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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

Gun Violence and America’s Hard Truth
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Gun Violence and America’s Hard Truth
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In the wake of another unexplained mass shooting in the United States it is time to hear a hard truth. It will anger people on both sides, but that is the point. Most real progress in this country left people on both sides with something to be angry about. As someone who believes in the possibility [Read More]
Lost in the Debate: Reporters' Focus Must Remain on Objectivity and Facts
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Lost in the Debate: Reporters' Focus Must Remain on Objectivity and Facts
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
What is vital in being a journalist is an understanding that their job is to report the stories while doing everything to avoid becoming a story. Social media makes it too easy to cross that line. [Read More]
Penn State-Pitt: This Is A Rivalry
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Penn State-Pitt: This Is A Rivalry
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
What this game lacks in conference implications, it more than makes up for in quality of life implications for two fan bases living side by side every day of the year. [Read More]
Charlottesville: The Ghosts of Centuries Past Threaten Our Future
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Charlottesville: The Ghosts of Centuries Past Threaten Our Future
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
We must not allow hate-mongers to divide people facing similar problems afflicting all of us, across all races in urban and rural communities. Solutions to our common problems must be paramount. [Read More]
The Fierce Certainty of Now: The Drivers of Moral Certainty
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The Fierce Certainty of Now: The Drivers of Moral Certainty
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
What drives the “fierce certainty of now” that threatens this country? On every street in America we’ve picked sides, often driven by the influencers we find in the media, in social media and in our friends. [Read More]
Our Nation’s Greatest Danger: The Fierce Certainty of Now
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Our Nation’s Greatest Danger: The Fierce Certainty of Now
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Fifty years after Martin Luther King's considered call to action, the 'fierce urgency of now' has given way to the 'fierce certainty of now,' divided camps who believe they and they alone know the certainty of the answers for our nation's path. [Read More]
The Unintended Consequences of College Football's New Preseason Camp Rule
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The Unintended Consequences of College Football's New Preseason Camp Rule
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
College football preseason camps open this weekend at schools across the country, but those camps sure aren’t what they used to be. The evolution to a kinder and gentler preseason has been long and deliberate, but major change often triggers unintended consequences. [Read More]
The Trump Trap: Democrats Shouldn’t Take The Bait
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The Trump Trap: Democrats Shouldn’t Take The Bait
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
It is a distraction, plain and simple. The president tweets about Fake News. The president says offensive things on Twitter. Get angry all you want, but it is not a fight that you’ll win. Does anyone believe the president will really suffer any consequences with his own party in control of Congres [Read More]
We the People: Our Future Must Come From Our Past
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We the People: Our Future Must Come From Our Past
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
With the Fourth of July coming next week it is that time of year when people across the country, and around the globe, recall the revolutionary words our nation spoke to the world in its infancy. [Read More]
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
18 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]
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