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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

The Fierce Certainty of Now: The Drivers of Moral Certainty
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The Fierce Certainty of Now: The Drivers of Moral Certainty
3 days 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
1 week 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
3 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
5 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
7 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
9 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
11 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
13 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
15 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
17 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]
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