The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 04, 1987, Image 7

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    Friday, December 4,1987/The Battalion/Page 7
‘Candy Man’ does more
than just refill machines
Photo by Sam B. Myers
The ‘candy man’, Dave Sigbornson, gives some candy to James Snedden, 7, of College Station.
By Kristin Czarnik
Dave Sigbornson, known as the
“Candy Man,” has been making Ag
gies happy by filling the candy ma
chines at Texas A&M for the past 14
Sigbornson, who has worked for
Coca-Cola 21 years, is in charge of
filling 43 machines in buildings from
the Blocker Building to Krueger
Sigbornson says since some ma
chines are used more than others, he
does not fill all of them every day.
“Some you do every day, some
you do only once a week, some twice
a week and some three times a
week,” Sigbornson says. “The ones
that have a big volume are the ones
you’ve got to do everyday, like the
Library, Blocker and the Com
Sigbornson says he likes his job
because he has met many students
and professors. He sometimes car
ries candy around in his pockets and
gives it to people he sees.
“I might see a woman with a little
girl and if I have some candy I’ll give
her some,” Sigbornson says.
It is Sigbornson’s friendly actions
— rather than the fact that he fills
candy machines — that has gained
him popularity.
“Most of the time you get to know
people because you see them all the
time, like most of them over at
Blocker in the theater arts,” Sigborn
son says. “One girl gave me a Texas
A&M baseball cap that says ‘Dave the
Candy Man’ on it.
“She gave me that as a going-away
present when she graduated.”
Sigbornson says he cuts articles
and pictures about students out of
newspapers and holds on to them.
“If you can spend five minutes to
cut a picture out and give it to some
body, it makes them happy,” Sig
bornson says. “When they get to be a
senior they will come up to me and
say, ‘Dave do you have a program
from so and so play that I was in?’
and I’ll give it to them.”
Sigbornson says he’s been a season .
ticket member for the last 13 years
and has gone to most of the theater
arts productions.
“Every year we give Dave season
tickets numbers one and two because
he is such a good advertisement for
us,” Theater Arts Manager Brenda
Wentworth says. “He comes in every
day and gives us candy. I even
bought a candy dish to put the candy
Sigbornson is also known to most
of the women on the volleyball,
softball and tennis teams, he says.
“I’ll go to their games sometimes
and have a bag of lollipops or bubble
gum and give each one of them
something,” Sigbornson says. “The
coaches even know me too.”
Sigbornson says most of the peo
ple ne meets will see him at the
candy 1 “machines and stop to say
“Even if people have known me
for years, they still call me the
“Candy Man” because they don’t
know my real name,” Sigbornson
Minority education lawsuit
unreasonable, officials say
AUSTIN (AP) — State officials said Thursday that a
lawsuit alleging inadequate higher education opportu
nities for Mexican-Americans in Texas may be asking
for more than is reasonable.
“I don’t know of any constitutional requirement to
have a law school every 50 miles along the interstate,”
Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby said.
“People have to travel to where the quality programs
are offered,” said Kenneth Ashworth, state commis
sioner of higher education.
“Otherwise we are going to dilute our resources to
such an extent that we would ensure that we had medi
ocrity and underfunded programs all over the state,”
he said.
Ashworth is one of the many state officials named as
defendants in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in
Brownsville by the Mexican American Legal Defense
and Education Fund.
The suit says the state does not spend enough money
on higher education for Mexican Americans. Among
the specific complaints is the lack of graduate and pro
fessional programs in state universities in South Texas.
Ashworth said there is “no question that in time we
need to put more education opportunity and more fa
cilities and more programs in South Texas.”
But he said it is wrong to say there is a total lack of
higher education opportunity in South Texas. He cited
the medical, dental and other professional schools
added to the University of Texas at San Antonio since
“The question is, ‘How do you define South Tex
as?’ ” he said. “Some of the groups are saying South
Texas ends south of San Antonio.”
But at a Thursday news conference announcing the
lawsuit, Sen. Hector Uribe, D-Brownsville, said, “South
Texas is seriously underserved in the area of higher ed
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