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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

Welcome to Alt-State College!
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Welcome to Alt-State College!
1 day 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
1 week 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
2 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!
3 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
4 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]
Can Craziness Be Calibrated?
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Can Craziness Be Calibrated?
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
That was exactly how much confidence I had in my own judgment, even when I was hitchhiking from New York to Colorado or experimenting with Schedule 1 drugs or rollicking into Chinatown from Queens so we could split a platter of Crabs Cantonese for $3.25. [Read More]
So Much for Teachable Moments
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So Much for Teachable Moments
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
If not for the economic fallout, I almost think it would have been better to pull the plug on the football program altogether – the so-called death penalty – just so everyone could have seen that there is, indeed, life after football. [Read More]
Good Times in NYC: A Great Parking Spot, Then Rapture in Central Park
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Good Times in NYC: A Great Parking Spot, Then Rapture in Central Park
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
This is what artists do for us. They're seers in the most literal sense. They see and by sharing their vision with us, they remind us to see. We are awakened to the beauty of the world. [Read More]
Situation Normal: Death, Assaults, Vandalism
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Situation Normal: Death, Assaults, Vandalism
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
If anything, the NCAA's broad-brush punishment of the entire football program has caused fans to dig in their heels: The team needs to be supported and celebrated more than ever. And what's a celebration without copious amounts of alcohol? [Read More]
I Had to Destroy the Tomato to Serve It
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I Had to Destroy the Tomato to Serve It
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Thus did a grateful world receive the phrases "It slices! It dices!" and, "But wait, there's more!" Why, without these marketing blitzes there would have been no Dan Aykroyd hawking Bass-O-Matics on "Saturday Night Live." [Read More]
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