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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

Sorry, Not Sorry
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Sorry, Not Sorry
102 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
When I watched the video of Ohio State football coach apologizing for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a recently terminated assistant coach, I was reminded of a phrase that is popular among young people. Sorry, not sorry. [Read More]
What Is Evil?
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What Is Evil?
103 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The abuse and cover-up of the abuse of thousands of children and young adults, often in the name of religion and faith, can only be described as evil. In discussions with friends and families about this violation of trust and faith in the church, I found myself considering the concept of evil. What [Read More]
What I Would Tell My 18-Year-Old Self
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What I Would Tell My 18-Year-Old Self
104 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
At my high school reunion on Saturday, I walked up to a group of women already in conversation, several of whom I haven’t seen for many years. After the hugs and the hellos, one of the women said “We were just talking. We’ll pose the question to you. What would you tell your 18-year-old self? [Read More]
Plastic Straws Are a Small Part of a Much Bigger Problem
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Plastic Straws Are a Small Part of a Much Bigger Problem
105 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
On a recent trip to the southern beaches, I stopped at a fast food restaurant for a break and a snack. They were offering a special on peach-tea-lemonade. As I stood there waiting for my order, I was faced with a values decision. To straw or not? [Read More]
How We Come Together in Times of Tragedy Should Carry Through to Our Everyday Lives
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How We Come Together in Times of Tragedy Should Carry Through to Our Everyday Lives
107 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Like the rest of the world, I was glued to the television. I checked for updates on my phone. I scanned the internet. Twelve young soccer players and their 25-year-old coach, missing for 10 days, were found trapped inside a cave. How have they survived? What is their condition? How will they get out [Read More]
The Invisible Gorilla: We Need to Acknowledge Our Own Blindspots
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The Invisible Gorilla: We Need to Acknowledge Our Own Blindspots
109 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
What if we each agreed to try to “see” beyond our initial snapshot? What if we tried to expand our observations to take in more – not less? Will acknowledging that our vision is sometimes clouded help all of us to see better? [Read More]
How Are We Going to Bring Our Country Back from This Divide?
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How Are We Going to Bring Our Country Back from This Divide?
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
What has happened to dialogue and conversation about our different viewpoints? How did we get to this point of factions and lines in the sand and that we can’t even be friends with people whose views don’t match ours? [Read More]
For Everyone's Sake, Do the Zipper Merge
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For Everyone's Sake, Do the Zipper Merge
113 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
To some people, the zipper mergers are arrogant jerks who jump to the front of the line instead of waiting their turn. To zipper mergers like me, I am just following directions and not wasting time waiting in line. [Read More]
Some Female Faculty Face Sexism from Students and Their Parents
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Some Female Faculty Face Sexism from Students and Their Parents
116 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Gender biases for the ratings of instructors have been accepted for years. The research consistently suggests that female instructors, as well as other instructors from underrepresented groups, are not rated the same as their white, male counterparts. [Read More]
Will the NCAA Do Anything About MSU and the Nassar Case?
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Will the NCAA Do Anything About MSU and the Nassar Case?
118 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Sorry, Michigan State. I’m going to have to disagree. We learned this week that in a letter to the NCAA, legal representatives for Michigan State University acknowledged that at least 25 of the school’s athletes may have been victims sexual abuse by Larry Nassar, but concluded they did not belie [Read More]
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