Students sip “mock-tinis” as Matt Hogan plays upright bass at Lesley University’s Roosevelt Institution introductory “Think Swank” Nov. 1, 2005.

Students sip “mock-tinis” as Matt Hogan plays upright bass at Lesley University’s Roosevelt Institution introductory “Think Swank” Nov. 1, 2005.

Lesley University went black tie last night to inaugurate the latest chapter of the Roosevelt Institution, a think tank of students who’ve set out to turn term papers into white papers and volunteerism into policy. The institution, formed earlier this year, already has more than 120 schools involved and recently distributed the first issue of its journal, the Roosevelt Review.

The “Think Swank” event, organized by student Alison Ramer, was swanky but wonky, befitting students who are out to change the world. Ramer expressed disappointment that none of the invited faculty members attended – perhaps fulfilling a recent comment by the national institution’s executive director: That “think tanks like to call themselves colleges without the students. Roosevelt is a college without the professors.”

“That was something we did a lot of outreach for,” said Ramer of involving faculty members, because she feels intergenerational involvement is vital to, ultimately, improving the world.

Still, she said, “Students expressed real interest in joining. It was a good example of Lesley University students’ interest in making the world a better place.”