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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: Farewell to a Dark Year
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Russell Frank: Farewell to a Dark Year
121 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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Russell Frank: ‘Tis the Season to Read Novels
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Russell Frank: ‘Tis the Season to Read Novels
122 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Russell Frank gives his reading list just before it's time to unwind for a few days for the holidays. [Read More]
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Russell Frank: Seeing Something and Saying Something
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Russell Frank: Seeing Something and Saying Something
123 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
No matter how small the slight, it's time to speak up, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
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Russell Frank: The Semester in Ethics: A Brief Review
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Russell Frank: The Semester in Ethics: A Brief Review
124 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal provided a mountain of ethical questions to pose to a journalism class, writes Russell Frank. [Read More]
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Russell Frank: Normalcy Isn't Good Enough
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Russell Frank: Normalcy Isn't Good Enough
125 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Normalcy at Penn State means secrecy, Russell Frank writes. And returning to it, he believes, "would be a failure to learn and a missed opportunity to make this place better." [Read More]
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Russell Frank: PSU Faculty Weighs in on Sandusky Scandal
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Russell Frank: PSU Faculty Weighs in on Sandusky Scandal
126 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
A number of Penn State faculty members have written about the scandal at the university. They offer "a sense of how this community of inquirers is struggling to make sense of it all." [Read More]
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Mission Possible: Restoring Penn State Pride
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Mission Possible: Restoring Penn State Pride
127 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The Sandusky scandal will damage Penn State's reputation only if we confirm the view that PSU "is football and Joe Paterno and Joe Paterno and football are Penn State," Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
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Russell Frank: We Are -- Going to Be OK
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Russell Frank: We Are -- Going to Be OK
128 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
When the satellite trucks leave, Penn State's reputation as a great university will rest not on football or Joe Paterno, but on students, teachers and researchers, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
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Russell Frank: Little Jack Horner's Got Nothin' on Me
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Russell Frank: Little Jack Horner's Got Nothin' on Me
129 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Is shoplifting a rite of passage, a way for us to test our courage and defy authority? Russell Frank wonders. And if so, why hasn't he gone through it? [Read More]
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Russell Frank: Memories of Mickey and Reggie and Mom and Meryl
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Russell Frank: Memories of Mickey and Reggie and Mom and Meryl
130 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Russell Frank began paying attention to baseball around 1961. Attention turned to worship a couple years later. "I can picture myself trying to juggle a scorecard, pencil, hotdog, soda and glove." [Read More]
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