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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

From PSU to NYU to UVM: A Commencement Road Trip
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From PSU to NYU to UVM: A Commencement Road Trip
6 hours 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
Column
And This Was the Leadership Fraternity
2 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
4 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
6 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
8 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
10 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
12 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.
14 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]
Ten Days That Have Shaken the World
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Ten Days That Have Shaken the World
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Columnist Russell Frank offers one observer’s takeaways from the Dawn of the Donald. [Read More]
Bye Bye Barry, We’re Gonna Miss You So
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Bye Bye Barry, We’re Gonna Miss You So
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
By the time you read this column the presidency of Barack Obama will be ticking down to its last 48 hours. For some this is cause for celebration. I’m among the mourners. [Read More]
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