Reports and Submissions
I'm not in Portland, but thought you might find this interesting anyhow. I live in Minot, North Dakota (about 2hrs. from the Canadian border). I've been attending Minot State University for two years (will be starting a third in Sept.). My first year here, I was in the freshmen girls dorm, Cook Hall. Not long into the first semester, people started talking about hearing noises, doors rattling, what have you. I wasn't too surprised as dorms are not known for being sound proof and the building is somewhat old.....then I started hearing more stories. There are 4 floors (numbered 2, 3, 4 and 5) and the rooms are labeled A-Z on ea. floor. The first thing that really got any attention was that room 4A had locked itself. The girl's roommate wasn't home that weekend and she had just stepped out. When she came back, the door was locked. In room 4K, the girl had entered the room, laid her keys down next to the phone and made a phone call. When she was done, she went to pick up her keys but they weren't there. She looked all around by the phone and eventually found them on a shelf ABOVE the phone and under some papers. Room 3M (right next to my room) open the door for my friend when she was carrying things.
I only had two experiences in that dorm. I started out in a room across the hall with a roommate. One night we played "Yes/No." (it's a card game where you summon spirits and then use the cards to mean yes or no to your questions that you ask). When we started the game I just thought of it as fun, no big deal. With the questions we were asking, the spirit began to take on a life. At first I attributed it to overactive imagination. Then I saw her. I'm pretty sure no one else did, though I never asked. She appeared and stood by the wall (we had the lights on, so she wasn't completely clear). With each question that we had answered, she looked at me and seemed to look sadder. Her eyes implored me to help her, but I didn't know how. When the game was over, she looked at me one last time and then disappeared. The other time that I had problems with ghosts was a day when I lost my keys. I KNEW I had put them on the desk. I looked and looked. I couldn't find them. I cleared EVERYTHING off the desk and still no keys. I went downstais to meet a friend and told her what was going on. We went back into my room, she walked over the desk (which I had put everything back on) and picked up my keys! I looked at her and said "I don't even want to talk about it" so we didn't.
We decided among ourselves in the dorm that there was a mischievous ghost (like Casper) who didn't mean any harm and just wanted to play games or help out.
I've seen other apparitions, too, in other situations. I don't know if I'm the only one of my friends that can see them or not. The paranormal has only ever scared me once and that was something that to this day (over a year later) is COMPLETELY unexplained.