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Alien Beings Affect Some

From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 10:49:43 -0800
Fwd Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 20:47:31 -0500
Subject: Alien Beings Affect Some


Source: The Saginaw News - Michigan

http://www.mlive.com/news/sanews/index.ssf?/base/news-9/1078761070189820.xml

Alien beings affect some

Monday, March 08, 2004
Justin Engel
The Saginaw News


It's early afternoon, and Jeff is sitting in front of a dozen-
plus Delta College students, each ear and eye tuned tightly to
him and his out-of-this-world story.

Leaning against the chalkboard over his shoulder are three
pieces of art he's authored. They depict a different alien being
the 37-year-old mid-Michigan resident claims to have confronted.

"That dude in the middle," one student says, pointing toward the
painting of a preying mantis-like creature that seems to crackle
with a menacing static. "Man, I don't know about him."

But that's beside the point.

Class of its own

"There are people who say you shouldn't be teaching this kind of
thing in your classrooms," says Alan G. Hill, a Delta associate
professor of sociology who has dealt with unexplained phenomenon
such as Jeff's close encounters for decades now. "Some just
think it's a waste of money."

Hill is not one of those people. As the instructor of this class
-- titled Social Issues Seminar -- his interest in the
paranormal has manifested itself during the past several years
into an educational setting that explores sociological movements
such as riots, rumors, urban legends and today's subject, alien
abductions.

Some might deem the subjects irrelevant, he says. There was a
time when those same critics had similar words for two other
topics his class touches upon: Christian and Islamic extremism.

"People used to say, 'How could that be important?' " Hill says.

Then Heaven's Gate and 9/11 happened.

What Hill is attempting to do with his class isn't to find the
truth behind the topics or to turn his students into believers,
he says. Whether the preying mantis dude is real is for the
individual to decide, not for the teacher to determine, he says.

Instead, he wants to explore how these subjects fit into modern-
day sociology.

"Let's just say this isn't true -- let's just pretend there's an
explanation for all of this," he poses to his class. "This is
still one of the most amazing sociological phenomenon we've ever
come across."

Hill's students seem to prove that point, some staying as late
as 45 minutes after class just to hear his guest speaker's
story.

Jeff -- a mid-Michigan resident who chooses not to reveal his
last name to protect his father, who is involved in high school
athletics -- has visited Hill's class for the past five years.

"I have no love toward these experiences," Jeff says, the two
Diet Cokes he's brought into the room an indicator he knows this
will take a while to explain. "This isn't something I enjoy."

Jeff believes he's faced something extraordinary -- whether real
or imagined -- since he was a young boy; back when he discovered
what he thought were "big rats" inhabiting his home, back when
"Santa's elves" visited his bedroom one Christmas Eve.

Jeff is older now and knows better. These aren't rodents he's
seeing. Sometimes they're much nicer than that.

Other times, he says, they're much, much worse.

It was 1998 when Jeff returned to Central Michigan University as
a student. The night after final exams, he woke up to find
someone or something forcibly turning his head to its side.

Enter Mr. Mantis

"The next thing I knew, I had this," Jeff starts before turning
to point at the preying mantis-like creature framed in his
middle painting, "this thing coming down at my face."

He had a sense the man-size being wanted him to calm down even
as it stuck a needle-like object into his ear.

"It wanted me to relax," Jeff says, a hint of 6-year-old
exasperation still resonant in his voice. "I was like,
'(Expletive) no.' "

Jeff fought the encounter to no avail, waking up the next
morning with strained neck muscles and an eye he could barely
see with.

Not all of his experiences were so chilling.

In 1994, he says a small gray alien creature woke him from sleep
so he could escape a fire raging in his apartment.

Sometimes, Jeff says, the encounters are even laughable.

Jeff's girlfriend -- another so-called abductee he met through
friends in the UFO movement circle -- moved in with him several
years ago. That didn't sit too well with the beings visiting
her.

One night a creature woke him from sleep, paralyzed him, and
seemed to complain that Jeff's abductors were interfering with
his girlfriend's abductors.

"I guess I was making his job difficult," he laughs. "There
seemed to be a scheduling conflict there."

Therapy

Jeff says his encounters are slowing down now, his last coming
more than a month ago. That's a contrast to the daily
visitations he once received.

Coming to this classroom once a year is "therapy," as he calls
it. Jeff tries to avoid the media with obvious exceptions. He
believes -- as Hill does -- that topics such as his experiences
need attention more than coverage, ears more than television
cameras.

Jon J. Gallagher, for one, is listening.

"You can watch as many documentaries as you want," says
Gallagher, a 21-year-old student in the class. "When there's a
guy sitting in a room with you -- someone you can shake hands
with -- that makes it very real."

Ryan J. Ames, a 19-year-old "pretty devoted" Christian, says he
opposed claims such as Jeff's before he took Hill's class.

"Now I'm able to step back and have an open mind about it," Ames
says.

Nineteen-year-old Nicole J. Bates began the semester unaware of
what she was getting into.

During a break in the first of the three-hour classes, Bates
told Hill she probably would drop out because she didn't believe
in the paranormal. Hill swayed her to stay, saying believing
isn't a prerequisite to the course; only an open mind.

After hearing Jeff, Bates admits she's playing a different tune
now.

"There's no way (Jeff) was making it up," she says, adding that
if his experiences aren't real, she at least thinks he believes
they are  "I still don't know what to make of it."






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