Rita Forte ’03, aka DJ Backside, previously designated as coolest Eph by no lesser an authority than myself, is still going strong — she was recently noted as one of ten hip hop artists to watch by a website that I can only assume knows something about hip hop (at the very least, more than me).

Nevertheless, I hereby declare a new coolest Eph — her classmate “Miyachi Master” Chunk the Monk (Ryan Burtch, 26), who learned to juggle the Miyachi (a rectangular palm-size beanbag) as a “flair bartender” after studying Buddhism at Williams College, and now does so professionally at F.A.O. Schwarz in Manhattan.

Chunk the Munk and DJ Backside have already set a high bar for the class of ’03 — how cool must that reunion have been in June?

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