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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

Election 2016: Hashtag Nation and the Presumption of Guilt
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Election 2016: Hashtag Nation and the Presumption of Guilt
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Society separates into social media silos of like-minded people seeking instant sources and judging as legitimate only narratives that reinforce our confirmation bias. The biggest emergent social media weapon has been the #Hashtags used by both sides. [Read More]
Penn State-Ohio State: Youth Will Be Served
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Penn State-Ohio State: Youth Will Be Served
22 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
This game features a young team just a few years removed from NCAA sanctions of scholarship reductions and a bowl ban. A junior quarterback leads their spread offense along with a young running back that ranks among the Big Ten's leading rushers. The team I am talking about is Penn State right? Act [Read More]
An Ode to Homecoming and College Football
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An Ode to Homecoming and College Football
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Homecoming is a time to recall our time in college but it is more than that. There is magic in the air for alums and students alike. Homecoming unites us in memories with classmates but also in moments familiar to alumni across decades who walked the same ground. [Read More]
More 2016 Poll Watching in Big Ten Country
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More 2016 Poll Watching in Big Ten Country
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Polls…polls..polls….It seems all we hear about in 2016 are polls. Just a few weeks after Labor Day weekend kicked off the 2016 college football campaign the early results for the Big Ten look good. [Read More]
Stories from the Heyday of the Penn State-Pitt Rivalry
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Stories from the Heyday of the Penn State-Pitt Rivalry
28 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
From the biggest games to the surprising coda to Joe Paterno and Jackie Sherrill's heated battles to the many moments of grudging respect, Jay Paterno shares an insider's view of a once fierce intrastate rivalry. [Read More]
The Ghosts of Campus Past Will Be Formed by Present Actions
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The Ghosts of Campus Past Will Be Formed by Present Actions
30 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Without the daytime bustle of students and professors hustling from place to place, campuses take on a different feel in the evening. A quiet campus evening also has the powerful presence of ghosts, of history at an institution that was here long before us and will last long after we've gone. There [Read More]
Guido the Groundhog, a Beagle Puppy and What They Teach Us about Ourselves
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Guido the Groundhog, a Beagle Puppy and What They Teach Us about Ourselves
32 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The world’s artificial human calendars skew our sense of time, detaching us from the natural world’s rhythms. [Read More]
Voting Your Conscience
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Voting Your Conscience
34 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
To have a vote and do anything other than vote your conscience is an affront to all those through American history who paid the price to secure the right for all. [Read More]
An Open Letter to Sally Jenkins
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An Open Letter to Sally Jenkins
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Jay Paterno answers Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins' call for former Penn State coaches to speak up. [Read More]
The American House We Live In
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The American House We Live In
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
There is a song that I heard many years ago that I think about from time to time, particularly on July 4th weekend. The song The House I Live In was made famous by Frank Sinatra. It is wonderful for its universal simplicity invoking imagery of places found to be in almost every town in this country. [Read More]
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