“Dad, Stanford’s over.”

– Nina, In The Heights

What sets the drama (and music, so much music!) in motion in the new film of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights? It’s Nina dropping out of Stanford and returning home to Washington Heights because: (1) Stanford has no Latino community; (2) Stanford students (and their parents) are racist; and (3) it’s too expensive. So the past few weeks have seen thundering defenses from Stanford apologists and presumably little in the way of productive work at Stanford’s Office of University Communications.

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While I don’t have firsthand knowledge of Stanford’s Latino community or the prejudices of its students and parents, it’s worth pondering whether Stanford is, in fact, too expensive. Never afraid to weigh in on a controversy, Matt Yglesias defended Stanford, arguing In The Heights “perpetuates misinformation about financial aid policies at elite universities like Stanford in…

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