"My cat, Simba, agrees instead of me. As he is not a legal entity, I don't really know how kitty's agreements would stand up in court, but I like to think he would be responsible for any breaches of contract, assuming the agreement is even enforceable." Teh hawesome.
Good grief. The whole process seems fundamentally broken to me. (9th year grad student? If I'd gone directly from UPS to that, I'd've been finishing up in 2005. In 2005, I was starting my 5th year as web manager at Pierce, and we'd owned our house for 3 years.)