I sometimes wonder if those desperate pleas aren't a consequence of course shopping on Pick A Prof, which headquarters decided is worthy of our recognition, albeit with some reluctance from the faculty. On the one hand, doing the work to identify the allegedly easy sections, from the Pick A Prof histograms and from the allied social networking services strikes me as more work than simply doing the homework. On the other hand, I wouldn't put it past a corner-cutter to do that sort of internet surfing, and work through the catalog options from easiest to hardest. It's a good thing the surfing and registration histories of students are confidential.
In case any economics students look in, tales of woe don't impress economists.
We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages. Nobody but a beggar chooses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow-citizens.What's missing is an incentive structure in which late registering students can make mutually beneficial agreements from professors that don't look like bribe-taking.