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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

As I Was Saying ...
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As I Was Saying ...
60 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Since I last wrote for StateCollege.com two summers ago I have: • Fomented a civil war in Ukraine • Moved four times, with a fifth coming next month • Driven from East Coast to West Coast and back again. (My advice: stay in the college towns – they have better restaurants.) [Read More]
Russell Frank's Final Column, Final Thoughts
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Russell Frank's Final Column, Final Thoughts
157 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
And now, Grand Experiment 2.0: Can Penn Staters de-consecrate football and relegate it to its proper place as an enjoyable weekend pastime? [Read More]
Russell Frank: Oh, Things are Just Peachy Around Here
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Russell Frank: Oh, Things are Just Peachy Around Here
158 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
It is the job of everyone who cares about this university – trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni -- to see to it that effective checks and balances are installed and to recommit to the idea of Penn State as a place where academics matter more than athletics. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Can’t Speak Ukrainian But I’m Ready to Eat Well
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Russell Frank: Can’t Speak Ukrainian But I’m Ready to Eat Well
159 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I may stumble around Ukraine in a state of utter bewilderment this fall, but at least I’m gonna eat well. That’s the sense I get after spending my last couple of Ukrainian language lessons on food vocabulary. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Journalism’s New Mantra is Get It Now, Fix It Later
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Russell Frank: Journalism’s New Mantra is Get It Now, Fix It Later
160 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The one-a-day news cycle has only one clear-cut advantage over the round-the-clock news cycle: Print people have more time than electronic people to make sure they’re not disseminating bad information. [Read More]
The Sandusky Verdict: No Sticks or Stones, Just Whoops and Sighs of Relief
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The Sandusky Verdict: No Sticks or Stones, Just Whoops and Sighs of Relief
161 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Lucky for Jerry Sandusky he did not commit his foul deeds in 18th century England. I say this because the reactions of the mob outside the courthouse recalled, in milder form, the abuse heaped on criminal mastermind Jonathan Wild as he was conveyed to the gallows in 1725. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Come and Listen to a Story
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Russell Frank: Come and Listen to a Story
162 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Well, we’re all storytellers. But it’s one thing to tell stories in the course of conversations and another to perform a story in front of an audience. That’s what I and a few other people are going to do at 7 p.m. next Wednesday at Webster’s. [Read More]
Russell Frank: We Did It! We Graduated!
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Russell Frank: We Did It! We Graduated!
163 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Last Saturday’s State High rites felt particularly momentous to me and my family because this was the last of our three – the baby! -- who was processing across the platform at the Bryce Jordan Center. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Cutting the Cord on My House Phone
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Russell Frank: Cutting the Cord on My House Phone
164 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Having sold my house, and with plans to flit from address to address for the next year, I am cutting the cord that has bound my phones to the walls of all the houses I’ve ever lived in. No more landlines for me. I’m strictly cellular from now on. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Take My Worldly Possessions, Please
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Russell Frank: Take My Worldly Possessions, Please
165 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Is the war still on? Is the presidential election campaign heating up? Isn’t that Sandusky trial about to start? I wouldn’t know. I spent the entire month of May moving out of my house. Ridiculously, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. [Read More]
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