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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

Derek Jeter: The End of an Era
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Derek Jeter: The End of an Era
23 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
I'm a sucker for sports goodbyes. In 2005 I watched Jack Nicklaus cross the Swilcan Bridge at St Andrews then birdie his last-ever British Open hole. I'll always remember Michael Jordan's last shot as a Chicago Bull. Tuesday night was one of those moments. [Read More]
American Exceptionalism Comes in Recognizing All of Our History
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American Exceptionalism Comes in Recognizing All of Our History
25 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Our country is a product of all the people and all the history that is and has been here. Immigrants, slaves and free men and women all brought a stone to build our "City on the Hill". Some stones are scarred with painful memories but they are often the strongest because they are dearest to us. [Read More]
Echoes From The Past
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Echoes From The Past
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In the back of the room Joe Paterno was howling, probably laughing harder at himself than anyone else in the room. But Greg couldn't see that. After the skit he found me because he was nervous and sweating. He didn't realize that Joe was going to be in the room ... [Read More]
The Summer Reading List
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The Summer Reading List
29 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In school I read because I had to get a good grade. There was no passion for the works I was assigned to read. That changed somewhere in Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms" as Frederic and Catherine rowed across a lake to Switzerland. [Read More]
Memorial Day and the Price of Freedom
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Memorial Day and the Price of Freedom
31 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
While we enjoy a three-day weekend that has become the unofficial start of summer, take a moment and think beyond what you want on your hamburger. Memorial Day may mark the mental transition to long sunny days, but it should mean more. [Read More]
Big-Time College Athletics, A Tale of Two Cities
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Big-Time College Athletics, A Tale of Two Cities
33 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Within three years each Big Ten conference school will receive nearly $45 million annually from television rights. That's before they sell a single ticket, hot dog or jersey featuring the number of the team's most popular player. [Read More]
Vote is Crucial to Future of Our Schools and Community
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Vote is Crucial to Future of Our Schools and Community
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Visiting State College High School they see facilities designed in the mid-1950s. They see students crossing the street when classes change; they see buildings in need of major repairs. What they see brings two words to mind "antiquated and outdated". [Read More]
Farewell For Now
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Farewell For Now
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
I want to leave you with a column on a growing trend across this state that stands to benefit Penn State over the long run. It attracts the interest of young people who by and large are highly-motivated, organized, great students and interested in service to others. [Read More]
A Different Approach to State Patty's Day: THON Appreciation Day
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A Different Approach to State Patty's Day: THON Appreciation Day
44 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Start with a parade that includes all the groups involved in THON. Invite the dancers and Four Diamonds Families to ride in the parade, giving those children another happy day in their battle against cancer. The parade will bring families and people downtown. [Read More]
Unions for College Student-Athletes a Question of Fairness
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Unions for College Student-Athletes a Question of Fairness
46 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Every major sport in this country has unionized. Given the huge popularity of big-time college sports the time may be right to face the reality. This is not about getting paid or stipends. It is about fairness. [Read More]
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