Support for the EQMC at the Halfway Inn sign now

The East Quad Music Co-Op is a student group that has been putting on concerts in Ann Arbor for upwards of twenty years. It was re-started in late 2003 by a group of Residential College students at the University of Michigan who lived in the East Quadrangle dormitory, many of them employees at it's cafeteria and eventual music space, the Halfway Inn. We have been passing the torch for six years now, and are presently led by a melting pot of current and former Residential College students, most of them residents of East Quad. We were named the second-best all-ages venue in Michigan in 2006 by the Detroit News.

We operate our shows as all-ages endeavors that charge only $5 no matter who the band playing is, be it someone on their national tour, or an Ann Arbor musician just getting started. We don't keep a penny of that money, all of it going to the musicians. The EQMC believes that this egalitarianism dually enriches the student community and the greater Ann Arbor community with this cultural exchange.

We are currently in talks with dining services about whether or not we can use the space for music at all. No decision has been made yet, but it is clear enough that we are in danger of being shut down with no explanation as to what has changed, except that the Halfway Inn's "primary purpose" is a cafeteria for dorm residents - a cafeteria that happens to have a stage in it.

Our success has been founded upon cooperation with UM's dining services, and an understanding that the Halfway Inn is a space that can be used for more than one purpose to the benefit of both East Quad residents and members of the Ann Arbor community.

Please offer your support if you want to see a staple of local music press on. Our existence is a pure product of effort, love, and passion. Our reward is the music experience itself. These are all things that we love about Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Michigan music, and we want to keep participating in that. We believe using the Halfway Inn is an integral facet of what we do, and that it benefits Michigan students, The University, East Quad residents, and the Ann Arbor community as a whole.

Our aim is to work cooperatively with dining as partners to be able to use the space sparingly, one to three nights per month. We are students and community members who want to be heard. We want a voice.

This petition is a small symbol of that voice. This petition offers support for the use of the Halfway Inn for music concerts.

Thank you,

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The East Quad Music Co-Op.

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