One stolen moment: An outstanding “Duhawk” documentary

By Jorge A. Ramirez (TheLorian)

About seven months ago, four Loras College individuals decided to start a project that would generate enthusiasm for many Duhawk families who were affected by COVID-19 but still love this school setting with a passion. Ben Friedman, Michael Runde, Ben Burkholder and Pat Hunt are currently four alums who decided to create and publish “One Stolen Moment” for their capstone project prior to graduating in the middle of a pandemic. The Lorian, in this case, met up with Runde, who spoke about the reasoning behind this short film.

“Originally, we were planning to start a documentary about people living along Loras Boulevard. Nevertheless, as soon as we started to realize everything was getting shut down due to COVID-19 and people were being sent home, we started brainstorming and decided to interview the teams that got their seasons cancelled. We did not know if any athlete belonging to these particular teams were ready to speak, but fortunately we had a few individuals who were very cooperative, and did not hesitate to help us out at all. YouTube was certainly the best platform for us to reach as many people as possible.”

According to Runde, interviewing the athletes who may not get a chance at redemption is definitely not easy. Wrestling, Women’s Basketball, and Track & Field (Men and Women) were the teams that got severely affected after being so close to glory. Loras College, according to the documentary, was expecting three National Championships to come home that semester. It was going to be an unprecedented time in history, and the celebrations were going to be endless. Not only were the Duhawks entitled to celebrate the collective efforts being achieved, but also the individual talents that set the bar for success.

“It was very tough to listen to some of the stories. Kerri (Women’s Basketball) had already bounced back from an injury. I know she was really looking forward to her last season, and she was playing extremely well. With Shamari [Scott] (Track & Field), you could easily tell how much pain he was still holding just with the tone of his voice. I also felt terrible with Guy Patron Jr. (Wrestling). He was undefeated, and after previous years of being third and second, it was looking like he was going to win this year. It is very tough for some of these athletes to realize their careers have come to an end without the chance to get the proper recognition for their efforts.”

Runde makes a very clear statement: these teams really wanted to make the college, their families, and themselves proud. Despite the fact that this short film was a success, the members of this outstanding group generating this documentary had an overall feeling of sadness for those who were not able to accomplish their dreams.

“Many people congratulated us for our work. People that I hadn’t spoken to in years even texted me in order to show their support. It definitely means a lot and I sincerely hope people enjoyed this capstone project. However, we really felt the pain amongst these amazing human beings. No one deserved this.”

This group of five friends is now living apart from each other. Everyone is working on their future on separate geographical locations. They managed to leave a legacy in Loras College before their departure, a legacy that is still being celebrated and discussed seven months later.

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