Welcome to Athens Power Rankings. In the spirit of sports rating systems, through painstaking analysis, we rank the top movers and shakers in the Classic City each week. Who's hot? Who's not? Find out below.
1. Peter Buck (Last week: N/A)
Who else could get three-quarters of R.E.M. back together? And we hear Michael Stipe was in the audience. Come on, you're just gonna let the other Mike steal your spotlight like that?
2. Aaron Murray (Last week: 2)
Georgia lost in freakish, heartbreaking fashion to Auburn, but Murray put on the performance of a lifetime: more than 400 yards passing and three fourth-quarter touchdowns to bring the Bulldogs back from the brink. He should never have to buy a drink in Athens again.
3. Bill Cowsert (Last week: N/A)
The Republican state senator from Athens single-handedly nixed the idea of putting a local sales tax for transit on the ballot. Read more in this week's City Dope.
4. Caroline Bailey (Last week: 1)
The president of UGA's Black Affairs Council organized another rally last week to shed light on racism and homophobia on campus.
5. John Fernandes (Last week: N/A)
The violin-/clarinet-/bass-/everything-ist brought his fiddle onstage to join Deerhunter last weekend at a show music editor Gabe Vodicka called the band's best ever. Next up: Cloudfest, a five-day festival he organized featuring your favorite band (whomever that may be—like 30 of 'em are playing).