Dan Gross: It's not the Victoria's Secret model headed for Penn

Posted: March 29, 2011

BUZZ AROUND Penn's Wharton School of Business yesterday was that Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima had been accepted to the school. But to the dismay of most Wharton dudes, we hear it's not the Brazilian babe, but another woman by that name who will join the business program.

Penn doesn't comment on prospective students but we checked in with reps for the real Adriana Lima, just in case it is her, and they didn't get back to us.

Another Victoria's Secret alum, Tyra Banks, made news last week when it was reported that the TV host and producer will attend Harvard Business School.

* In far less sexy business-school news, Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider will speak at his alma mater, the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business on Friday at the school's Entrepreneurship Invitational. AOL co-founder Steve Case and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank are also among speakers at the event.

Out and about

Gentle giant Samuel Dalembert dunked in for dinner Saturday at Opa (1311 Sansom) with his fiancee Jaime Connelly and former Seton Hall teammate Charles Manga. Dalembert's a pal of Opa owners George and Vasiliki Tsiouris. The former Sixers center now plays for the Sacramento Kings, who defeated the Sixers Sunday afternoon.

* Mario Lopez caught Janet Jackson's Saturday show at the Borgata in Atlantic City, where he also played blackjack and dined at Bobby Flay Steak before hosting a party at the hotel's mur.mur nightclub. Also at the Borgata Saturday, spinning at Mixx, was Jackson's ex-boyfriend Jermaine Dupri who was DJing along with Sky Nellor. Rapper Busta Rhymes surprised the packed house by performing a few of his hits. After Jackson's Friday show the crowd headed to Mixx where Samantha Ronson and DJ Ruckus were spinning and where Joey Fatone, who soon shoots "Mancation" in the area, showed up and sang N'SYNC's "Dirty Pop."

* Lil Wayne and a few pals stopped by Talk of the Town (3020 S. Broad) Saturday to get cheesesteaks for his crew that was working his Wells Fargo Center concert that night.

* Anna Deavere Smith lunched Friday at Zama (128 S. 19th) where she also had eaten the day before. The "Nurse Jackie" actress, in town performing her one-woman show "Let Me Down Easy" through April 10 at the Suzanne Roberts Theater (Broad & Lombard), went with edamame, sashimi, and more.

* Style maven Carson Kressley was at Hello Home (10th & Pine) Sunday afternoon.

* "True Blood" actor Ryan Kwanten was spotted strolling the 1300 block of Chestnut Street Sunday afternoon.

DeBella bonds with Walken

WMGK morning host John DeBella and Christopher Walken realized they came from the same part of Astoria, Queens when DeBella had Walken on air yesterday to discuss his new film "Kill the Irishman."

Turns out DeBella's family frequented a bakery owned by Walken's family and a young Christopher Walken delivered cakes to the Astoria Manor, where DeBella's dad was GM.

Hart helping tourism board

Flyers anthemist Lauren Hart just taped a spot for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote the city as a great destination for health care meetings. PCVB's Bonnie Grant says she thought being a cancer survivor would help make Hart a good choice for the spot.

Charity at the ballpark

Celebrated Flyers goalie Bernie Parent is the honorary chairman, and funnyman Joe Piscopo the celebrity auctioneer for the Bethesda Project's 14th annual Gala and Auction April 26 at the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park. Tix: call 215-985-1600 ext. 208 or visit bethesdaproject.org.

Cosby chose Lincoln

Bill Cosby performs April 30 at Lincoln University's Cultural Center to kick off the school's Founders' Day Reunion Weekend. The Cos will also be the commencement speaker on May 1. For more info or tickets, visit lincoln.edu or call 484-365-7451.

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