While perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, it is fairly accurate to compare working at a university to being part of a feudal serf system. This was one of those strips that we received far more feedback from professors than from students. It also established Mr. Mittens first real activity as head of the faculty senate. Many more shenanigans would follow from his administrative work.
Dr. Bones makes a cameo in this strip, along with the Masked Professor and the old science professor. It became a running gag to reuse certain characters to fill out backgrounds.