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Russell Frank

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

Childhood Relived in 30 Minutes
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Childhood Relived in 30 Minutes
70 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
If you lived in a New York City apartment in the 1950s and dreamed of raising your kids in a house with a yard, you might have ventured no farther out on Long Island than Elmont, just over the city line. [Read More]
This Week's Other Grim Anniversary
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This Week's Other Grim Anniversary
71 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
When I got to campus I saw a blanket covering the body of Melanie Spalla, an undergraduate from Altoona. I heard that Nicholas Mensah, a student from Ghana, had been seriously wounded. I heard about the bullet that penetrated student Kerry Butler's backpack. [Read More]
Love Ya, You're Beautiful, Now Get Outta Here
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Love Ya, You're Beautiful, Now Get Outta Here
72 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Thanks to my long years of service to the university and my even longer tenure here on Planet Earth, I am eligible to participate in a Voluntary Retirement Plan. Participation in the Voluntary Retirement Plan, you may be relieved to know, is "entirely voluntary." [Read More]
A Swell Birthday
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A Swell Birthday
73 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
74 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
75 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
76 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
77 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
78 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.
79 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]
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