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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

Making the Grades
Column
Making the Grades
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
If I were king of the forest I would streamline Penn State’s grading system thus: Good, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory. That’s it. Three grades. I’d certainly scrap those hairsplitting pluses and minuses. [Read More]
Water You Waiting For?
Column
Water You Waiting For?
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The first time I went to Ricketts Glen State Park, I wondered what took me so long. Why hadn’t I heard of it sooner? Why wasn’t it world famous? The park is a waterfall freak’s paradise. It has 22 of them and you can see them all on one 7.2-mile trail loop. [Read More]
This May Be the End for Bernie, But Not for His Message
Column
This May Be the End for Bernie, But Not for His Message
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I almost skipped the Bernie Sanders Show in Rec Hall this week. Candidates are notoriously late arrivers and I didn’t relish waiting hours just to hear my fellow Brooklynite tell me the rich are getting richa and the poor are getting poora. I’m glad I went. [Read More]
Meanie Saves Baby Squirrel, Ruins Reputation
Column
Meanie Saves Baby Squirrel, Ruins Reputation
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Hey, I reasoned, it’s a crow-eat-varmint world. Survival of the fittest. Let nature takes its course. Next morning, though, I saw that the varmint was still alive and looking none too bright-eyed or bushy-tailed. Forget evolutionary biology, the food chain, the law of talon and beak. This was a jo [Read More]
A Mother Dies Without Seeing Her Son Go Free
Column
A Mother Dies Without Seeing Her Son Go Free
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Nalini Vedam died on Saturday, still holding on to the hope that her son -- sentenced to life in prison 30 years ago for a murder he maintains he did not commit -- would some day be exonerated. [Read More]
In A Way, We Are All Bergdahl
Column
In A Way, We Are All Bergdahl
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Like the war in Afghanistan itself, the case of Bowe Bergdahl has been a mess from the start, writes Russell Frank. [Read More]
Beware of ER Nurses Bearing Tales
Column
Beware of ER Nurses Bearing Tales
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
As a folklorist, Russell Frank is sometimes in the unenjoyable position of telling friends their great "true" stories are works of fiction that have often been making the rounds for years. [Read More]
In the Spring, an Old Man’s Fancy Turns Lightly to Thoughts of Dust Bunnies
Column
In the Spring, an Old Man’s Fancy Turns Lightly to Thoughts of Dust Bunnies
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
My household celebrated the arrival of spring in depressingly middle-aged fashion. Instead of dancing with the daffodils, we waltzed with the vacuum cleaner and shimmied with the sponge mop. [Read More]
Wanted: 469 Legislators. Must Play Well with Others.
Column
Wanted: 469 Legislators. Must Play Well with Others.
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
While news media seems to be all presidential politics all the time, how much have you heard about the looming battles for control of Congress? The relevance of the Congressional races to the presidential race, which has been on full boil for months, should be obvious. [Read More]
The Badda Boom, Badda Bing Presidency
Column
The Badda Boom, Badda Bing Presidency
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Columnist Russell Frank explores the fascination with and popularity of Donald Trump. [Read More]
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