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Russell Frank

A collection of Russell Frank's columns, titled “Among the Woo People: A Survival Guide for Living in a College Town," is available from the Penn State University Press. His columns for StateCollege.com won first place for commentary in the 2019 Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Chapter Best in Journalism contest. The winning columns: The Women’s March: Notes from New York, It’s Time to Change the Script and Mixed Messages at Bellefonte High. Frank is a member of the journalism faculty at Penn State. Before launching his academic career, he worked as a reporter, editor and columnist at newspapers in California and Pennsylvania. He is, by academic training, a folklorist (Ph.D., UPenn), which means, when you strip away the academic jargon, that he loves a good story. His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.

Articles by Russell Frank

Greetings from Greece!
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Greetings from Greece!
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
THESSALONIKI, GREECE – My first morning here, I awoke at dawn to Homer’s wine-dark sea — if the sea in question were a rosé. Twelve hours later, it was the sky that was pink, the sea a darkening sapphire. [Read More]
Doing the Ellie-Nellie Two-Step
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Doing the Ellie-Nellie Two-Step
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I am giddy with granddaughters. There’s Penelope, a year old already, and now there’s Elleka, born last week. I managed to see both of these precious ones last week, which took some doing. Elleka lives in Vancouver. Penelope lives in Boulder, Colo. [Read More]
The Rites of Fall
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The Rites of Fall
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
As entrances go, Jeff Brown’s was the grandest. Brown stormed into his first-year seminar with his phone to his ear, barking something along the lines of, “If you flunked the class, you flunked the class. There’s nothing I can do about it.” [Read More]
Sweet Hospitality
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Sweet Hospitality
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
In my next life I’m going to be a bed tester. I have slept in 15 beds this summer and I’m not done yet. By the end of September, I may sleep in as many as eight more. [Read More]
More American Madness
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More American Madness
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
If you watched the debates last week you might have noticed that gun control was hardly even a topic. The debates took place before the shootings in El Paso and Dayton – but after the shootings in Gilroy. Only two and three days after. [Read More]
Summer of ’69: The Moon, the Mets and a Camp in the Poconos
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Summer of ’69: The Moon, the Mets and a Camp in the Poconos
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The summer Neil Armstrong walked on the moon was an awkward time for me. I was too old for camp and too young for Woodstock. [Read More]
California Dreamin’ in Philly International
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California Dreamin’ in Philly International
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
As W.C. Fields never said, I spent a week in Philadelphia the other night. [Read More]
Primates, Pom-Poms and Penn State
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Primates, Pom-Poms and Penn State
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Scanning the inventory of one of the 19 Little Free Libraries in the State College area during a recent evening stroll, I zoomed in on the title that to my Mad Magazine-marinated brain warranted closer inspection: “The Cheese Monkeys.” [Read More]
Climate Crisis? What Climate Crisis?
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Climate Crisis? What Climate Crisis?
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The news media’s fixation on the words and deeds of the person in the White House means that if the president is silent about the most pressing issues of our time, the journos fall silent as well. [Read More]
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