we have same problem,
i thing staff is spending more time to update server to 1.8. i guess without destroying map, loosing players data etc... so we should be patient here...
aaaand i guess it is kinda good thing because when we get whitelisted we will have more respect this server.
(in general, i think of it like when you are buying a gun, there is waiting period so you don't make something foolish)
Btw i can't change my password until i am whitelisted (it is currently random one that server gave me) so you are in the better shape there :3