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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

Why Are Some University Faculty Unionized?
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Why Are Some University Faculty Unionized?
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
With all of the employment legislation and safety regulations in place, unions in 2016 seem to serve a different need than they did in the days of their early formation. With that, I’ve never really understood the public sector unions. [Read More]
Just Because You Can, Does It Mean You Should?
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Just Because You Can, Does It Mean You Should?
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
While I disagree with his decision and believe he could use his celebrity to a better end, I believe that he has the right to do it. It would be frightening to live in a country where people aren’t able to exercise free speech. In my opinion, just because he can, doesn’t mean he should. [Read More]
Catching Up with the Morellis
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Catching Up with the Morellis
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Former Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli and Lady Lion basketball player Adrienne (Squire) Morelli teamed up in marriage and in business. [Read More]
'Trigger Warnings' a Matter of Common Sense and Courtesy
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'Trigger Warnings' a Matter of Common Sense and Courtesy
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Last week, we learned that the University of Chicago community would no longer be providing trigger warnings for students. If you have followed the events of the last several years, you know that students at a smattering of campuses were reportedly requesting trigger warnings in advance of the prese [Read More]
Everything I Need to Know as a Penn State Parent
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Everything I Need to Know as a Penn State Parent
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
With today's start of fall semester at Penn State, I remember fondly the days of dropping off my oldest two as they began their PSU careers. This year, it's their younger brother's turn. My youngest. The not-so-little brother. I find myself holding on a little tighter and, maybe just maybe, doing [Read More]
Parenting Teenagers Requires Consistency and a Good Sense of Humor
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Parenting Teenagers Requires Consistency and a Good Sense of Humor
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I recently mentioned to a friend that we were getting together to celebrate my youngest child's 20th birthday. 'You are no longer the parent of teenagers,' she said casually. Wow. Until she pointed it out, it hadn't occurred to me. I immediately wondered if we should change the theme of the cele [Read More]
Culture Clash
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Culture Clash
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Last week in Ephrata, Pa., a woman stopped her car to videotape an Amish man beating and kicking his horse in the middle of the street. By all reports, the horse had fallen over in the heat while pulling two adult men and a load of watermelons up a hill in a large cart. By the time the police arrive [Read More]
Action Sports Park Would Be Exciting, Beneficial Addition to Centre Region
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Action Sports Park Would Be Exciting, Beneficial Addition to Centre Region
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
If a group of citizens has their way, our area would get a new and exciting recreation feature to augment the amazing scope of community recreation opportunities in the Centre Region -- an action sports park. [Read More]
The Quicksand of Plagiarism
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The Quicksand of Plagiarism
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Once again last week, we got to see a high-profile public figure get caught up in the scandal of plagiarism. [Read More]
Pokemon Go Or Pokemon No?
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Pokemon Go Or Pokemon No?
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Given that my last memories of Pokemon were of my 7-year-old son collecting cards and playing some kind of game with his friend, I figured I had to find out what this new craze is all about. It turns out that, just like anything in life, there are some good and bad things that go along with Pokémon [Read More]
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