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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: Little Jack Horner's Got Nothin' on Me
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Russell Frank: Little Jack Horner's Got Nothin' on Me
156 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
157 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
158 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
159 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
160 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
161 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]
Russell Frank: I'll Ski U in My Dreams
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Russell Frank: I'll Ski U in My Dreams
162 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Russell Frank's son wants to go school close to the slopes. And he's getting interested in Penn State. But "it would be nice for kids who grew up in its shadow to go someplace else," his father writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Now Is the Autumn of Our Discontent
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Russell Frank: Now Is the Autumn of Our Discontent
163 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
A thong appeared in a tree outside Russell Frank's house. Meanwhile, a realization at Beaver Stadium: This is not a great football team. In short, autumn in State College has arrived. [Read More]
9/11: The View from Campus, 10 Years On
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9/11: The View from Campus, 10 Years On
164 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
At first, we didn't even know if the planes that crashed into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field were only the first wave, Russell Frank remembers. Later, "life went on, sort of." [Read More]
Russell Frank: Psst. Wanna Free iPhone?
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Russell Frank: Psst. Wanna Free iPhone?
165 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
You say you want a revolution? Russell Frank says you need to organize and agitate for reform first. [Read More]
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