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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

Newsflash: Raucousness and Rudeness Rile State College Residents
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Newsflash: Raucousness and Rudeness Rile State College Residents
186 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The latest neighborhood nuisance isn't on the sidewalk wearing a cocktail dress; it's in the sky, about to poop on your head. Perhaps, Russell Frank surmises, the crows are the students. [Read More]
Wintry Mix: The Column
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Wintry Mix: The Column
187 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
As Russell Frank greets another winter day, his mind wanders. “If we look up from the headlines…,” he writes, “there is always some loveliness.” [Read More]
An Invitation to Dance with the Daffodils
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An Invitation to Dance with the Daffodils
188 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
In the last few years Russell Frank has rediscovered poetry—and its ability to provide meaning and comfort when news writing falls short. [Read More]
Contemplating Apocalypse while Vacationing in Paradise
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Contemplating Apocalypse while Vacationing in Paradise
189 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)
190 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
191 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
192 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
193 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
194 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
195 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]
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