MICHIGAN CITY — With all the pandemic-related constraints and hurdles of the 2020-21 school year, the loss of the social element may have been the hardest on Katie Collignon.

“I’m not as funny on Zoom,” Marquette’s athletics director said. “There’s no banter, no side conversations. I’d mute myself so I didn’t disrespect anybody, disrupt the flow. We finally had our first (in-person board meeting) the end of May, beginning of June. We could finally relate to people. I’m super expressive. I feed off other people’s energy, so I had a hard time. Wearing a mask, you can’t read if I’m being sarcastic, making a face. I also talk fast, so I know a lot of people are rely on watching my lips than just hearing it, especially freshmen. I’m glad everyone was respecting people’s health and safety, but the past year has been like a sad thing.”

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