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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

Contemplating Apocalypse while Vacationing in Paradise
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Contemplating Apocalypse while Vacationing in Paradise
186 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
It doesn’t get much better than sipping cervezas on the Mayan Riviera. Until you realize "We're doomed." [Read More]
It’s New Year’s Eve! (Unless Somebody Messed with the Calendar)
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It’s New Year’s Eve! (Unless Somebody Messed with the Calendar)
187 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
As a kid Russell Frank asked lots of questions: Why doesn't the new year start on a day that feels like the new year? Speaking of, he writes, "…were you ever bothered by the fact that a new day starts at midnight rather than at sunrise?" [Read More]
 A Christmas Column in Three Locations
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A Christmas Column in Three Locations
188 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Russell Frank's holiday travels started with a damaged bumper. But he isn't sweating the small stuff—a state of mind he attributes to the book on his night table. [Read More]
Dig That Crazy Christmas Music
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Dig That Crazy Christmas Music
189 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Everyone has a holiday ritual. For Russell Frank, it's turning on the electric menorah—along with "Hipsters' Holiday." [Read More]
Take Two Daffy Ducks and Call Me in the Morning
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Take Two Daffy Ducks and Call Me in the Morning
190 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Bad day? Russell Frank offers an instant mood lift: a list of favorite ridiculous movie and TV scenes—the ones that have become part of his family's folklore. [Read More]
Reining in the Woo People: Readers Respond
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Reining in the Woo People: Readers Respond
191 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Russell Frank's coverage of the "Woo People" in State College continues to spark debate. He welcomes the response, but takes issue with its tone. [Read More]
How to Rein in the Woo People, Part II
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How to Rein in the Woo People, Part II
192 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"If we’re serious about reducing the student drinking problem," writes Russell Frank, "the best place to start is by getting students to take school more seriously." [Read More]
How to Rein in the Woo People, Part I
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How to Rein in the Woo People, Part I
193 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Harsher penalties aren't going to stop the drinking problem, writes Russell Frank. His ideas: early classes and compulsory attendance. "One of the dumbest moves Penn State has made," he says, "has been the 'student-centered' shift away from morning classes." [Read More]
From Penn State to the NFL: Football’s Terrible Beauty
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From Penn State to the NFL: Football’s Terrible Beauty
194 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Sure, football is violent. But that isn't why we watch, says Russell Frank. An athlete breaking free of a tackle is "a thing of beauty, as graceful as any choreographed move in the world of dance." [Read More]
Bidding Farewell to an ‘Exquisite’ State College October
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Bidding Farewell to an ‘Exquisite’ State College October
195 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"Even when the calendar flipped to November," writes Russell Frank, "and the last of the Reese’s and KitKat bars disappeared from the trick-or-treat bowl, I found the confluence of cosmic and cultural order oddly satisfying." [Read More]
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