You can't make this stuff up. Cleveland State Law gave several faculty members $666 raises. Some of these individuals filed an Unfair Labor Practice complaint with the Ohio State Employment Relations Board claiming that they had been given these raises because of of their efforts to organize a faculty union. They could have had a more potent claim, perhaps, if the complaint did not state that this was a veiled threat because "in effect Dean Boise has called AAUP's labor organizers and AAUP Satan."
I'm not sure what's weirder: this claim or the coverage of the formerly respectable Cleveland Plain Dealer, which reported that "the number 666 is universally considered evil and a symbol of the antichrist or the devil."
Of course, we could also debate the merits of the dean's basis for allocating raises. According to the Plain Dealer - I couldn't confirm this independently - the dean based pay raises on "a three part forumla incorporating scholarship and scholarly influence (40 percent), teaching as measured by student evaluations (40 percent), and service through committee work (20 percent)." Really: student evaluations as the sole source of data on teaching quality?
The case was dismissed yesterday.
What is it with Ohio and Satanic 666's?
H/T Paul Caron.