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Jay Paterno

State College native and Penn State graduate Jay Paterno is a father, husband and political volunteer. He’s a frequent guest lecturer on campus and at Penn State events and was the longtime quarterbacks coach for the Nittany Lions. His column appears every other Thursday. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JayPaterno

Articles by Jay Paterno

No Easy Answers, but Don't Cast All of Greek Life in a Negative Light
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No Easy Answers, but Don't Cast All of Greek Life in a Negative Light
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
This spring, in response to a tragic story, the Greek life system at Penn State has justifiably come under scrutiny. The discussion has even escalated to question the very need for and existence of fraternities and sororities at Penn State. On the face of it, it is easy to render judgment when we se [Read More]
Divisiveness, Hate Are Not the Path to Our Future
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Divisiveness, Hate Are Not the Path to Our Future
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The past may be a great teacher, but in 2017 history’s lessons resonate only to the most open-minded. As more and more minds close to each other, on the horizon a storm of growing, violent intolerance is blowing, threatening America’s most sacred values. [Read More]
The Politics of Scandal
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The Politics of Scandal
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Tuesday was primary day in Pennsylvania and we were reminded of our civic duty to vote for positions from judges, to register of wills to district attorney. But this week that was just a footnote as political events spiraled more and more quickly out of control. Once again we found ourselves in a na [Read More]
Dreams for Restoring Senior Week and One Commencement
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Dreams for Restoring Senior Week and One Commencement
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Once again we in Happy Valley find ourselves about to be under siege in what is always a final chaotic weekend of the school year. The onslaught is upon us. For those who enjoy the slower pace of summer life here this is the storm before the calm. [Read More]
Dan Rooney: A Big Life Lived Quietly
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Dan Rooney: A Big Life Lived Quietly
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Mr. Rooney was a man of his generation, and as more and more giants pass each day, we’d all do well to learn from their lives. Whether you knew him or not, even from a distance you could learn from him. [Read More]
Trout Season Is So Much More Than Just the Catch
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Trout Season Is So Much More Than Just the Catch
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In April we realize that we are so lucky to live in Centre County amid some of this nation’s great trout streams. Go a few miles in any direction and you hit Spring, Spruce, Bald Eagle, Penn’s, Pine, Elk, and Fishing creeks, and one known simply as “The Little J.” [Read More]
Oh What a Night
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Oh What a Night
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
For Penn State Coach Guy Gadowsky, Saturday's story began six years ago. [Read More]
The Other National Zoo Has Turned Into a Circus
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The Other National Zoo Has Turned Into a Circus
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Most of my adult life I’ve tried to remain analytical and fair, but everyone has their limits. For many of us in this country, the political show in Washington has now crossed that limit. [Read More]
An Extraordinary Life Cut Short Still Offers One More Lesson
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An Extraordinary Life Cut Short Still Offers One More Lesson
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Sometimes in life we’re blessed to meet people of the rarest quality. Sunday we lost one of those people when Darryl Hammond died at age 50. But in his life he gave us the realization that our truest measure is the impact we make on others. [Read More]
Judge Not the 'Snowflakes'
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Judge Not the 'Snowflakes'
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Older generations have always judged succeeding generations as failing to measure up to the standards that their own had to meet. Today is no different, but now we have a condescending label to lob at today’s youth: “Snowflakes.” [Read More]
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