Scrounging for quarters and making fruitless trips to the laundry room every few minutes to check on the status of their clothes just doesn't wash with most college students. But these inconveniences soon could be a thing of the past, if new technology being tested by Carnegie Mellon University proves successful.

Now through May 15, Carnegie Mellon is piloting a web-based laundry system, called eSuds, in three residence halls. If all goes well, officials say, the system will be installed campus-wide in August, just in time for the 2004-05 school year. ...

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