In 1935, University of Minnesota students continued their effort to call for the United States to boycott the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The initiative to raise awareness in the University community met administrative resistance from Postmaster J.C. Poucher and Dean of Student Affairs Edward Nicholson, who pointed to new regulations (advocated by Nicholson and Coffman) set by the Board of Regents that denied student groups the right to disseminate “propaganda” through the post office and campus mail. However, Protestant clergy leaders and educators joined these students in their charge, arguing that to boycott the games would send a message to the Nazi regime that their treatment of ‘non-Aryans’ was “repugnant to the conscience of the world.”After the letters were refused, the Peace Action Committee passed another resolution that “censured those of the University who are responsible for the abrogation of student rights.”
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