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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

Russell Frank: Of Politics, Pastry and Point Guards
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Russell Frank: Of Politics, Pastry and Point Guards
126 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Only Jeremy Lin can fill the TV void left by the rivalries, lies, grandiose statements and phony expressions of piety -- last gasps, all, of a bygone era, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: 50 Ways to Leave a Message: A Columnist Culls His Wardrobe
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Russell Frank: 50 Ways to Leave a Message: A Columnist Culls His Wardrobe
127 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
ANCIENT STATE COLLEGE, Feb. 24, 2512 — Archeologists sifting through the ruins of this town site in Central Pennsylvania have unearthed an extraordinary trove of clothing from the turn of the 21st century. [Read More]
Russell Frank: THON (Jekyll) vs. State Patty’s (Hyde)
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Russell Frank: THON (Jekyll) vs. State Patty’s (Hyde)
128 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
It’s Jekyll-and-Hyde time here in the land formerly known as Happy Valley. This week, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (Jekyll). Next week, State Patty’s Day (Hyde), Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: So Many Opinions, So Few Facts
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Russell Frank: So Many Opinions, So Few Facts
129 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
There's no time for discussion anymore, Russell Frank writes. Opinion seems to be the only thing that matters, regardless of the facts. [Read More]
Russell Frank: We've Got to Get Ourselves Back to the Garden
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Russell Frank: We've Got to Get Ourselves Back to the Garden
130 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"And what qualifies corporate types to call the shots at an institution of higher learning, anyway?" Russell Frank asks. "You don’t see too many academics on the boards of the corporations, do you?" [Read More]
Russell Frank: When the News Becomes the News
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Russell Frank: When the News Becomes the News
131 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Recent examples in the media have made reporters become the story — never a good thing, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: The Weekend Worrier Throws Caution to the Winds
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Russell Frank: The Weekend Worrier Throws Caution to the Winds
132 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Russell Frank takes a humorous look at how his family and friends' health mishaps can come in the least likely of ways. [Read More]
Russell Frank: This Is Your Brain in Cyberspace
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Russell Frank: This Is Your Brain in Cyberspace
133 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Internet overload is melting our brains and keeping us indoors, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: We Are Beautiful, Willful, Cranky and Magic
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Russell Frank: We Are Beautiful, Willful, Cranky and Magic
134 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Holiday travels have allowed Russell Frank to cross paths with people from all walks of life. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Farewell to a Dark Year
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Russell Frank: Farewell to a Dark Year
135 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
As the year ended with tragedy and sadness in State College, Russell Frank memorializes lost loved ones and asks all to provide comfort to those who need company. [Read More]
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