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Russell Frank

Russell Frank is a member of the journalism faculty at Penn State. His columns for Statecollege.com won first place in the Commentary-Non Daily category of the Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Chapter 2017 Spotlight contest. A collection of his columns from the past 20 years, titled “Among the Woo People: A Survival Guide for Living in a College Town," will be published this fall by the Penn State Press. Before launching his academic career at Penn State in 1998, Frank worked as a reporter, editor and columnist at newspapers in California and Pennsylvania for 13 years. He is, by academic training, a folklorist (Ph.D., UPenn), which means, when you strip away the academic jargon, that he loves a good story. His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.

Articles by Russell Frank

A Swell Birthday
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A Swell Birthday
47 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
A line from a poet I'm fond of floated into consciousness as I clapped an ice bag to my left leg over the weekend. "I've gone back to the old ways of defeat," wrote Richard Hugo, "the softball field, familiar dust and thud." [Read More]
A Brutal Beginning
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A Brutal Beginning
48 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
It sounds like a cop show plot, but it isn't. This was the account of a Penn State professor's death as relayed to us from the local police via the news media. This was real. This was here. This was last week. For those of us who work in Penn State's College of Communications, this was our collea [Read More]
McCurry at the Palmer: Go
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McCurry at the Palmer: Go
49 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
A smiling man carries a sewing machine through floodwaters that come up to his chin. A turbaned man covered in green powder is borne by a large group of turbaned men covered in red powder. These are some of the photographs on view at Penn State's Palmer Museum of Art through Sept. 18. [Read More]
News for New Profs: Sorry, You're Just Not Cool
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News for New Profs: Sorry, You're Just Not Cool
50 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Get over yourself. That is what I plan to tell my new Penn State colleagues next week. [Read More]
This Election's a No-Brainer
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This Election's a No-Brainer
51 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Didn't we have this conversation 16 years ago? [Read More]
Sexism in the Wilderness
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Sexism in the Wilderness
52 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Just like that, the human world, which had seemed so far away from this place of wolves and wild beaches and thousand-year-old trees, came rushing back. Could anything underscore the momentousness of a Hillary Clinton presidency more than this reminder of the routine invisibility of women? [Read More]
Were You Involved in the Turkish Coup Attempt? Me Neither.
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Were You Involved in the Turkish Coup Attempt? Me Neither.
53 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I have a message for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Stop accusing us Pennsylvanians of plotting against you. [Read More]
A Walk on the Wild Side
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A Walk on the Wild Side
54 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The man who picked us up at the dock, drove us to the trailhead, collected our user fees and gave us our trail map told us the wedding was taking place on the beach, which meant we would probably pass it. He also told us to beware of wolves. [Read More]
Take Me Out to the Opera
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Take Me Out to the Opera
55 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Is it time for Beaver Stadium, too, to share its field with other kinds of spectacles? [Read More]
Move Back to California? Can’t Afford It
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Move Back to California? Can’t Afford It
56 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Up and down the Bay Area, the problems of a dearth of affordable housing are apparent. People who provide essential services can't afford to live in or even near the communities they serve. Vast numbers of Northern Californians must commute vast distances from where they live to where they work. [Read More]
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