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A collection of Russell Frank's columns from the past 20 years, titled “Among the Woo People: A Survival Guide for Living in a College Town," was published this fall by the Penn State University Press. 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. Frank is a member of the journalism faculty at Penn State. Before launching his academic career, he 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

And So Ends Another Year in the Real World
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And So Ends Another Year in the Real World
60 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The idea of the university as Ivory Tower, as bubble, as rarified space, impervious to the malign forces of the outside world, exerts a stubborn hold on the popular imagination. But it has always been the ideal, never the real. [Read More]
Prime Time for Lyme
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Prime Time for Lyme
62 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I tell you all this by way of warning. The Health & Wellness Center is seeing more people for tick bites than for anything else thus far this spring. One way to avoid ticks, of course, is to stay out of their habitat. But if you’re like me, that is not an option. [Read More]
They Should Have Done More
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They Should Have Done More
64 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Telling Jerry Sandusky not to bring kids to campus anymore wasn’t enough, writes columnist Russell Frank. Telling him to seek counseling wasn’t enough. Telling the guy who ran Sandusky’s charity wasn’t enough. [Read More]
Deux Nuits à Paris: A French Farce
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Deux Nuits à Paris: A French Farce
66 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Some tourists visit the Eiffel Tower. Some go to Nôtre Dame. Some order wine at a sidewalk café and try to look French. I had done all those things on previous trips. This visit would be different. This visit, I would spend my first day in Paris plunging a toilet. [Read More]
Huzzah for the Enemies of the People
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Huzzah for the Enemies of the People
68 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I strongly suspect that the only stories Trump dismisses as fake news are the warts-and-all reports about Trump himself. [Read More]
The Detox Is Over. Let the Detox Begin.
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The Detox Is Over. Let the Detox Begin.
70 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Imagine: At 24 days, Michael Flynn’s tenure as national security adviser was shorter than my detox diet. Who’s next? Having survived without bread, coffee, alcohol, etc., I’m totally ready to go no-Conway, no-Pruitt, no-Perry, no-Puzder. [Read More]
Ten Days That Have Shaken the World
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Ten Days That Have Shaken the World
72 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Columnist Russell Frank offers one observer’s takeaways from the Dawn of the Donald. [Read More]
Bye Bye Barry, We’re Gonna Miss You So
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Bye Bye Barry, We’re Gonna Miss You So
74 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
By the time you read this column the presidency of Barack Obama will be ticking down to its last 48 hours. For some this is cause for celebration. I’m among the mourners. [Read More]
Looking for Keys in All the Wrong Places
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Looking for Keys in All the Wrong Places
76 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
When we arrived at our temporary home here, Brock Nelson was waiting with the keys. Perhaps you haven’t heard of Brock Nelson. Not being a hockey follower, I hadn’t either. He’s a member of the New York Islanders. Here is how he and I became acquainted. [Read More]
And Now, a Moment of Harmonic Convergence
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And Now, a Moment of Harmonic Convergence
78 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Remember the Harmonic Convergence? It happened in August 1987. The sun, the moon and Earth’s Solar System siblings were aligned in an equilateral triangle, or grand trine, that was supposed to herald the dawn of an age of peace. [Read More]
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