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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

Public Ridicule Going Viral, It's Shameful
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Public Ridicule Going Viral, It's Shameful
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The advent of the internet has made it easier to engage in shaming. How many of us have looked at the People of Walmart pictures? Those unusual photos often show obese people who are dressed in outrageous (and perhaps staged) outfits with ridiculous hair styles or other peculiar characteristics. [Read More]
They Don't Mean Me
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They Don't Mean Me
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Grandma Verna never met a rule she couldn't break. The tales of Grandma driving her station wagon across a farm field to pick up what she thought was her runaway collie (which actually turned out to be a cow) or of the time she talked a cop into stopping a parade to let her through are legend. [Read More]
Fear of Flying Pales Next to Suicide Statistics Fear of Flying Pales Next to Suicide Statistics
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Researchers at MIT have suggested that people are 19 times safer in an airplane than in a car. Perhaps the statistics we should be concerned about are those that track the alarming suicide rates in today's culture. [Read More]
The Fraternity Facebook Scandal: What Will They Tell Their Mothers?
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The Fraternity Facebook Scandal: What Will They Tell Their Mothers?
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
When we find one in which the group dynamics are such that the focus is going along with the group instead of doing what is right socially, legally and morally, there should be a zero tolerance policy. No probation or warnings. The group should be gone and the members expelled by the university. [Read More]
Missing Homework and the Stress That's Breaking Our Children
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Missing Homework and the Stress That's Breaking Our Children
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Youth activities from dance to sport to music have become about coaches, tryouts, competitions and "you aren't good enough." We have to help our kids get off the hamster wheel of stress that is killing the spirit – and some of the lives – of the upcoming generation. [Read More]
Women's Day and a Call to Action
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Women's Day and a Call to Action
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
When I think of that cross stitched motto that my grandmother made for my first office, I feel empowered and confident. I want the same for my daughters and for the mothers and daughters across the world. [Read More]
The Celebrity Addiction to Fame, A 'Pitiful' Issue
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The Celebrity Addiction to Fame, A 'Pitiful' Issue
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It isn't an awards show without Kanye West stepping on stage to put his name out in front of the real winner. His in-laws, the notorious Kardashian family, have made an industry out of bad press. Miley Cyrus. Lindsay Lohan. A fading actress or actor is "shocked" by the release of a sex tape. [Read More]
The Rainmaker is You, Navigating the Hazy Maze of Health Care Coverage
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The Rainmaker is You, Navigating the Hazy Maze of Health Care Coverage
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
When we stopped in Virginia for dinner, the swelling in my daughter's face had spread down from her forehead to the bridge of her nose, her eyelids, her cheeks and her lips. We began to worry about the swelling potentially impacting her ability to breathe. [Read More]
TV and the Ruination of Civilization
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TV and the Ruination of Civilization
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
There are shows about people preparing for doomsday, others who were "naked and afraid" or some who were just naked and dating. There are shows about men with a handful of wives, families with more kids than a football team, little league football players and one infamous single Mom. [Read More]
Credibility is Critical Issue in News Reporting
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Credibility is Critical Issue in News Reporting
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
How many times have we been in a meeting or at a party and we think "this person has no idea what he or she is talking about?" This week, the prevaricator in question is NBC news anchor Brian Williams. [Read More]
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