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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

Sweaters for Penguins Prove the Power of Internet
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Sweaters for Penguins Prove the Power of Internet
62 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Dana set up a Twitter account and in less than a week had over 2,700 retweets. The #SAVEJOSH Facebook page jumped to more than 20,000 likes and over a million views. [Read More]
Suing My Parents, Why it's 'No' Way to Go
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Suing My Parents, Why it's 'No' Way to Go
63 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I wonder how many times a young woman who sues her parents for money heard the word "no." Telling a child no is as important to their future success as making them eat vegetables, insisting that they be respectful to siblings and checking homework. [Read More]
The Making of an American Hero
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The Making of an American Hero
64 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
A career Marine. A soldier wounded and also stricken with malaria on Guadalcanal. One of the youngest Battalion Commanders in WWII history. Wounded again at Iwo Jima. Wounded again in Korea. Commander at Guantanamo Bay during the heat of the missile crisis. [Read More]
Sometimes I Just Don't Get It
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Sometimes I Just Don't Get It
65 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I don't understand tenure for public school teachers and or labor unions that protect poor performing employees. I don't get legal marijuana, illegal immigration, discrimination, or the debate about global warming. [Read More]
Going With the Herd a Recipe for Disaster?
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Going With the Herd a Recipe for Disaster?
66 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I was most surprised by the President's disdain for Fox News. At several points in the interview, President Obama made references to Fox News and what he seemed to believe to be unfair or unrelenting badgering about the IRS scandal, Benghazi or the Affordable Care Act. [Read More]
It's a Question of Loyalty
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It's a Question of Loyalty
67 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I have a tendency to stick by the people I care about. I get disappointed when coaches leave to go to the NFL or friends I've known for 20 years say mean things about me and it gets back to me. [Read More]
Utah Incident Reminds Parents There is no Free (School) Lunch
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Utah Incident Reminds Parents There is no Free (School) Lunch
68 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The administrator instructed a worker to take the lunches from the kids and to throw them in the garbage. (Food safety regulations prohibited giving the lunches to another child.) The children who had their lunches trashed were given milk and a piece of fruit instead. [Read More]
When it Comes to Student Safety, Are Balconies Really the Problem?
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When it Comes to Student Safety, Are Balconies Really the Problem?
69 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
In the on-line comments and calls to talk radio, there is the inevitable call to seal off the balconies in all of the downtown apartments. At the risk of sounding cynical, are balconies really the problem? Maybe we should make gravity illegal while we are at it. [Read More]
Ethnic Intimidation Case Brings Back Memories of 'Twinkie Defense'
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Ethnic Intimidation Case Brings Back Memories of 'Twinkie Defense'
70 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I laughed out loud last week when I saw the headline that said "Attorney: Student Accused in Ethnic Intimidation Unaware of Swastika Meaning." [Read More]
Questioning the School District's Use of BMI in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity
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Questioning the School District's Use of BMI in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity
71 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I'm not an expert in nutrition, exercise science or bio-behavioral health but I'm going to have to take off my running shoes to count on my fingers and toes the number of ways that this mandate is silly. [Read More]
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