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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

Newspapers Should Celebrate Protests, Not Mock Them
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Newspapers Should Celebrate Protests, Not Mock Them
156 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
157 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
158 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
159 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
160 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?
161 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]
T-Storms and Quakes and The Beast, Oh My
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T-Storms and Quakes and The Beast, Oh My
162 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Fasten those seat belts: The Rapture Index suggests we're increasingly close to "the occurrence of pre-tribulation rapture," Russell Frank reports. [Read More]
Russell Frank: House 4 Sale -- I Mean, an Essay on Spinach
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Russell Frank: House 4 Sale -- I Mean, an Essay on Spinach
163 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
All the mean things Russell Frank has said about the Woo people in State College? Call it poetic license. His borough house is on the market now, and ... WOULD SOMEONE MAKE HIM AN OFFER? [Read More]
What This Country Needs is a Breath of Fresh Air
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What This Country Needs is a Breath of Fresh Air
164 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
After spending some time in Washington, D.C., in August, no less, columnist Russell Frank suggests that politicians get out of town more -- or read some good poetry. [Read More]
Self-Portrait in Top Hat and Rowboat with Horn
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Self-Portrait in Top Hat and Rowboat with Horn
165 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Columnist Russell Frank loses himself in play -- and finds himself in the creation -- in a sand tray session. [Read More]
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