It's not like I think I'll have a hard time getting my petition approved, I just REALLY don't need this extra busy work at the moment...
That, and I'm bitter. You know what UW Admin? You're the ones who so woefully underfund my department to the point where they can only offer one required-for-the-major class a quarter (2 in spring quarter! Yeehaw!)! So yes, go ahead and punish me for your refusal to adequately fund academics at this university while you earn top $$$ for your jobs (don't get me started on the disparity between your salaries and that of "regular" staff and your blatant refusal to give more than ONE meager c.o.l. pay increase in 15 years in an area that has seen skyrocketing c.o.l. in the same time period). Punish me for my love and appreciation of learning that drove to take *gasp!* more than one course a quarter while I was waiting for my department to catch up. Punish my willingness to pump ever more tuition money out of my shallow pockets into your bursting pocketbooks. Because you are a university administration and know what it means to be an institute of "higher learning", right? Right. I'm sure you do. I'm sure you care passionately about education, as you've demonstrated over the years. Yes, you certainly have your priorities straight.
(NOTE: This is a bitter rant, and nothing more. Yes, I understand there are reasons for these rules. I just happen to think these rules suck at the moment because I am bitter and frustrated. Will I abide by these rules? Yes. Will I do so with a smile on my face? Probably -but that's just because I'm a dork whose facial muscles seem to think that this is an appropriate way to express any and all emotions. Will I do so while imagining the admin in many situations of public humiliation for my own entertainment? Absolutely. Feel free to join in.)