Metro Crypto Science Society chapter argues against ‘UFO Phil’

In Colorado Springs, a man known as UFO Phil, who claims he speaks to aliens daily, has been publicizing his plans to build a hydrogen spacecraft refueling station as a replica of the Pyramid of Giza on Pikes Peak.

Jené Conrad, president of Metro's Crypto Science Society poses for a portrait Feb. 15 in Tivoli. Photo by John McEvoy

Phil is currently trying to gather 60 volunteers to haul 2.3 million limestone blocks weighing about 6 million tons and 8,000 tons of granite to the top of the mountain — all without federal permission, which he said he doesn’t need.

“The United States Forest Service regulations state that if the construction is not for personal gain or profit and if you use less than 75 people, you won’t need to fill out any forms or seek a permit,” Phil said. “So, from that point I began operating under the assumption that we had all the authority we needed to start building. We just need the stone blocks and volunteers.”

The Crypto Science Society is a student organization at Metro that investigates strange phenomena unrelated to the mainstream scientific world such as Cryptozoologly, UFOlogy, and spectra phenomena.

“Unfortunately, [Phil’s] views do little to credit the UFO phenomena,” said Jason Cordova Metro alumnus and founder of Metro’s CSS chspter. “[I hope people] do not judge the community of PhD’s, industry professionals and law enforcement personnel who have either encountered or studied UFO’s.”

“I guess anything is possible,” said Jené Conrad, president of Metro’s CSS chapter. “There is a theory out there called ancient astronaut theory, which proposes that aliens were integral to our ancient civilization.”

Though she doesn’t dismiss the possibility of UFO Phil’s claims, Conrad said, “It’s a mountain and shouldn’t be tampered with.”

Cordova agrees, “[Pikes Peak] is traditionally sacred ground to the Ute people,” he said. “Building anything on or around the peak would be insulting and disrespectful to the Ute Nation and traditions.”

He stressed that credible organizations like the Mutual UFO Network and Society for Scientific Exploration are the sources through which the paranormal sciences should be referenced.

The CSS is doing its part to legitimize the reputation of paranormal sciences through educational awareness events like the second annual Mad Science Fair April 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Tivoli.

“Experiments and field research in unconventional areas of study are not explored by mainstream science,” Conrad said. “Countless professionals and academics alike have interests in ‘mad science’ and have no venue to present their research.”

Students will present unconventional inventions and the results of unusual experiments. Anyone interested must e-mail abstract submissions to,, by March 20.

CSS typically meets three times a month for investigator training and field research. During training and orientation, students learn skills like critical thinking, scientific method, witness interviews, writing reports and collecting and analyzing data.

Hands-on experience includes research and field investigations where students go to an area on campus or in Denver that has reported paranormal activity.

“We use your standard audio recorder, EMF (electromagnetic field) detector, video camera, motion sensing camera and this thing called a lab quest that I’m not all that sure how to use yet,” Conrad said. “Most of it has been donations and we are always looking for more equipment.”

Auraria is one of CSS’s best locations for investigation because of the numerous, active reports from people on campus who have seen the ghosts of a little girl and grumpy old man in the Tivoli and orbs in the 9th Street houses.

The Metro CSS has also done research off campus on things like cow mutilations and the San Louis Valley, which is said to be a hot spot of activity for UFO sightings.

“Every investigation is a learning experience. We have to make mistakes in order to learn from them,” Conrad said. “There might be times where we get nothing, where nothing happens, but then we have to look at why. In the end we always hope for material that can’t be explained.”

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Megan Mitchell is the managing editor of The Metropolitan. She has worked for the paper since spring 2010 as a reporter, assistant editor, Metrospective editor, and editor-in-chief respectively.

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