Mustang legend passes on

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Don McFarlane

Courtesy of Mustang Athletics

McFarlane will be missed
The University of Western Ontario has lost one of its most decorated alumni with the passing of Don McFarlane on March 5.

McFarlane’s list of athletic accomplishments during his tenure at Western is nothing short of legendary.

A multi-sport all-star between 1944-1950, McFarlane played fullback on four Yates Cup championship football teams in 1946, 1947, 1949 and 1950 and was also a member of the track and field team.

In 1948 McFarlane competed with the Canadian track and field team during the Summer Olympics, placing fifth in both the mile relay as well as the 4x100m.

Following his athletic career, McFarlane earned a medical degree, practising as an ophthalmologist. McFarlane was 81 years old.

STAND hosts basketball tournament
The “Dunks 4 Darfur” 3-on-3 basketball tournament was held this past Saturday in the University Community Centre gym.

Organized by the Western chapter of Students Taking Action Now, Darfur (STAND), the event aimed to raise both awareness as well as aid for the ongoing genocide and humanitarian crisis in the Sudanese region.

Tipping off at 12:30 a.m. and continuing until 4:30 a.m., the event raised a total of $767.00 through team entry fees and donations.

The funds, administered by STAND, will be given to a charitable organization doing humanitarian work in the Sudanese area.

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