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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: Normalcy Isn't Good Enough
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Russell Frank: Normalcy Isn't Good Enough
156 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]
Russell Frank: PSU Faculty Weighs in on Sandusky Scandal
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Russell Frank: PSU Faculty Weighs in on Sandusky Scandal
157 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]
Mission Possible: Restoring Penn State Pride
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Mission Possible: Restoring Penn State Pride
158 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]
Russell Frank: We Are -- Going to Be OK
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Russell Frank: We Are -- Going to Be OK
159 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]
Russell Frank: Little Jack Horner's Got Nothin' on Me
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Russell Frank: Little Jack Horner's Got Nothin' on Me
160 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]
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
161 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]
Russell Frank: No Longer Completely Behind The Times
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Russell Frank: No Longer Completely Behind The Times
162 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Russell Frank's relationship with The New York Times goes back decades. But not all is well between The Times and him. [Read More]
Let's Talk Sex, Hugs and Ethics
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Let's Talk Sex, Hugs and Ethics
163 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The Daily Collegian set off a firestorm of reaction last week with a sex column: "Mounting Nittany." So, Mr. Journalism Ethics Professor, should the Collegian have printed the piece? [Read More]
Newspapers Should Celebrate Protests, Not Mock Them
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Newspapers Should Celebrate Protests, Not Mock Them
164 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The New York Times keeps saying that the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators' message is murky. But why they're there is clear enough, Russell Frank says. [Read More]
Noise Essential to Woo Life, Researcher Says
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Noise Essential to Woo Life, Researcher Says
165 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Rather than rush into a new noise ordinance, State College Borough Council should seek a cultural impact study examining likely effects on the Woo people, folklorist Russell Frank argues. [Read More]
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