Published June 6, 2019

New York State’s Cannabis Challenges

Legalize Recreational Marijuana? It’s Not So Simple.

Over three months, students in Utica College’s Watchdog course dissected the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana from multiple perspectives, and found that a contentious piece of legislation will have winners — but potentially at a cost.
Utica College Watchdog Reporting
Published May 26, 2018

Teaching and the Next Generation

How policy changed teaching -- and how New York State teachers in the Mohawk Valley responded to the initiative once called Common Core.

How New York State teachers in the Mohawk Valley responded to the initiative once called Common Core.
Utica College Watchdog Reporting
Published May 17, 2016

Shining a Light on Renewable Energy in Oneida County

Utica College Watchdog Reporting
Published May 13, 2016

What Makes an Olympian?

Millions grow up dreaming about competing in the Olympic Games, but few ever get there.

In 2012, the world’s population was a touch more than 7 billion. The number of athletes who competed in the Summer Olympics that same year was roughly 10,700. According to co-founder of the International Society of Olympic Historians Bill Mallon, that puts the chances of making it that far at around 1 in 562,400. To put that in perspective, the odds of being struck by lightning is about 1 in 12,000.
Utica College Watchdog Reporting
Published December 30, 2015


Battling The Rise Of Heroin In Oneida County

When it comes to the growing use of heroin in America, Utica and Oneida County are not exempt. What is being done to combat the use of heroin in Utica and Oneida County and what does the data tell us about the past and present in terms of opiate use in the region? The following stories and statistics explore these questions.
By Bria Hilliard, The Whitney Morris, Megan Postol and Patrick Rivers
Published December 22, 2015


Refugees, Funding Formulas and Lawsuits

With a refugee population that makes up nearly a quarter of Utica’s population, educating students with limited English skills can be a challenge. The situation, though, is more complex. The Utica City School District, one of the poorest in the state, along with seven other New York school districts, is in the midst of a lawsuit claiming the state owes them money. The lawsuit was first filed in 2008. Last spring, the NYCLU claimed that for years, Utica turned away 17-20-year-old refugees and diverted them into alternate programs. In November, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, sued the district, citing similar concerns as the NYCLU. While all of this happens, the students at the heart of the lawsuits must make life choices, but are left with few options when it comes to their education.
By Shane Kelly, Kevin Montano, Amanda Paladino and Matt Rogers