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This year's Maastricht city carnival prince is a real ‘Sjeng’ (i.e. born and bred in Maastricht), but one with a Maastricht law diploma and more than 25 years of service at the university and therefore a true member of the UM community. Maurice “d’n ierste” (the first) Olivers was proclaimed prince carnival on the Vrijthof last Sunday.
A boyhood dream has come true, says Olivers, who is the director of executive education at the School of Business and Economics in real life. “My father has been a member of the Tempeleers for 46 years. As a young boy, I always saw his hat on the table. For fifteen years there have been rumours that I might one day be a prince.” The next few weeks will be very busy for Prince Maurice “d’n ierste”. “The last week before carnival, I will be on the go full time,” he tells us from the train to Brussels. “I will visit schools, nursing homes, hospitals, businesses.”
“A real Sjeng does not drink beer from plastic cups,” said the man who has now become the new Maastricht city prince, last autumn in Observant. Olivers turns out to know his fellow citizens well. Unlike newly appointed mayor Hoes, who after a storm of criticism, suspended his decision to have beer served in plastic cups during carnival.