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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

Battle of the Bamboo
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Battle of the Bamboo
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I'll be frank (so to speak): I don't like chainsaws. It mostly has to do with the fact that I am morbidly noise averse, though I also find it entirely too easy to picture a chainsaw separating me from various important body parts as easily as a knife goes through room-temperature butter. [Read More]
When the Hurly-Burly's Done
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When the Hurly-Burly's Done
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
A functioning fraternity might have abided by the Interfraternity Council's ban on "daylongs" (all-day outdoor parties in Woospeak); members of a suspended fraternity felt no need to follow an IFC directive, so, if anything, life in the Woolands has felt even more out of control. [Read More]
The Amazing Disappearing Student
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The Amazing Disappearing Student
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Five-alarm sex, eh? That's pretty awesome, all right. We will probably continue to have instructors who, for grading purposes, don't care if they ever see their students' bleary mugs as long as their charges submit passable work. [Read More]
5,805 Characters About Baseball
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5,805 Characters About Baseball
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Baseball has always been a numbers game. It's not that I don't see the value of numbers. Reminds me of a mock sports report George Carlin used to do: "Here are some scores from around the league: 3-2, 6-0, 7-3, 4-1, and here's a partial score, 5." [Read More]
This Is Your Lucky Minute
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This Is Your Lucky Minute
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I am pleased to report that almost all the drivers on Atherton Street obeyed the section of the motor vehicle code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that requires them to halt the forward progress of their vehicles at red lights. The one that did not stop missed me by an eyelash. [Read More]
What's a Matzo?
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What's a Matzo?
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"Uh, you know how I just asked you about Jewish crackers?" I muttered. "Jews don't celebrate Easter." I doubt the kid heard me. Just as well. I didn't want to give him a hard time. He probably was on customer-friendly autopilot when he wished me a happy Easter. [Read More]
April (and May and June and...) Fools!
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April (and May and June and...) Fools!
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"Stop breaking my heart! People are dying. Our hope is for war to end. This does nothing to hasten peace. You are wasting precious time and energy that could be devoted to worthy causes, not sophomoric pranks. Though laughter is good medicine, your brand of "humor" is a poisoned pill." [Read More]
Apples vs. Icebergs: Who's Right?
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Apples vs. Icebergs: Who's Right?
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
If 144 members and former members of a fraternity are entertained by a Facebook page that displays photos that never should have been taken, that too, suggests, if not a culture of rape, then certainly a culture that condones the mistreatment of women. [Read More]
The KDR Scandal: Who's Naked Now?
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The KDR Scandal: Who's Naked Now?
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I know this sounds like victim blaming: It isn't the women who should have to alter their behavior; it's the men. But I'm thinking in practical terms: Women can change the social dynamic at Penn State starting this weekend ... [Read More]
Do We Need a Weatherman? Do We Need a Weatherman?
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Bill Ayers is a retired professor of education at the University of Illinois and, by most accounts, a well-regarded scholar. But to State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, a wild-eyed radical Ayers was, and a wild-eyed radical he shall always be. [Read More]
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