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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

This May Be the End for Bernie, But Not for His Message
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This May Be the End for Bernie, But Not for His Message
86 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I almost skipped the Bernie Sanders Show in Rec Hall this week. Candidates are notoriously late arrivers and I didn’t relish waiting hours just to hear my fellow Brooklynite tell me the rich are getting richa and the poor are getting poora. I’m glad I went. [Read More]
Meanie Saves Baby Squirrel, Ruins Reputation
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Meanie Saves Baby Squirrel, Ruins Reputation
86 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Hey, I reasoned, it’s a crow-eat-varmint world. Survival of the fittest. Let nature takes its course. Next morning, though, I saw that the varmint was still alive and looking none too bright-eyed or bushy-tailed. Forget evolutionary biology, the food chain, the law of talon and beak. This was a jo [Read More]
A Mother Dies Without Seeing Her Son Go Free
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A Mother Dies Without Seeing Her Son Go Free
87 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Nalini Vedam died on Saturday, still holding on to the hope that her son -- sentenced to life in prison 30 years ago for a murder he maintains he did not commit -- would some day be exonerated. [Read More]
In A Way, We Are All Bergdahl
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In A Way, We Are All Bergdahl
88 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Like the war in Afghanistan itself, the case of Bowe Bergdahl has been a mess from the start, writes Russell Frank. [Read More]
Beware of ER Nurses Bearing Tales
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Beware of ER Nurses Bearing Tales
89 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
As a folklorist, Russell Frank is sometimes in the unenjoyable position of telling friends their great "true" stories are works of fiction that have often been making the rounds for years. [Read More]
In the Spring, an Old Man’s Fancy Turns Lightly to Thoughts of Dust Bunnies
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In the Spring, an Old Man’s Fancy Turns Lightly to Thoughts of Dust Bunnies
90 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
My household celebrated the arrival of spring in depressingly middle-aged fashion. Instead of dancing with the daffodils, we waltzed with the vacuum cleaner and shimmied with the sponge mop. [Read More]
Wanted: 469 Legislators. Must Play Well with Others.
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Wanted: 469 Legislators. Must Play Well with Others.
91 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
While news media seems to be all presidential politics all the time, how much have you heard about the looming battles for control of Congress? The relevance of the Congressional races to the presidential race, which has been on full boil for months, should be obvious. [Read More]
The Badda Boom, Badda Bing Presidency
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The Badda Boom, Badda Bing Presidency
92 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Columnist Russell Frank explores the fascination with and popularity of Donald Trump. [Read More]
The Obscure and the Obvious: A Rant Against Academic Writing
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The Obscure and the Obvious: A Rant Against Academic Writing
93 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
This week's Water Is Wet award goes to a study of an online support group for new mothers that opens with this bombshell of a first sentence: "Having a new baby is an extraordinary experience for most women." Who knew? [Read More]
Sentenced to Death: Fewer Periods, More Commas
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Sentenced to Death: Fewer Periods, More Commas
94 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Write like you’re getting paid by the period. That’s what I tell my journalism students when their sentences resemble corn mazes. New York Timesman Dwight Garner explained the problem with long sentences in his recent review of Henry James’ 'Autobiographies'. [Read More]
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