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Russell Frank

Russell Frank worked as a reporter, editor and columnist at newspapers in California and Pennsylvania for 13 years before joining the journalism faculty at Penn State in 1998. He roots for the Yankees, plays blues guitar and harmonica (badly), bikes and hikes for physical exercise and does The New York Times crossword puzzle for mental exercise. He is, by academic training, a folklorist (Ph.D., UPenn), which means, when you strip away all the academic jargon, that he loves a good story. He is the author of "Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet." His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.

Articles by Russell Frank

Ten Things to Be Thankful For
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Ten Things to Be Thankful For
13 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The steady stream of students makes this place about as recession-proof as a place can be. Rush hours hereabouts are more like rush half-hours. It is now possible to get decent bread, Thai food and locally-brewed beer here. This was not the case back in the 20th century. [Read More]
Happy Valleywood: The Movies
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Happy Valleywood: The Movies
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Maybe a movie isn't the best way to tell the Sandusky story. I say this after a mini-binge: I watched "Happy Valley" at the State Theatre on Friday night and streamed "365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley" on my computer over the weekend. [Read More]
News Flash Re Ash Stash
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News Flash Re Ash Stash
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
This will not surprise anyone in my family. My mother prophetically called me the absent-minded professor when I was a kid. I lost my dad. Specifically, I lost his ashes. [Read More]
And Then Comes the Hangover
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And Then Comes the Hangover
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
One of the things "kids" have to learn about making mistakes is that they're accountable for them. When a football player gets charged with a criminal offense, however minor, on Thursday and then plays on Saturday, the message seems to be, the cops think you did something wrong, but we don't. [Read More]
Bring on the Bambini!
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Bring on the Bambini!
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I'm generally not the artsy-craftsy type but at trick-or-treat time I would be seized by a mad compulsion to make ingenious get-ups. One year I turned a gold shopping bag into King Tut's headdress ... sawing off the head and neck of a plastic dinosaur to use as the cobra on Tut's forehead. [Read More]
Welcome to Alt-State College!
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Welcome to Alt-State College!
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
If only, he says. If only there were more bookstores here, more coffeehouses, more jazz clubs, more galleries, more ethnic restaurants, fewer pizza joints, fewer T-shirt shops, fewer student hangouts, fewer drunks. [Read More]
No Kidding! Nothing Funny About Dangerous Pranks
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No Kidding! Nothing Funny About Dangerous Pranks
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Last week, the Washington Post reported that a Towson University freshman had threatened a "Virginia Tech Part 2" and that Emory University's student government had denounced Yik Yak as "a platform for hate speech or harassment." [Read More]
You Got to Carry That Weight
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You Got to Carry That Weight
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Child molestation really isn't that big of a deal. Or so I gather from the way local law enforcement and the local press have handled the Christopher Lee case. Lee, a Harris Township Supervisor, was indicted last week on federal charges related to trying to entice minors to have sex with him. [Read More]
Greetings from Zombie Nation!
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Greetings from Zombie Nation!
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Among the results of the Penn State Values and Culture Survey was a finding that 85 percent of respondents were proud to be members of the Penn State community. That's an impressive number, but what does it mean? What is everyone so proud of? [Read More]
Not Especially Ready for Some Football
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Not Especially Ready for Some Football
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Think of it as an anthropological experience, I told her, bearing in mind the overarching ethnographic question: What the devil is going on here? [Read More]
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