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Patty Kleban

Patty Kleban is an instructor at Penn State, mother of three and a community volunteer. She is a Penn State Alumna. Readers of State College Magazine voted her Best Writer of 2010 and 2012. She and her family live in Patton Township. Her views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State.

Articles by Patty Kleban

The Difference Between 'Creative' Writing and Lying on Your Resume
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The Difference Between 'Creative' Writing and Lying on Your Resume
6 days ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Throughout history, there have been some famous impostors. People who misrepresented their employment history or educational background in writing or in person and were able to slide by unnoticed – for at least a little while. [Read More]
Corman Got it Right
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Corman Got it Right
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The fight to keep the money local helped unpeel the onion skin -- revealing the questionable path the NCAA walked to arrive at some dubious decisions. In the end, someone over there at the NCAA decided it might be a good idea to settle. [Read More]
Je Suis Charlie
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Je Suis Charlie
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
When a politician sugar coats a message or a comedian tones down a joke because of fear, what do we sacrifice? Most important, who gets to make the decision? [Read More]
It's 'Time' for the Start of the New Year
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It's 'Time' for the Start of the New Year
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
At an average estimated life span of almost 79 years in today's United States, we have almost 41,522,400 minutes. Time is going to catch up with all of us eventually but it is our attitude about time that makes the difference. Starting now, I'm going to unplug, turn off and tune in. [Read More]
The Sandusky Gift That Keeps on Giving
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The Sandusky Gift That Keeps on Giving
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The new legislation likely means that the majority of the thousands of people who volunteer across Pennsylvania and the agencies that need them will spend time, money and energy to prove that they are fit and those who seek to harm children will find ways around the background checks. [Read More]
There's Nothing Funny About Comedy's Censorship
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There's Nothing Funny About Comedy's Censorship
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
To quote Oscar Wilde, "I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself." Does anyone else see the problem with letting a communist dictator censor what we do and say in these United States? [Read More]
From Pit Bulls to Poodles (and Almost Everything in Between) It's Rarely All or Nothing
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From Pit Bulls to Poodles (and Almost Everything in Between) It's Rarely All or Nothing
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The unpredictable nature of the human species, however, suggests there is hardly ever an ALL without at least a couple of exceptions. I remember my high school health teacher telling us "you will get pregnant every time you have sex." [Read More]
Grading on the Fairness Scale, A Lesson on Equal Treatment
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Grading on the Fairness Scale, A Lesson on Equal Treatment
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I have had a lifelong hypersensitivity to fair treatment. I am, after all, a middle child. People get angry and frustrated when they perceive that others are given an unfair advantage on the basis of race or gender or ability/disability or other characteristic. [Read More]
Us Versus Them and the Search for 'We'
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Us Versus Them and the Search for 'We'
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
No indictment. Forensic evidence, as well as conflicting and inconsistent witness testimony, including testimony by some who had not previously made their accounts public, reportedly supported the police officer's version of the events that summer day. [Read More]
A University With a Culture Problem
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A University With a Culture Problem
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
From the Ivy League to community colleges, sexual assault has become epidemic on college campuses. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 1 in 5 women will face either an attempted or successful sexual assault during her college experience. [Read More]
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