Brien
57 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Holly Swanson
As one would expect from an intelligent, Brown-educated football coach, both past and present, Penn State has a thinker on its hands. We did not inherit a meathead who sees everything in Xs and Os. [Read More]
A Haunting Experience on Paranormal Tour
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A Haunting Experience on Paranormal Tour
59 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Holly Swanson
We heard knocks from somewhere else in the house in response to our knocks. Muted voices seemed to carry out a conversation in the next room, but it was empty. Footsteps moved on the staircase while we all sat in the parlor. [Read More]
Sandusky Scandal Generates Different Views but Community Should Agree on Ultimate Goal
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Sandusky Scandal Generates Different Views but Community Should Agree on Ultimate Goal
63 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Holly Swanson
Now, almost two years into this fiasco, things have settled down and the smoke has started to clear, but many of the community members who are still paying attention are left with one common feeling — anger. Unfortunately, some of this anger turned inward, with Penn Staters blaming each other for [Read More]
Penn State Board of Trustees Meeting This Friday Brings a Chance to Reunite
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Penn State Board of Trustees Meeting This Friday Brings a Chance to Reunite
65 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Holly Swanson
Dear Board of Trustees members: Knock, knock, knock. It's us ... the JoeBots, the Truthers, or, what I like to call RTP (Rational Thinking People). We've been trying to get an audience with you for almost two years now and you lightly acquiesced by allowing a small number of us a brief [Read More]
Loss of Football Scholarships Puts Student-Athletes in Danger
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Loss of Football Scholarships Puts Student-Athletes in Danger
67 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Holly Swanson
It increases the risk of injury. Fewer players on the sidelines mean less opportunity for substitutions. This increases the likelihood of players on the field sustaining injuries during both the game and practices. [Read More]
If the Truth is Out There, Ray Blehar Will Find It
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If the Truth is Out There, Ray Blehar Will Find It
71 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Holly Swanson
“The Sandusky Scandal is Duke lacrosse on steroids,” he says. Ray cites the wrongful accusations of Captain Hazelwood in the Exxon Valdez tanker spill and Richard Jewell in the Olympic Park bombing as other obvious examples of the media’s rush to judgment. “Of course, Louis Freeh was in char [Read More]
Touring Penn State Campus Segway Style
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Touring Penn State Campus Segway Style
73 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Holly Swanson
I’d like to say it was easy, and it honestly was once I got the hang of it. But it was also intimidating. I was worried that I might hit someone, fall off, or crash. [Read More]
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