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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

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
6 days 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
2 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'
3 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
4 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]
Facing Down Fear and Having the Courage to Act
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Facing Down Fear and Having the Courage to Act
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Penn State President Eric Barron will review the Freeh report in light of concerns that continue to be raised by Penn State alumni and which seem to be underscored by what we are coming to learn was behind-the-scenes collusion by Mr. Freeh, the NCAA and the Big Ten. [Read More]
Is NCAA a Victim of Groupthink? Examining a Flawed Decision-Making Process
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Is NCAA a Victim of Groupthink? Examining a Flawed Decision-Making Process
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
What are the conditions by which a group of seemingly educated and intelligent professionals in collegiate athletics would collectively decide that it is okay to use Penn State's "embarrassment" as rationale for their overreach? Social scientists call it groupthink. [Read More]
With Media Blitz in Full Swing, It Must be Election Season
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With Media Blitz in Full Swing, It Must be Election Season
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
With almost all of the people running for office making promises about what they will and won't do with our tax dollars, it's unsettling to watch them spend so much money trying to get our vote. [Read More]
How Do We Save Them?
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How Do We Save Them?
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Watching the clips from the surveillance tapes that were shown on the news in the hours and days after her disappearance, my thoughts were "she could be one of ours." [Read More]
NCAA President Mark Emmert and His Legal Team
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NCAA President Mark Emmert and His Legal Team
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I'm picturing a large, expensive conference table in a law office in some big city high rise. I see a bunch of lawyers, with legal pads, helping to prep Emmert for the possible questions that might come up in a deposition. [Read More]
'Trophy Generation' Students on Collision Course With Reality
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'Trophy Generation' Students on Collision Course With Reality
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
We photograph and videotape their every move, insist they were the best on the team and tell them "you are special" while shielding them from any possible bump or bruise lest it damage their inflated sense of self. [Read More]
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