SORC

Table and chairs

 

This page addresses two components of tabling on campus:

 

  • How and where to get tables and chairs
    • The Student Organization Resource Center (SORC, pronounced "source") offers tables and chairs 7 days a week for a daily fee; LSA-Student Government (LSA-SG) offers tables and chairs for free on weekdays  between10am-4pm.
  • How to request/reserve popular spaces for tabling
    • Some places provide the tables for you; others do not

 

 

How and where to get tables and chairs

 

Tables & Chairs from SORC

The Student Organization Resource Center (SORC, pronounced "source") offers SEVEN 6-foot tables and eight folding chairs for student organization and department rentals.  Events can happen indoors or out, on campus or within a mile of campus, but must be sponsored by a UM department or student organization.  

These items are available 7 days a week, whenever the Michigan League is open (7am-2am most days).  To reserve tables and/or chairs, please visit the SORC, located in the Michigan League Underground.  Click this link to view SORC Table/Chair availability calendar  You can call to check availability, but reservations need to be made in person.  SORC's number is 734-764-0436.  You can also email sorc@umich.edu.  If you email, be sure to specify the date and time that you'd like, and how many tables and chairs. 

Scroll down for more information about SORC policies for use of tables and chairs.

 

Tables & Chairs from LSA-Student Government

SORC tables are sometimes fully booked.  Another option for student organizations is to use tables and chairs provided by LSA-Student Government for FREE!   Student organizations can request items by visiting this link.     LSA-SG lends 7 tables and about a dozen chairs per day Monday-Friday 10AM-4PM.  Click here for more information about LSA-SG.  Click here to go straight to the LSA-SG page that explains tables and chairs.

 

 

How to request/reserve popular spaces for tabling

 

The Diag:

Any Maize Pages registered student organization seeking approval to hold an event on the Diag should begin by reading the policies and completing an online request form.  There is no fee for the use of the space unless you have special needs such as electricity, amplification, etc. Policies related to the use of amplified sound, food/beverages, grilling, vehicles, electrical needs, table rental, etc. will be shared at the time of the request. For more information regarding the use of the Diag or other related questions, please visit this page or email diag.info@umich.eduTables and chairs are not provided when you reserve the Diag; you can rent them from SORC or LSA-SG.

 

The Gerstacker Grove (North Campus Diag):

Any Maize Pages registered student organization seeking approval to hold an event on the Grove should begin by reading the policies and completing an online request formThere is no fee for the use of the space unless you have special needs such as electricity, amplification, etc. Policies related to the use of amplified sound, food/beverages, grilling, vehicles, electrical needs, table rental, etc. will be shared at the time of the request. For more information regarding the use of the Grove or other related questions, please visit the page above or email diag.info@umich.eduTables and chairs are not provided when you reserve the Grove; you can rent them from SORC or LSA-SG.

 

Other Outdoor Campus Spaces:

Any Maize Pages registered student organization seeking approval to hold an event on campus in locations other than the Diag should submit this space request form. Tables and chairs are not provided when you reserve outdoor campus spaces; you can rent them from SORC or LSA-SG.

 

Posting Wall at Angell Hall, Chemistry Atrium, and East Hall Atrium:

You must obtain permission from LSA Facilities prior to reserving the tables or chairs for use in Angell Hall or the Chemistry Atrium.  There is no charge for the use of the space at the Posting Wall or Chemistry Atrium. The East Hall Atrium is available for events (there is a charge) but not for setting up tables and chairs to promote your organization. Request space online at: Space reservation process for LSA Facilities. Tables and chairs are generally not provided when you reserve these areas; you can rent them from SORC or LSA-SG.

 

Michigan Union:

You may reserve space on the Ground floor of the Michigan Union to promote your event. There is a fee for using this space, but it is substantially discounted for student organizations. To reserve space, visit the University Unions Event Services website or stop by Event Services at 1310 Michigan Union. You may also call 734-764-8837 for more information. A 4-foot table and two chairs are provided when you reserve this space. Do not rent tables from SORC, because you won't need them!

 

Other LSA Classrooms/Auditoriums:

You must obtain permission from SOAS prior to reserving the tables or chairs for use in LSA classrooms and auditoriums not listed above. Contact SOAS at 2400 Michigan Union, soas@umich.edu, or call 734-763-5767. Download the room request forms here. Existing tables, chairs, and desks are included when you reserve LSA classrooms / auditoriums.

 

Classrooms in non-LSA buildings:

Contact the Administrative Office for that specific college/school. SORC tables can be used in any campus building, but before you sign a SORC contract, inquire at the building as to whether there will be tables and chairs there for you to use.

 

 

 

More information about SORC policies for use of tables and chairs

 

Pick up & delivery

You pick up the tables and/or chairs yourself any time that the Michigan League is open.  However, SORC opens at 10:00, so if you need to pick them up before then, allow extra time to get the Building Manager. The tables are slightly cumbersome because of their size, but they are very lightweight. An average-sized person can usually manage two tables (or one table and two chairs). SORC does not offer delivery of tables or chairs.

 

Cleaning / Replacement Cost

Your group is responsible for returning tables and chairs to SORC clean and unharmed.  Misuse may result in additional charges for necessary cleaning or replacement.  When you sign a contract to rent a table and/or chairs from SORC, you agree to return the items in thier original condition to SORC or pay the applicable cleaning or replacement costs.

 

Lead Time

In most cases you can pick up tables or chairs with little or no notice.  However, during the warm months, these items are higher in demand, and may be booked in advance (hence, unavailable).  In order to use these items, an authorized signer for your group must authorize the contract.  This can be done via email, but must be done before you leave with the items.  Table and chair rentals must be paid via SOAS funds.

 

Larger Volume

If you need more tables and chairs than SORC is able to provide, we recommend Action Rental Center or A-1 Rental. Both of these companies are local but are not within walking distance. You will need to either have a large vehicle to pick up the items, or you will have to pay the company to deliver them. Their prices are roughly the same, although you might see differences in delivery costs.

 

Prices

Table rental (6-foot) $9.00 per day
Chair rental (each) $2.00 per day
Table replacement cost $50.00 each
Chair replacement cost $25.00 each