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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

Sexism in the Wilderness
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Sexism in the Wilderness
60 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.
61 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
62 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
63 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
64 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]
LeBron for President
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LeBron for President
65 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The knock on California sports fans has always been that they lack passion. I thought about that during the past week while watching the NBA Finals in the San Francisco Bay Area. [Read More]
I Sat So Quietly My Foot Fell Asleep
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I Sat So Quietly My Foot Fell Asleep
66 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Jack Kornfield, a sage of American Buddhism, folksily refers to meditation as sitting quietly, which underscores what a sane response it is to the anxiety, busyness and digital addictions that plague us all. Who can argue with setting aside 20 minutes of every day to essentially catch our breath, ca [Read More]
On the Hot Seat at a High School Graduation
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On the Hot Seat at a High School Graduation
67 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I know better than to think that people with two or four years of college are smarter than people whose schooling ends at high school. I just have found more like-minded people here than I did there, and the fact that State College is a university town surely accounts for it. [Read More]
Just Can’t Take It Any Mow
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Just Can’t Take It Any Mow
68 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
This Central Pennsylvania May was too cold, too hot and, as always, perfectly gorgeous, from its tulips to its irises, from the white of its dogwood blossoms to the 50 shades of green of its coniferous and deciduous trees. My one complaint, fellow citizens: the ceaseless roar of power mowers. [Read More]
Great Escape: Bird Flies the Coop
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Great Escape: Bird Flies the Coop
69 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
A sparrow slips through a gap in a screen and finds himself in a roach motel situation: Having checked into my porch, he can’t check back out. [Read More]
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