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Russell Frank

Russell Frank is a member of the journalism faculty at Penn State. His columns for Statecollege.com won first place in the Commentary-Non Daily category of the Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Chapter 2017 Spotlight contest. A collection of his columns from the past 20 years, titled “Among the Woo People: A Survival Guide for Living in a College Town," will be published this fall by the Penn State Press. Before launching his academic career at Penn State in 1998, Frank worked as a reporter, editor and columnist at newspapers in California and Pennsylvania for 13 years. 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

One Day at the Zombie Apocalypse Poultry Auction
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One Day at the Zombie Apocalypse Poultry Auction
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
On Wednesdays in Belleville, you can get yourself setup for the poultry business and at the same time prepare for the coming zombie apocalypse. [Read More]
What We Have Here Is a Failure of Leadership
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What We Have Here Is a Failure of Leadership
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I recently heard former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice bemoan Americans’ cynicism and distrust when it comes to politics and politicians. Can she blame us? President Trump is only a culmination. Decades of hypocrisy and sleaze softened us up. [Read More]
From PSU to NYU to UVM: A Commencement Road Trip
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From PSU to NYU to UVM: A Commencement Road Trip
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Allow me an exhale of deepest parental satisfaction: I’m just back from watching the youngest of my three children take his place among his sisters as a holder of a college diploma. Woo-hoo! [Read More]
And This Was the Leadership Fraternity
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And This Was the Leadership Fraternity
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
They call themselves “Men of Principle.” They say their “reputation for high standards and accountability is second to none” because of their “commitment to academic excellence, leadership development, and a zero tolerance policy for hazing.” [Read More]
And So Ends Another Year in the Real World
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And So Ends Another Year in the Real World
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The idea of the university as Ivory Tower, as bubble, as rarified space, impervious to the malign forces of the outside world, exerts a stubborn hold on the popular imagination. But it has always been the ideal, never the real. [Read More]
Prime Time for Lyme
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Prime Time for Lyme
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I tell you all this by way of warning. The Health & Wellness Center is seeing more people for tick bites than for anything else thus far this spring. One way to avoid ticks, of course, is to stay out of their habitat. But if you’re like me, that is not an option. [Read More]
They Should Have Done More
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They Should Have Done More
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Telling Jerry Sandusky not to bring kids to campus anymore wasn’t enough, writes columnist Russell Frank. Telling him to seek counseling wasn’t enough. Telling the guy who ran Sandusky’s charity wasn’t enough. [Read More]
Deux Nuits à Paris: A French Farce
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Deux Nuits à Paris: A French Farce
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Some tourists visit the Eiffel Tower. Some go to Nôtre Dame. Some order wine at a sidewalk café and try to look French. I had done all those things on previous trips. This visit would be different. This visit, I would spend my first day in Paris plunging a toilet. [Read More]
Huzzah for the Enemies of the People
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Huzzah for the Enemies of the People
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I strongly suspect that the only stories Trump dismisses as fake news are the warts-and-all reports about Trump himself. [Read More]
The Detox Is Over. Let the Detox Begin.
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The Detox Is Over. Let the Detox Begin.
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Imagine: At 24 days, Michael Flynn’s tenure as national security adviser was shorter than my detox diet. Who’s next? Having survived without bread, coffee, alcohol, etc., I’m totally ready to go no-Conway, no-Pruitt, no-Perry, no-Puzder. [Read More]
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