Paranormal club explores more than just ghosts
By Tucker Swiastyn
Paranormal Club treasurer Grace Howerton and members Brandon Nonprasit and Emily Clark held a meeting on April 20 at the Carlsen Center.
Photo by Anya Ivantseva
The house is empty, the noise of life has left and the sun’s presence is lost. Darkness and a disturbing peace fill the walls. This is a perfect scene for a paranormal investigation to take place. However, the Paranormal Club here at the college deals with more than ghosts.
One might think that a paranormal group specifically deals with ghosts and spirits, but this view is wrong. The club here at the college discusses topics ranging from sasquatches and werewolves to aliens and UFOs.
“You get to meet all these people from different walks of life and who have had different experiences,” said Grace Howerton, Paranormal Club treasurer. “You can hear people’s stories, whether they’ve experienced [paranormal activity] or not. I’ve met some really incredible people who are really close to me now, like family. I think that’s the best experience.”
The club has meetings every two weeks where discussions are held on various topics including cross-cultural paranormal beliefs. This is the discussion of other cultures’ speculations involving the paranormal. Some of the content in these discussions has involved the realization that the werewolf is a creature people speculate about across the globe. Nothing in the demonic realm is ever discussed.
“We have fun debates on what people believe and don’t believe, why it exists,” said Howerton. “We look up cool evidence and talk about different theories. We think it’s fun if we all have different theories and are able to discuss and de¬bate the theories.”
One of the big events that the club holds are the investigations. These investigations often take place in museums, where the club will set up special equipment to listen and find signs of paranormal life. These investigations are dealt with in a professional manner and can last up to several hours. Club members can participate for $20.
“Students should especially come join the group if they have an interest in the unknown,” said club member Sabrina Berry. “If things happen to them that are out of the normal on an everyday basis and can’t explain it, we’re a group that doesn’t judge, we’re a group that is warm and friendly. If you have a need and want to be accepted, definitely come in to our group and we’ll make you feel like part of the family.”
The group meets every other Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Carlsen Cen¬ter, Room 224.